Initial Formation Programme

Initial Formation Programme


CIBI Initial Formation Programme is:

  • A level 5 undergraduate Certificate programme, designed to complement the Initial Formation of candidates wishing to embark upon a life in Carmel.
  • Delivered fully online, as a modular programme, allowing students to choose from an extensive range of modules.
  • A part-time programme intended to be part of a community Initial Formation Programme
  • Certified by the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland (CIBI)

The programme can also be tailored to meet the requirements of a community or candidate.


Programme Overview:

The Initial Formation programme is a level 5 undergraduate programme offering a foundation to introduce candidates to various aspects of Carmelite Spirituality, Tradition and History.

The programme is designed as a part-time programme, which will complement the Formation programme of the Carmelite community, and enables candidates to read and study individual modules on a part-time basis, in a structured yet flexible manner.


Programme Structure:

The programme offers candidates the opportunity to read and reflect on individual modules which are made available during semester periods only, and it generally takes the 12-week semester to complete a module.

There are two entry points to the programme at the start of each semester

  • Semester 1: September – December
  • Semester 2: January – April.

The programme is delivered in the form of a phased release of reading material made available through the CIBI website.


Maximum Learning Experience:

  • Each unit of the module is text-based, written by an expert in the field.
  • Candidates have resources available which guide them on how to approach the module to get the greatest benefit.
  • Reflective questions are included in each units that focus on the candidate’s spiritual development.
  • We recommend that each candidate keep a Reflective Journal, in which they can record their response to the Reflective questions (Reflective Journals are for the students personal use and are not submitted to CIBI).
  • At the end of the five units of the module, there is a simple questionnaire based on the module, which the candidate should complete and return to CIBI. The answers will be reviewed and comments will be forwarded to the candidate, so that they can deepen their understanding, and have the maximum learning and development experience.


Programme Details:


There are a wide variety of modules available on the initial Formation Programme. It is usual that the choice of modules would be made between the Candidate and the person responsible for their formation. However, it would be wise to include modules from the Traditions section, the History section and the Saints and Spirituality section. 

O.Carm tradition:

DC02: The Rule of St Albert.

DC04: Mary in the Carmelite Tradition.

DC06: The Carmelite School of Spirituality O.Carm. Perspective.

DC03: Elijah in the Carmelite Tradition.

DC25: Saint Titus Brandsma.

DC40: St Albert of Jerusalem.


OCD tradition:

DC15:St Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church.

DC07: The Carmelite School of Spirituality: Teresian Perspective.

DC09: Prayer in the Carmelite Tradition.

DC26: Carmelite Nuns and Sisters, past and present.

DC27: St Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church.

DC24: St Elizabeth of the Trinity.

Or  alternatively, you may like to consider some of the modules below:

Carmelite History and Tradition:

Significant Carmelites:


Aspects of Carmelite Spirituality:


Certified Programme:

The Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland (CIBI) certifies all completed modules.


Programme Fees:

The current fee is €35 per module.

Please contact us to arrange community participation at [email protected]