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.

St. Teresa’s Teaching on the Grades of Prayer

Teresa of Ávila

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.

2015 Lay Carmelite Convocation in Atlanta

Lay Carmelite Convocation artwork

A brochure and registration information for the upcoming Lay Carmelite Convocation was mailed to all received and professed Lay Carmelites at the end of January 2015. The packet contains a brochure, registration form, and details about a Leadership In-Service day. All received and professed Lay Carmelites are encouraged to attend what will be an interesting and informative gathering of Lay Carmelites from the two U.S. provinces.