We offer courses and programmes, based mostly on Carmelite spirituality and its ancient tradition of prayer.
The Prophetic Spirituality of Elizabeth of the Trinity
Starting 8th November, 2020
In this 10 week course you will learn about Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, why her spirituality continues to be relevant for today, and the main themes in her writings. Drawing on Elizabeth’s experience, this course will provide you with a systematic study of the foundational means and principles for an authentic response to Christ’s invitation and calling to deeper conversion and intimacy, as well as participation in his mission.
Units 1 & 2: Introduction & Background
Units 3 & 4: Carmelite formative influences
Units 5 & 6: Figures of Inspiration
Units 7 & 8: Reading Scripture with Elizabeth; Transformed in the Crucified Christ
Units 9 & 10: The Mystery of the Trinity; The Centrality of Silence & Solitude
Units 11 & 12: Prayer in the Life of Elizabeth; The Blessed Virgin as Model of Silence
Units 13 & 14: Liturgical Spirituality & Sacramental Life
Units 15 & 16: The Priesthood and the Lay Vocation
Units 17 & 18: Major Writings
Units 19 & 20: The Universal Call to Holiness; Elizabeth for Today
Mystical Wisdom of the Ages: Insights from the Carmelite Doctors of the Church
Starting October 1st, 2020
This course will explore the mystical wisdom of Saints Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and Thérèse of Lisieux – three figures recognised as “Doctors of the Church.” We will consider the significance of each saint in their particular historical context and then contemplate the ways in which their life and writings crackle with relevance for people today seeking to grow in the spiritual life. Throughout the course, there will be opportunities to engage with selections from these mystics’ writings and commentaries on their contemporary importance, as well as scope to reflect upon how Teresa, John and Thérèse are meaningful to us personally.
Spiritual Directors Training Programme
September 2021 – May 2023
- The Spiritual Direction Training Programme (Carmelite Tradition) builds on an interpretation of the experience of journeying towards intimacy with God as expressed in the life of the Carmelite saints and deriving principles from this for the growth and flourishing of the spiritual life. The programme therefore has its foundation in the spirituality of the Carmelite tradition. At the heart of this spirituality is a prayerful listening and response to the God who befriends us and an expressing of this experience through a life of contemplative awareness and friendship with one another.
- The Programme is centred on journeying with others who seek to deepen and grow in their personal relationship with God. There are no set rules for this, and no single pathway, but a willingness to deepen one’s contemplative awareness and to respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit who is ever calling us and working towards the greater fulfilment and wholeness of each person.
- One does not need to be a Carmelite or even know much of Carmelite spirituality to be part of the Programme. All that is necessary is to have a heartfelt desire to draw from the rich tradition of Carmelite spirituality in deepening one’s own bond with God and to walk with others as they journey through life