The Carmelite Institute offers both residential and distance education programs in Carmelite Studies.


For those able to attend courses in the Washington, DC, area, the Carmelite Institute, in conjunction with the Carmelite Chair of Spirituality at the Washington Theological Union, offers an accredited graduate certificate in Carmelite Studies. The two-semester certificate program provides a comprehensive introduction to the history and spirituality of the Carmelites, tracing the development of the tradition from its thirteenth century origins through the Teresian Reform to its present day witness. Among the figures studied are Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Lawrence of the Resurrection, Thérèse of Lisieux, Elizabeth of the Trinity, Titus Brandsma, and Edith Stein. Courses explore the Carmelite contribution to contemporary concerns such as human development, community, prayer, and prophetic living. Students may begin in either the fall or spring semesters, and they may pursue the certificate as part of the Union Sabbatical program. Participants have access to various Carmelite resources in the capital area, including the Carmelitana Collection at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC.


For those living further afield, the Carmelite Institute offers the same Certificate in Carmelite Studies described above through our Distance Education Program. Six required courses and one elective course are needed to complete the program, though individual courses may be taken without the intent of obtaining the certificate. Courses ordinarily require a minimum of 1,500 pages of reading and 30 double-spaced pages of written work. Instructors are members of the Carmelite family and other interested scholars with expertise in particular areas of the Carmelite tradition. They prepare the syllabi, read written assignments, and guide comprehension and further reading through their responses. Both required and elective courses are taught at the graduate level and are available for credit to those who meet the admissions requirements of the Washington Theological Union. A non-credit certificate is also available through the Institute itself.


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