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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Carmelites at International Medieval Conference
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 As a part of the celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of the giving of the Carmelite Way of Life (Formula Vitae) by St Albert of Jerusalem around 1207, a day of papers and discussions took place yesterday, at the annual International Medieval Congress. The event, at the University of Leeds, brings together the largest gathering of medievalists in Europe. The opening paper of Session I: An introduction to the Rule and its author(s) was given by the Prior General of the Carmelite Order - Most Rev Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm. Other papers given were: Session I: The Rule of Saint Albert ­ Text and Context The Hermit Community on Mount Carmel, c. 1207, Rev Dr Patrick T McMahon, Institutum Carmelitanum, Rome. The Rule of St Albert and Liturgy, Rev Professor James Boyce, Department of Art History & Music, Fordham University. Session II: Devotion and the Carmelite Imagination The Carmelite Missal Revisited, Dr Valerie Edden, Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing, University of Birmingham / Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland. The Carmelite Altar-Piece, Vienna, Dr. Karl-Heinz Steinmetz, Institut für Theologie der Spiritualität, University of Vienna. Session III: The Rule of Saint Albert beyond the Cloister The Rule of St Albert and Vernacular Spirituality in Medieval England, Johan Bergström-Allen, Carmelite Institute of Britain & Ireland / University of Lausanne. Three Rules for Hermits: St Albert, St Linus & St Celestine, Dr Michelle M. Sauer, Department of English, Minot State University, North Dakota. How Might Margery Kempe Have Read Felip Ribot's Decem Libri?, Professor Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Shizuoka University. Session IV: The Identity of Orthodoxy, Carmelites, and Dissent Monks, Mendicants, or Hermits: Who Were the Medieval Carmelites?, Dr. Markus Schürer, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Institut für eschichte, Technische Universität, Dresden. Fighting Lollardy with the Rule of St Albert, Fr Kevin Alban, Institutum Carmelitanum, Rome / London University. Under Pressure: Risking Existence, Establishing Identity, Rev. Dr Paul Chandler, Institutum Carmelitanum, Rome / Melbourne College of Divinity. The day closed with a round-table discussion chaired by Tony Lester, Prior Provincial of the British Province of Carmelites which explored avenues for future collaboration between the Carmelite Family and the academic community. The day was organised by Johan Bergström-Allen - Projects and Publications Worker for the British Province of Carmelites and arranged as a collaborative project between the British Province of Carmelites and the Institutum Carmelitanum in Rome. It is planned that the papers given will be published jointly by Saint Albert's Press and Edizioni Carmelitane. A number of different bodies sponsored the various sessions: The British Province of Carmelites, The Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland, Institutum Carmelitanum, International Anchoritic Society and the Lollard Society. Another Carmelite involved in the IMC was Rev Dr Richard Copsey who gave a paper on The Organisation of the Medieval Carmelite Province. The Order of Carmelite came to Britain in 1242 and along with other Religious Orders were suppressed at the Reformation. After a number of attempts The Carmelite presence was re-established in 1926. For more information see: and
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