A person wishing to start living in Carmel should possess the following gifts:

 

  • love for prayer
  • ability to live in a fraternity
  • interest in Carmelite life and spirituality
  • true implementation of the ideal of religious life
  • ability to formulate objective judgments, ability to correctly evaluate and understand the reality
  • ability to gain objective knowledge of himself
  • sense of responsibility
  • reliability
  • ability to love selflessly and sacrifice himself
  • concern for the common good
  • predispositions towards cooperation and establishing interpersonal relations
Contraindications for leading a life in Carmel:

 

  • lack of passion for and aversion to prayer
  • insensitivity to spiritual life
  • inability to live in a fraternity
  • inability to live in obedience, chastity and poverty
  • lack of good physical health
  • lack of mental and emotional balance
  • lack of flexibility; obstinacy, inability to accept comments/criticism
  • strong self-centredness
  • inability to integrate in a community and temperament that makes living in a community difficult
  • instability in the faith, changeability under the influence of false doctrines, religious ignorance
  • love of comfort, aversion to sacrifice
  • practising homosexuality, deeply rooted homosexual tendency, supporting ‘gay culture’
Documents needed

 

  • Request for admission to the Order (including motivation).
  • Handwritten curriculum vitae.
  • Copy of birth certificate from the registry office.
  • Valid Babtism and Confirmation certificates.
  • The last school certificate or diploma.
  • Certificate of religious education (not required if the mark in religious education is written on the school certificate).
  • Secondary school graduation certificate (for candidates for ordination).
  • Health card filled and signed by a family doctor.
  • Opinion – a certificate of morality – from the parish priest or religious instruction teacher.
  • Permission from parents or legal guardians (for underage candidates).