Many people who https://sportzonabrasil.com.br/futebol-bets are interested in studying the Carmelite
tradition are not able to attend a residential program. The Carmelite
Institute is making available a program of studies through distance education.
Students are invited to study the Carmelite tradition in their own homes and
This information is for the academic years
2005-2006 and 2006-2007.
The first semester begins September 15 and ends January 15.
The second semester begins February 15 and ends June 15.
Courses are taught at the graduate level. Completion
of an undergraduate degree is a prerequisite for taking courses for academic
Instructors are members of the Carmelite family, or other
interested scholars, with expertise in particular sportzonabrasil.com.br/futebol-bets areas of the Carmelite
tradition. They will prepare the syllabi, read written assignments, and guide
comprehension and further reading through their responses.
Students may take Carmelite courses for non-credit or credit and without
necessarily obtaining a certificate. Students, not registered for
credit, who successfully completed six required courses and one elective will
be awarded a Certificate in Carmelite Studies from the Carmelite Institute.
Students who successfully complete the same required and elective courses for
academic credit can be awarded a Graduate Certificate by the Washington
Theological Union. Four of the Carmelites courses taken for credit can
also be applied toward the degree program of Masters of Arts in Theology at
A Certificate in Carmelite Studies
1. The curriculum for the Certificate in Carmelite Studies
offers a comprehensive study, in reasonable depth, of the Carmelite tradition.
It has been developed with the needs www.sportzonabrasil.com.br/futebol-bets of the Carmelite family in mind, as well
as other interested persons. Seven courses for credit are required to complete
the WTU Certificate, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, a grade of B. Non-credit
courses are assigned a grade of P (pass) or F (fail).
2. Four of the required courses follow an historical
trajectory and study events, persons, documents, and spiritual themes
foundational to the Carmelite tradition:
Foundation Tradition: Carmel 1200 - 1300
The Reforming Tradition: Carmel 1300 - 1500
The Reform of Teresa of Avila: 1500 - 1600
Carmel Through the Modern Era: 1600 – Present
3. Two required courses study the writings and spirituality
of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross:
Avila I: Introduction or
Teresa of Avila II: Special Themes
John of the Cross I: Introduction or
John of the Cross II: Special Themes
4. One elective course is required. A student may choose a
course in Independent Study. This option is available for those who
already have a background in one or another required course and wish to study
the subject at greater depth, or who wish to study material not covered in the
courses offered. In such cases, the Institute will make every effort to match
the interest of the student with an appropriate instructor, and the two will
design a learning agreement observing the norms for required reading and
Information on Distance Education Procedures
a. Readings are assigned, for example, The Collected Works of St. Teresa
of Avila, and in some cases audio or videotapes.
• A minimum of 1,500 pages.
b. Written assignments are completed and sent by mail, fax, or e-mail, as
arranged with the instructor.
• A minimum of 30 pages, double-spaced.
• Assignments may consist of one or two large papers or several small
papers, depending on the requirements of the course.
a. Students will be responsible for purchasing readily
available materials. Publishers and other resources will be listed in the
b. Copies of materials that are not generally available
(reading packets and tapes) will be sent to each student with an invoice for
copying and shipping charges.
Instructors evaluate assignments and guide the learning process through
periodic communication, and determine satisfactory completion of the course.
The instructor will assign a grade for the course.
What is needed for
the Carmelite Institute:
wishing to take the Carmelite Certificate program or individual courses for
non-credit should submit to the Carmelite Institute a completed application
form, together with an application fee of $30 and information on their academic
interests and background.
Prior to the beginning of the semester,
A completed course
registration form, (click
link here to see form and print out). A completed photocopy of the
form is also acceptable. If you are
registering for the first time, please check the box on the form.
• A letter stating your reasons for studying the
Carmelite tradition and specifying whether you are intending to complete the
certificate or to study individual courses.
• A $200.00 tuition deposit, refundable, if you are not
accepted for the program.
To: Distance Education
Program, Carmelite Institute
1600 Webster Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017-3145
• Make checks payable to
the Carmelite Institute.
All payments must be made in U.S. dollars.
total fee for each course for credit is $800.00, with the remaining $600.00 due
before the beginning of the semester.
