The latest news from the Carmelite Order and from the Bay Area Region.

Also included are details about two electronic newsletters for Lay Carmelites: the Lay Carmelite e-Bulletin, published by the Order, and the Carmelite Review, a quarterly newsletter published by the Carmelite Media Office of the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary.

A Message for the Year of Consecrated Life

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Dated on 12TH March 2015, anniversary of the canonization of Saint Teresa of Jesus, the Prior General of the Carmelites, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral O. Carm together with the Superior General of the Discalced Carmelites, Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, OCD., have sent a letter to all the members of the whole Carmelite family throughout the world on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life.

St. Teresa’s Teaching on the Grades of Prayer

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When Pope Paul VI proclaimed St. Teresa of Ávila the first woman Doctor of the Church on September 27, 1970, he selected one of her many titles as the basis for conferring that honor on her: Teresa of Ávila, Teacher of Prayer. The same sentiment was expressed by Pope John Paul II in a letter to the Superior General of the Discalced Carmelite Friars to mark the fourth centenary of the death of Teresa. In this insightful article, Fr. Jordan Aumann, O.P., details the various stages of prayer as explained by St. Teresa through all of her major works—The Life, The Way of Perfection, and The Interior Castle.