prophet The Carmelite Order has no founder as such. Little is known about its early beginnings. In the late twelfth or early thirteenth century a group of men - some, pilgrims from Europe, others, possibly former crusaders - settled on the slopes of Mount Carmel near the Spring of Elijah. Calling themselves the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, they tried to live, in the spirit of the prophet Elijah, a life of solitude and prayer.

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Photos of Mt. Carmel site on this and following 2 pages reproduced with permission from ‘Carmel in the Holy Land’ edited by Silvano Giordanp ocd, published by Il Messaggero di Gesu Bambino - Aranzano, Italy.