The total fee for
each non-credit course is $600.00, with the remaining $400.00 due before the
beginning of the semester.
A student will not be considered registered for the semester,
nor will a syllabus be sent, until the total fee is paid. This fee is subject to
change. Limited scholarship aid is available.
Refunds, Withdrawals, and Course Completion
Refunds, if a student must withdraw
from a course:
100% within the
first two weeks of the semester.
• 80% within the third week of the semester.
• 40% within the fourth week of the semester.
• No refunds are made after the fourth week of the
Evaluation, if a student cannot
complete a course:
• Students are required to notify the instructor and the
Institute’s office, within the first two months of the semester, when
withdrawing from a course. A grade "W" will be assigned. An
instructor can allow a student time beyond the end of the semester to complete
a course, and assign an "Incomplete" until the course requirements
have been fulfilled. However, the course must be completed by the middle of
the following semester.
The following applies to
to obtain academic credit from WTU:
Prior to the beginning of the semester, please send:
completion of a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
• A completed
application form which will be sent by WTU or which you may obtain from WTU’s
or by calling (800) 334-9922, ext. 5210.
• A one-time, non-refundable
application fee ($30.00). Pay using the WTU website (www.wtu.edu)
or send a check payable to Washington Theological Union.
To: Enrollment Services
Washington Theological Union
6896 Laurel Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012-2016.
• Upon successful completion of the
Certificate Program in Carmelite Studies, WTU will charge a $75.00 graduation
fee. This fee is subject to change.
• If you need a transcript, apply to the Registrar at WTU.
Courses are listed under "required" and
"elective" headings. A non-certificate student may take any course. It
is recommended that students pursuing a certificate take the foundational
courses in chronological order, and that only one course be taken each semester.
The Following Courses are Required for a Certificate:
PS 793D The Foundation Tradition: Carmel 1200-1300 3 cr.
Examines the early documents and development of the Carmelite Order and
its spirituality from its foundation (c.1206) through its first century, as
Carmel moved from a community of hermits to an international order of
Instructor: Patrick McMahon, O. Carm
PS 793E The Reforming Tradition: Carmel 1300-1500
Instructor: Patrick McMahon, O. Carm.
Examines the attempts to animate the Carmelite tradition
through the social and religious turbulence of the later Middle Ages and how
these attempts influenced the later Carmelite tradition which culminated in the
reforms of St. Teresa.
PS 793F The Reform of Teresa of Avila: 1500-1600
Instructor: Steven Payne, O.C.D.
Studies the reform of the Order by Teresa of Avila, and the
beginning of the Discalced Carmelites: the spiritual themes of Teresa and John
of the Cross.
PS 793G Carmel Through the Modern Era: 1600-Present
Instructor: Steven Payne,
Studies the reform of Touraine and the later history of the
Carmelites; the contributions of Lawrence of the Resurrection, Elizabeth of the
Trinity, Thérèse of Lisieux, Titus Brandsma, and Edith Stein.
Note: The instructor of record is responsible for the course
syllabus, is available for consultation during the course, and makes the final
evaluation. Adjunct readers may assist the instructor of record with responses
to assignments. Occasionally, an instructor may not be available to offer a
course in a given semester.
One of the following courses is required for a certificate
PS 794A Teresa of Avila I: Introduction 3 cr.
Instructor: John Welch, O.
A study of Teresa’s spirituality as presented in her major
writings: Life, The Way of Perfection, and The Interior Castle.
PS 794B Teresa of Avila II: Special Themes 3 cr.
Instructors: Vilma Seelaus, O.C.D. / John Welch, O.Carm.
A thematic approach to the spirituality of Teresa of Avila.
Particularly appropriate for those who have had a basic introduction to the
writings and spirituality of St. Teresa. Humility and prayer are
example themes which invite a contemporary interpretation.
One of the following courses is required for a Certificate:
PS 768A John of the Cross I: Introduction 3 cr.
Instructor: Michael Dodd
The spirituality of John of the Cross through a study of his
major poems and their commentaries: Ascent of Mount Carmel/ Dark Night, The
Spiritual Canticle, and The Living Flame of Love.
PS 769B John of the Cross II: Special Themes
Instructors: Constance FitzGerald, O.C.D. / Michael Dodd
A thematic approach which explores the language of desire and wisdom in John of the Cross’ writings. The student
develops an understanding for the contemplative movement John describes.
