At the time of the Crusades in the Holy Land, men desired to follow Christ in his homeland by living lives
of prayerful solitude and service. One such group settled on Mount Carmel, a place filled with the spirit of
the Old Testament prophet Elijah. These hermits settled in various places throughout Palestine. They were
following the example of Elijah,
a holy man and a lover of solitude, and adopted solitary life-styles on Mount Carmel.
Sometime in the early 13th century, St. Albert, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, set down a way of life for
hermits in the form of a rule for following Christ and serving him faithfully with a pure heart and
conscience. This rule of St. Albert along with the inspiration of St. Elijah still guides Carmelites today.
The Carmelites through the ages to the present have lived in a unique fashion as contemplatives in action.
They engage in preaching, teaching, and spiritual direction. As you read this article they serve as
missionaries, as university and high school educators, or in pastoral care. But we, Crusaders’sons came
to know the Carmelites as they led us through our
high school education and into manhood. From Father
A. Carter to B. Daley, Mount
and 7011 S. Hoover Street held an alphabet full of
Whether Father McCallum drilled geometry into your head
(literally) of Brother Lawrence
O. Brown provided practical applications testing of
aeronautical drag coefficient and
line theory for NASA with one of his many paddles
while providing discipline to
few; they made us better individuals to God, to
family and to country.
Carmelites through history have walked in the light of Christ seeking to help those whom God sends into their lives to see that same light. To follow Jesus Christ as Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, called together by the Holy Spirit; to live as Elijah in the presence of God; to serve the needs of the Church and each other in love: this has always been the life purpose of the Carmelites; and hopefully from their example and teaching, that of we Crusaders’ sons.
|Mount Carmel is located in Israel, stretching southeast from
the Meditarranean Sea. It was know as "vineyard of God."