Order of Carmelites
Order of Carmelites
Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary
Legally incorporated as 'Society of Mount Carmel'
Provincial Office
1317 Frontage Road
Darien, IL 60561
Phone: 630.971.0050
Elijah
In the Hebrew Bible, Elijah is a solitary figure. On Mount Carmel — where the Carmelite hermits first settled — he challenged his people to choose one God for Israel — Yahweh or Baal. According to the First Book of Kings, chapter 18, in a contest with the prophets of Baal, Elijah’s sacrifice was consumed by fire, which proved to the people that Yahweh was the true God.

Undertaking God’s work, Elijah started a journey through the desert, but became overwhelmed by his fears. Sitting under a bush, he prayed to die. But God provided Elijah with what he needed to continue his journey to Mount Horeb. There Elijah became aware of God — not with the usual awe inspiring signs of power that were traditionally seen to be God's presence such as fire and earthquake, but rather as a gentle breeze. Elijah was sent back to his people refreshed. From Elijah, Carmelites learn to become aware of the presence of God in the unexpected and to be silent enough to hear God’s whisper.

“God lives in whose presence I stand”, says Elijah, and the Carmelites try to follow, recognizing God in everyone they meet and serve.

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At its centenary, the Province had spread throughout the United States with some 300 members
The mark of our Province signifes Mt. Carmel, Elijah, Elisha and Mary.
The founding document of our structure.
Recognize God in all we meet and serve.
The organizational structure of our Order.