Appropriate for those who have had an introduction to John’s writings and
Electives:One of the following courses is required for a
PS 767 Thérèse of Lisieux 3 cr.
Instructor: John Russell, O. Carm.
An examination of the life and spiritual teachings of this
Patroness of the Missions and newest Doctor of the Church. Thérèse has been
called "a Vatican II in miniature," anticipating a church guided by
love, respectful of human dignity, grounded on the gospel, with a mission
PS 806 Methods of Contemplative Prayer 3 cr.
Instructor: Ernest Larkin, O. Carm.
Selected contemporary prayer forms of meditation and
centering will be compared with traditional Carmelite teaching on prayer. Lectio
Divina, The Cloud of Unknowing, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and
Thérèse of Lisieux will be examined for a perspective on these current forms
of active contemplation.
PS 807 Spiritual Guidance in the Carmelite Tradition
Instructor: Kevin Culligan, O.C.D.
This course reviews the spiritual journey to union with God as presented by
Carmelite authors, especially St. John of the Cross. It emphasizes the important
role of spiritual guidance throughout this journey, with special attention given
to questions that arise from today’s spiritual travelers.
PS 803 Mary and Carmel 3 cr.
Instructor: Eamon Carroll, O. Carm.
At the center of their original foundation in the Holy Land
the first Carmelites built a chapel to ‘the Lady of the place,’ proclaiming
themselves dedicated to our Lady, patroness, mother and sister, and claiming the
title Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. This course will study
the development of Marian devotion in the Carmelite family, and situate this
devotion in a contemporary theology of Mary.
PS 804 The Complex of Carmelite Culture 3
Instructor: David Blanchard, O. Carm.
A course in methods, in which students read standard works in
symbol theory and hermeneutics, which is the study of what occurs when we
interpret a text or event. The purpose is to develop skills in symbolic analysis
and the interpretation of Carmelite texts and events. Much of the reading is
devoid of specific Carmelite content but will prove useful for the study of
Carmelite history, spirituality, art (visual and literary), and metaphor.
PS 730 Elijah and Carmel 3 cr.
Instructor: Jane Ackerman, Ph.D.
Traces Elijah, traditional patron of the Order, from his
appearance in I Kings through the traditions of the Desert Fathers and formative
early documents of the Order down to what Carmelites are saying about him in the
present. Shifts in Carmelite storytelling about their great contemplative and
prophetic model occur at times of change in the Order.
PS 729 Prophets of the Presence of God
Instructor: Daniel Chowning, O.C.D.
The spirituality of two of Carmel’s prophets of God’s
presence, Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity and Brother Lawrence of the
Resurrection, is examined. A careful reading of Blessed Elizabeth’s retreats
and letters from Carmel and Brother Lawrence’s conversations and letters
reveal how each one expressed and lived out their vocation to continual prayer
by walking always in God’s presence.
PS 767B Edith Stein 3 cr.
Instructor: Dianne Marie Traflet, STD
A study of the life and spirituality of Edith Stein, Sr.
Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, who died in Auschwitz in 1942. She was canonized
by Pope John Paul II on October 11, 1998. Readings will include primary sources,
including Stein’s autobiography, correspondence, poetry, and essays.
PS 767C Titus Brandsma 3cr.
Instructors: Jane Lytle-Vieira, MSW / Joachim Smet, O.Carm.
The life and selected writings of
the Dutch Carmelite killed in Dachau. Included will be Titus’s role in Church
resistance to Nazi occupation, a study of his letters from prison, his
contemporary relevance and how he is/is not representative of Carmelite
PS 801 Carmelite Liturgy 3 cr.
Instructor: James Boyce, O. Carm.
The course will discuss the development of the Carmelite
liturgy from the practices of the first Carmelites to a full-fledged liturgical
tradition. Emphasis will be on the 1312 Ordinal of Sibert de Beka. Feasts proper
to the Carmelite rite and manuscripts which follow the prescriptions of Sibert’s
Ordinal will be investigated.
S900 Independent Study 3 cr.
An instructor and participant will develop a learning
agreement for the study of a particular aspect of the Carmelite tradition.
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