The Institute of Carmelite Studies (ICS) is a not-for-profit organization founded in the 1960s by friars of the Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites to promote a richer understanding and study of the Carmelite heritage. We encourage scholarship among our members and others who seek to deepen an appreciation of Carmel's spirit and traditions. We collaborate with similar organizations around the world, such as the Carmelite Forum, the Carmelite Institute in Washington, D.C., the Archivum Carmelitanum Edith Stein in Würzburg, Germany, and the Institutum Carmelitanum in Rome. In recent years we have begun an extensive collection of documents, papers, and publications related to Carmel. This collection is currently located at the Discalced Carmelite monastery in Washington, D.C., and is open to scholars by appointment. (Nearby is the more extensive Carmelitana Collection at Whitefriars Hall in Northeast Washington.)
Through ICS Publications, we provide the English speaking world with the best available editions of the Carmelite classics at an economical price, including translations by our members of texts by Saints Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Thérèse of Lisieux. ICS Publications also publishes popular and scholarly introductions to a variety of Carmelite figures and themes, as well as audiotapes of presentations on Carmelite spirituality.
Members of the Institute meet twice a year to discuss projects of mutual interest, and are available for conferences, seminars, and other meetings held for the development and promotion of an awareness of the spirituality, charism, and history of the Carmelites.
To further our work, we welcome support from foundations, organizations, and interested individuals. Contributions are tax-deductible.
For further information on the Institute of Carmelite Studies, contact:
Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D.
Institute of Carmelite Studies
2131 Lincoln Road, NE
Washington, DC 20002