The Order of Carmelites has been founded 800 years ago on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land.What we call “Carmel” is really a way of life in which they try to be aware of the Presence of God in the most ordinary, everyday things.Carmelites live together in community so that they can support one another in their desire to live up to what God wants of them. They share prayer times, meals, concerns, and, sometimes, work. They are brothers to one another and call each other to accountability for their way of life.Carmelite friars are pastors, teachers, and spiritual directors. But, they’re also lawyers, hospital chaplains, musicians and artists. There is no one ministrythatdefines a Carmelite. They pray for the freedom to respond to needs wherever they find them.