The Discalced Carmelites are a religious Order whose heritage reaches back to a community of hermits living on Mount Carmel in Palestine during the late-12th century. In 16th century Spain, St. Teresa of Jesus-with the assistance of St. John of the Cross-initiated the "Discalced Reform" within the Carmelite Order, which came to be recognized as a new, separate Order.
The friars seek to live a life of faithful prayer, seeking union with God through a "life of allegiance to Jesus Christ." Our Constitutions mandate two hours of silent prayer every day. Our current provincial ministries include retreat work, spiritual direction, publication, shrine ministry (at Holy Hill), and mission work in Kenya. As brothers in community we live as a family at the service of the Church-to bear a message of hope, to be a quiet but constant sign of God's presence in the world. In the company of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we ponder the words of her Son and the mystery of His Love.
Fr. Elijah Martin, O.C.D.
Province of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Discalced Carmelite Friars
Basilica Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill
1525 Carmel Road
Hubertus, WI 53033