The Carmelite Institute, Washington, DC, founded by five Carmelite and Discalced Carmelite provinces in the United States, promotes studies in the Carmelite Tradition and make the tradition available for all who are interested in a spiritual life.

Washington Theological Union is a Roman Catholic school for ministry offering master's degrees, graduate certificates, and continuing education programs for men and women, religious and lay, to prepare them for ministries of service, witness, mission and leadership.

The Carmelite Chair of Spirituality is endowed by the Chicago Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary.  The province has also established a scholarship fund to assist students in Carmelite Studies.



The Carmelite Chair of Spirituality at the Union together with the Carmelite Institute offers a certificate in Carmelite Studies. The certificate program provides a comprehensive introduction to the history and spirituality of the 800-year Carmelite tradition.  The program traces the development of the tradition from its origins through the Teresian Reform to its present day witness.

Among the figures studied are Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, Lawrence of the Resurrection, Elizabeth of the Trinity, Thérèse of Lisieux, Titus Brandsma, and Edith Stein.  Courses explore the Carmelite concerns such as human development, community, prayer, and prophetic living.  Participants have access to Carmelite faculty and the Carmelitana Collection, as specialized library in the Carmelite tradition located at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC.

Two semesters of study are required for the certificate, and participa
nts may begin in either the Fall Semester (September) or Spring Semester (January).  Once semester of study is possible.  This Carmelite program is included within the Union Sabbatical program.



Requirements

A completed application to Washington Theological Union including:

  • an official transcript showing completion of Bachelor's Degree
  •  a brief (one or two page) autobiography, including an explanation of interest in the certificate program.
  • two letters of recommendation

To request an application, or for more information contact:

Office of Enrollment Services
Washington Theological Union
6896 Laurel Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012
Phone 800-334-9922 / 202-726-8800, ext. 5213
Fax: 202-726-1716
e-mail: admissions@wtu.edu

Housing and Tuition

The primary site for the program is Washington Theological Union in Takoma Park, Washington, DC.  The Union has 45 rooms available for residents.  Costs for room and board and tuition and fees are detailed in the Union catalog on our website:  www.wtu.edu

Faculty

Carmelite faculty:

  • Marjorie Antus, O.C.D.S.
  • Patrick McMahon, O.Carm.
  • Steven Payne, O.C.D.
  • John Welch, O.Carm.

Lecturers:

  • David Blanchard, O.Carm.
  • Donald Buggert, O.Carm.
  • Michael Dodd, O.C.D.
  • Keith J. Egan, T.O.Carm.
  • Constance FitzGerald, O.C.D.
  • Leopold Glueckert, O.Carm.
  • Elizabeth Teresa Howe, Ph.D.
  • Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D.
  • Jane Lytle-Viera, O.C.D.S.
  • John Sullivan, O.C.D.
  • Alison Weber, Ph.D.
  • Each semester, additional Carmelite lecturers and visiting faculty will teach in the program.

 Courses
Required for Certificate:

FALL SEMESTER

THE FOUNDATION TRADITION: CARMEL 1200-1300
3credits
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.

THE REFORMING TRADITION: CARMEL 1300-1500
3
credits
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.

TERESA OF AVILA
2
credits
A study of Teresa's spirituality as presented in her major writings:
Life,
The Way of Perfection, and The Interior Castle.

SPRING SEMESTER

THE REFORM OF TERESA OF AVILA: 1500-1600
3
credits
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.

CARMEL THROUGH THE MODERN ERA: 1600-PRESENT
3
credits
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.

JOHN OF THE CROSS
2
credits
The spirituality of John of the Cross through a study of his major poems and their commentaries: Ascent of Mount Camel/Dark Night, The Spiritual Canticle, and The Living Flame of Love.

INDEPENDENT CARMELITE STUDY
2
credits
Students will do independent study on a Carmelite topic of interest. The paper produced will ordinarily include discussion of an historical period, a major writer in the tradition, and a theme. This independent study is the equivalent of one course.

ELECTIVES IN THEOLOGY
Each semester students are encouraged to take an elective course in a theological discipline which broadens the context for Carmelite
studies. Courses may be chosen from a wide range of studies in contemporary theology, scripture, and ecclesiastical history; also available are ministry-oriented courses such as pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, prayer, evangelization, church law, and pastoral leadership.

Depending upon a student's background and interest, the certificate program may be taken for audit or credit. In either case, the Certificate in Carmelite Studies requires the completion of all assignments in required courses. The certificate may be included in a program of studies for a Master's degree in theology with a concentration in Carmelite studies.

Summer courses are available.


TESTIMONIALS

"The Carmelite Studies program is probably the most comprehensive overview of Carmelite history and spirituality I am aware of in English.  Integrating history, theology and spirituality with our diverse experiences and backgrounds has been challenging and enriching. With a more mature appreciation of this deep, tried and relevant tradition, I feel a great stimulus for ongoing personal growth and commitment in a society hungry for the experience of God."

"My year of Carmelite Studies was both spiritually and intellectually challenging.  There was also a strong spirit of camaraderie among the students, and we had a lot of fun!  I loved it so much that I stayed on at the Union for an M.A. in Theology."


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