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Sunday, December 11, 2016
New Carmelite Institute of Spirituality
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 A new Institute of Carmelite Studies is to be launched in Dublin on 11 September. Its aim is to promote the study of the Carmelite tradition. The Carmelite heritage is much appreciated around the world, not only amongst Catholics, but also Anglicans and other Christians. Scholars of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism are now giving more attention to this spirituality, which has it origins on Mount Carmel (near Haifa) in the 13th century. Particularly appreciated by Christians and world religions are the two Spanish mystics, St Teresa of Avila, St John of the Cross, and the French saint Thérèse of Lisieux. In recent decades there is growing interest in the Carmelite philosopher, and saint, Edith Stein, who was gassed in Auschwitz in 1942. There is no centre in Britain or Ireland where this tradition can be comprehensively studied. The newly established Institute will provide distance learning at introductory and degree levels. The Carmelite Institute and its awards are accredited by the Milltown Institute Dublin, a recognised College of the National University of Ireland. The Carmelite Institute is sponsored by the Carmelite Provincials (O.Carm and OCD) of Britain and Ireland. The tutors are experts from among Carmelite friars, Carmelite nuns, sisters and lay people, mostly, but not exclusively from Britain and Ireland. Information on the Institute, is available on www.cibi.ie.
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