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Four new friars are clothed in the Carmelite habit
17 September 2011

On Friday 16th September four young men were clothed in the Carmelite friar's habit at the start of their novitiate. The four men, each from a different Province of the Order, will spend a year at Aylesford Priory in Kent, sharing the life of the community and growing in the Carmelite way of life, under the guidance of their Novice Director, Fr. Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm., who served as Prior General of the Order between 1995 and 2007.

Before their clothing ceremony the candidates spent some days on retreat with Fr. Damian Cassidy of the Aylesford community. As the Prior Provincial is currently attending the General Congregation in Canada, Fr. Damian acted as his delegate and also presided at the clothing ceremony. To read Fr. Damian's homily, click here.

The new brothers are from Britain, Poland, Malta and Germany, and were supported by representatives of their provinces. This intake of new brothers is the second international novitiate to be based at Aylesford in recent times; Brothers Torsten Rolfes and Tiago Casaleiro will shortly finish their time there and return to their home provinces to make Simple Profession.

Please keep the novices in your prayers as they embark on their life as Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.

The candidates state their request to be admitted as brothers of the Order.

The candidates are clothed in the brown Carmelite habit
as a symbol of belonging to the Order.

The new brothers with their Novice Director, Fr. Joseph Chalmers (centre).

Photographs courtesy of the Aylesford Carmelite community.