The Carmelites, formally known as the Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (Latin: Ordo Fratrum Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ de Monte Carmelo; abbreviated OCarm) or sometimes simply as Carmel by synecdoche, is a Roman Catholic mendicant religious order for men and women. Historical records about its origin remain very uncertain, but it was probably founded in the 12th century on Mount Carmel in the Crusader States.[2] Berthold of Calabria has traditionally been associated with the founding of the order, but few clear records of early Carmelite history have survived.[3] The order of Carmelite nuns was formalised in 1452.[4]

Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel
Latin: Ordo Fratrum Beatissimae Mariae Virginis
Coat of arms of the Carmelites
FormationLate 12th century
FounderEarly hermits of Mount Carmel
Founded atMount Carmel
TypeMendicant order of pontifical right
Legal statusInstitute of Consecrated Life
1,979 (1,294 priests) as of 2017[1]
Latin: Zelo zelatus sum pro Domino Deo exercituum (English: 'With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of hosts')
General Headquarters
Curia Generalizia dei Carmelitani
Via Giovanni Lanza, 138, 00184 Roma, Italia
Mícéal O'Neill, O.Carm
Patron saints
Elijah and
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
AffiliationsCatholic Church
The Prophet Elijah is regarded to be the spiritual father of the Carmelite order