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Sunday, 29 December 2013


In 1156, the Carmelite order, the popular name for members of the Order of Our Lady, was founded as a community of hermits in Palestine by the French hermit, Berthold.

The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem wrote the rule for the Carmelites. The rule is severe, prescribing poverty, abstinence from meat, and solitude.

The 16th century mystic and Carmelite order reformer, St Teresa of Avila,taught that “almonds are good for girls who do not eat meat.”

A Carmelite monk, Père Sebastian Jean Truchet, invented the ear trumpet. His pioneering model was basically a long horn with a large pointed opening at one end.

The Carmelites are known as White Friars because of the white overmantle they wear (over a brown habit).

Source Hutchinson Encyclopedia © RM 2013. Helicon Publishing is division of RM.

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