The Discovering Carmel Certificate is:
- A level 5 undergraduate Certificate course designed for students seeking a foundation in Carmelite Studies
- Delivered fully online and available to study on a part-time or full-time basis
- A modular course enabling students to choose from an extensive range of modules
- A course that can also be tailored to suit the interests of groups or communities
- Accredited by the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland, with certificate awarded on completion of eight modules
Course Overview – Discovering Carmel Certificate
The Discovering Carmel Certificate is a level 5 undergraduate course offering a foundation in various aspects of Carmelite Studies and is a wonderful introduction to the Carmelite spirituality, heritage and culture.
This short course is designed for individuals:
- who are looking for a short ‘taster’ course in Carmelite Studies or
- who wish to study the Carmelite tradition for the first time or
- who wish to acquire Certificate-level qualification in Carmelite Studies (level 5)
As the course offers students the opportunity to study individual modules at their own pace, in a structured yet flexible approach, it is particularly suitable for those:
- who want to continue working while studying, or
- who not have easy access to one of the traditional education providers, or
- who may not have the time to commute to and from lectures daily.
We also welcome students who want to study the course full-time, which allows students to complete the course in a much shorter timeframe.
The course offers students the opportunity to study individual modules which are made available during semester periods only, and students usually register for more than one module in a semester. It generally takes six weeks to complete a module. There are four entry points to the course : two in semester one and two in semester two.
The academic year is measured in two twelve week semesters:
- Semester 1: September – December
- Semester 2: January – April.
The course is delivered as a phased release of reading material made available through the CIBI website.
To complete the Discovering Carmel Certificate students must
- Choose and study eight modules, and
- Complete and submit a ten-question assessment at the end of each module
The certificate will be awarded on completion of eight modules. Modules are divided into four categories, listed below.
1. The History of Carmel
- DC01 Who are the Carmelites?
- DC02 The Rule of St Albert.
- DC23 The OCD Charism in the 20th Century.
- DC26 The Carmelite nuns and sisters, past and present.
- DC30 The Carmelite Family in the 14th Century
- DC31 Carmel in Britain & Ireland, the Beginnings
- DC33 The History of Carmel in Zimbabwe
- DC35 Female Contemplative Life and Recent Developments.
- DC42 Who Founded the Carmelites?
- DC45: The Role of Carmelites in Times of Epidemics.
2. The Spirituality of Carmel
- DC03 Elijah in the Carmelite Tradition.
- DC04 Mary in the Carmelite Tradition.
- DC05 What is Spirituality?
- DC06 The Carmelite School of Spirituality OCarm.
- DC07 The Carmelite School of Spirituality: Teresian perspective.
- DC08 Scripture in the Carmelite Tradition.
- DC09 Prayer in the Carmelite Tradition.
- DC10 Living in God’s presence.
- DC34 Some Themes from the Writing of St Teresa of Avila.
- DC38 Women in Carmel (Teresa, Thérése, Elizabeth and Edith).
- DC41 Liturgy in the Carmelite Tradition..
- DC46: Jessica Powers (1905-1988) From Farm-child, to Poet, to Carmel.
- DC47:The Spirituality of St Thérese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, as revealed through her Poetry: using Selections from her Poems and the Story of a Soul.
3. Carmelite Across the Centuries
- DC11 Madam Acarie (Blessed Mary of the Incarnation).
- DC15 St Teresa of Avila Doctor of the Church.,
- DC17 Blessed John Soreth.
- DC18 John of St Samson.
- DC21 Blessed Lawrence of the Resurrection.
- DC27 St Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church.
- DC36 St John of the Cross.
- DC40 Saint Albert of Jerusalem.
4. Contemporary Perspectives on Carmel
- DC12 Formation in Carmel.
- DC13 Carmel & Interfaith Dialogue.
- DC14 Psychology & Carmelite Spirituality.
- DC22 The OCarm Charism from 1950.
- DC23 The OCD Charism in the 20th Century.
- DC32 The Third/Secular Order from 1900.
- DC43 The Charism of Consecrated Life.
Each module comprises 5 units of content to be read and reflected upon. The content of one unit is equivalent to approximately that delivered in a 45 minute lecture.
It generally takes six weeks to complete one module on a part-time basis.
The Discovering Carmel Certificate is accredited by the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland.
- €35 per module