The Carmelites in Britain have been following the ​guidelines and advice from the government and from the Catholic Bishops Conference regarding public services. We have now reached the point where all these services, except funerals, have been suspended from the evening of Friday 20th March. A very strong part of Catholic identity is communal worship at Sunday Mass and many people will find the lack of this very difficult. The Carmelites are continuing to pray for all the people who come to our churches, as well as the country at large. There will be further announcements about ways in which we will try to be of service in these difficult times.


One of the key elements in Christian spirituality is that there is a relationship in each one of us between our very self and God. While the external, communal dimension is important and necessary, nonetheless, each one of as an individual is called to live a personal relationship with God. St Teresa of Avila expresses this most beautifully: “The soul of each one is nothing else but a paradise where the Lord says He finds His delight.”


The situation we find ourselves in is without precedent in recent history – even in the Second World War there was Mass! However, our tradition offers us support and ways of coping. Here is an occasion to deepen our individual relationship with the Lord.


Our media pages will keep you up to date about televised events. Let’s pray for one another at this time.


Kevin Alban O. Carm.

(Prior Provincial of the British Carmelites)