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Image 43Welcome!
Carmel is a worldwide Christian religious family that first came to Britain in 1242 and is alive and active today with over forty communities of friars, religious sisters and lay Carmelites in England, Scotland and Wales.

Carmelites seek to be contemplatives, friends with God, who form praying communities at the service of all God's people. Reading the signs of the times we are engaged in many different ministries of service and presence: retreats and spiritual development; parishes; shrine ministry (including Aylesford Priory and the National Shrine of St. Jude in Faversham); prison, hospital and university chaplaincy; counselling; teaching and research; publishing and broadcasting; ecumenism and interfaith dialogue; justice and peace work; and many other apostolates. We are an active partner in the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland (CIBI).
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European Lay Carmelite Congress
The first European Lay Carmelite Congress took place at Aylesford Priory, England, 25-28 July 2014, to foster friendship and communication across the European area of the Order.
more about:European Lay Carmelite Congress