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
PCM in PERU

Following a call by the Church to assist in the evangelization of Latin America, the Carmelites of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Province arrived in Peru in 1949. Our presence began by administering Nuestra Señora del Carmen parish in a then new neighborhood called San Antonio in the Miraflores district of Lima.

In 1956 a major commitment to the Carmelite mission in Perú was made with the opening of Colegio Nuestra Señora del Carmen (Carmelitas), one of the finest secondary schools in the country. The school began with two sections of kindergarten and first grade, for boys, with the help of the IHM Sisters. In 1961, under the direction of Carmelite Alban Quinn, construction began on a building for the secondary school. High School classes began the following year. In 1964 young girls were finally admitted to kindergarten making the college coed.

An evening elementary school was instituted under the direction of the province in 1963 for the children of families without the financial means to attend other religious schools. Classes were held in the elementary school building of Carmelitas. An afternoon school was for the girls and the night school was held for men. Administered by Nuestra Señora del Carmen parish, the school grew tremendously in the 1990s. In 2001 a secondary level was added. In 2005 the school transferred to its current location in the Barranco district of Lima. In 2017 the school was expanded to an adjoining multi-story house providing additional classrooms, teacher prep rooms and a small rooftop playground.

From 2009-2012 the school was the responsibility of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary but returned to the Province in 2012. It is well respected for the success of its students.

In 1976 the Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen was established in José Gálvez in a diocese to the south of Lima. The Carmelites assisted with various ministries in the area eventually taking responsibility of administering the parish of Nuestra Señora del Carmen and Santa Teresita in José Gálvez.

The parish college Nuestro Salvador was established in 1967. It originally was located in Santísimo Salvador in nearby Pachacámac but relocated in 1971 to José Gálvez. In 1989 the Carmelite Order assumed responsibility for the school. The school started with seven classrooms and administrative offices. But the school building continues to be added onto as the number of students continues to grow. Today the school has 30 classrooms, a science lab, a computer lab, a large library, and area for pastoral programs. Between 2002 and 2004 a football field and four additional classrooms were added. A number of specialized classes are for students with developmental disabilities. It has a very creative program of family involvement based upon the symbols in the Carmelite shield. This school enjoys a very strong reputation for the quality of its programs.

In 1998, a private hacienda in Lurín, a few miles south of José Gálvez, was purchased and rededicated as a retreat house, Villa Carmelita. In the early 2000s a new structure was added with additional rooms for retreatants, a separate kitchen/dining room, and meeting areas. A neighboring property was purchased and established as the novitiate in 2006. A columbarium was also built on this portion of the grounds for the internment of the deceased members of the commissariat.

In 1959 the Carmelites were given responsibility for the care of the entire Prelature of Sicuani (comprising the civil provinces of Canchis, Canas, Espinar and Chumbivilcas) in the ecclesiastical province of Cusco in the Andes Mountains. Carmelite Nevin Hayes was appointed the first bishop.

The prelature, established in 1959 by Pope St. John XXIII, is around 13,000 feet above sea level and covers an area of 5,960 square miles. Approximately 85.4% of the total population of 274,000 is Catholic. In addition to Bishop Hayes, two other Carmelites have served as the leader of the prelature: Mons. Albano Quinn Wilson and Bishop Miguel La Fay Bardi. Pope Benedict XVI appointed a non-Carmelite as successor to Bishop La Fay in 2013. Two Carmelites from the province continue to serve in the prelature.
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At its centenary, the Province had spread throughout the United States with some 300 members
The Carmelites of the PCM Province have been serving the people of Canada since 1875.
The PCM Province is expanding greatly in Mexico and, recently, in El Salvador.
The PCM Province is expanding greatly in Mexico and, recently, in El Salvador.
Once a handful of missions, now rapidly growing in the Order.