for making the Definitive Promise through a deeper immersion in the spiritual
tradition of Teresian Carmel as exemplified by the Carmelite Doctors of the
Church:St. Teresa of Jesus, St. John of
the Cross, and St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.The candidate will work to integrate this
Carmelite spirituality into their lives as lay persons.
St. Teresa of Jesus:
The Interior Castle (one year)
The Interior Castle
(Study Edition) is studied throughout this year of formation.It is read as Teresa’s mature teaching on the
life of prayer, her last book.Fr.
Kavanaugh’s introduction, summaries, notes, and glossary provide organizational
helps and background information to assist in personal reading and group
St. Therese of of
the Child Jesus and the Holy Face:Story of a Soul(one year)
The Story of a Soul (Study Edition) is read and studied throughout this
year of formation.It is studied as the
major document we have from Therese’s own hand describing her life and
spirituality.The Study Edition will
help to provide additional background and context to Therese’s writing.
St. John of the
Cross: His Writings and Spiritual Teaching (one year)
This year of formation is
built around The Ascent of Mount Carmel: Reflections by Fr. Marc Foley,
O.C.D . The candidate is thus introduced to a broad spectrum of the spiritual
journey, and wisdom for living it, as taught by St. John. It is expected that
compatible selected chapters from The Collected Works of St. John of the
Cross and the Bible would be
read to accompany the brief selections to give additional breadth and context.
Requirements to Make
the Definitive Promise:
The Formation Director
interviews the candidate and reviews the theology of the Promise
At the invitation of the
Council and after the candidate has completed 36 sessions, the Council
interviews the candidate.
At the time of the interview, a
letter of intent is submitted.The
candidate’s letter of intent states why he/she feels prepared and wants to
make the Definitive Promise.
The Council must then discern
whether to admit the person to the Definitive Promise or recommend that
the person continue an additional period of time not exceeding 3 years.
(Provincial Statutes III, #38)
Input from the Director of Formation and
the Formation team is highly recommended as part of the discernment