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 communities.

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 credit.

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 WTU.

    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:

The 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:

Teresa of 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 written work.

   Information on Distance Education Procedures  

Course Requirements

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.

Course Materials

a. Students will be responsible for purchasing readily available materials. Publishers and other resources will be listed in the syllabus.

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.


   Enrollment Procedures  

What is needed for the Carmelite Institute:

Students 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, please send:

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.

The 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 semester.

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 those desiring
to obtain academic credit from WTU:

Prior to the beginning of the semester, please send:

Transcripts showing 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 website: www.wtu.edu 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 mendicant friars 
      Instructor: Patrick McMahon, O. Carm

PS 793E The Reforming Tradition: Carmel 1300-1500    3 cr.
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.
     Instructor: Patrick McMahon, O. Carm.

PS 793F The Reform of Teresa of Avila: 1500-1600   3 cr.
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.
     Instructor: Steven Payne, O.C.D.

PS 793G Carmel Through the Modern Era: 1600-Present   3 cr.
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.
     Instructor: Steven Payne, O.C.D.

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.
A study of Teresa’s spirituality as presented in her major writings: Life, The Way of Perfection, and The Interior Castle.
     Instructor: John Welch, O. Carm.

PS 794B Teresa of Avila II: Special Themes   3 cr.
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.
     Instructors: Vilma Seelaus, O.C.D. / John Welch, O.Carm.

   One of the following courses is required for a Certificate:   

PS 768A John of the Cross I: Introduction   3 cr.
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.
     Instructor: Michael Dodd

PS 769B John of the Cross II: Special Themes   3 cr.
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 spirituality.
     Instructors: Constance FitzGerald, O.C.D. / Michael Dodd

  Electives:One of the following courses is required for a Certificate:  

PS 767 Thérèse of Lisieux   3 cr.
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 orientation.
     Instructor: John Russell, O. Carm.

PS 806 Methods of Contemplative Prayer   3 cr.
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.
     Instructor: Ernest Larkin, O. Carm.

PS 807 Spiritual Guidance in the Carmelite Tradition   3 cr.
 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. 
     Instructor: Kevin Culligan, O.C.D.

PS 803 Mary and Carmel   3 cr.
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.
     Instructor: Eamon Carroll, O. Carm.

PS 804 The Complex of Carmelite Culture   3 cr.
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.
     Instructor: David Blanchard, O. Carm.

PS 730 Elijah and Carmel   3 cr.
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.
    Instructor: Jane Ackerman, Ph.D.

PS 729 Prophets of the Presence of God   3 cr.
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.
     Instructor: Daniel Chowning, O.C.D.

PS 767B Edith Stein   3 cr.
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.
     Instructor: Dianne Marie Traflet, STD

PS 767C Titus Brandsma   3cr. 
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 spirituality.
     Instructors: Jane Lytle-Vieira, MSW / Joachim Smet, O.Carm.

PS 801 Carmelite Liturgy   3 cr.
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.
     Instructor: James Boyce, O. Carm.

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.
     Instructor: TBD


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