About Us

Carmel in the City brings a variety of people together: local parishioners, lay Carmelites from both branches of the Order, and others interested in developing a sense of spirituality, including friends from other local churches.

The Carmelite Order began on Mount Carmel some 800 years ago. It is one of the Catholic church’s richest spiritual traditions in its commitment to prayer, service, and creating community. Its inspiration is to be found in the tradition of prophets like Elijah and Elisha, bringing together both prayer and action, and not least in the Virgin Mary’s Magnificat song. Carmel-in-the-City is an opportunity offered by lay and ordained Carmelites in London to explore spirituality for anyone thirsting for God, or seeking a way of holiness in life’s everyday events.

We normally meet on the first Saturday of each month at St Joseph’s Church. Any change of date or venues will be advertised on the monthly newsletter and website.

Our usual timetable is a celebration of the Eucharist, or Liturgy of Midday Prayer & Communion, at 11.30 am, followed by a bring-&-share lunch. There is then a short talk on a particular theme, followed by discussion, closing with a period of Lectio Divina, a way of praying that draws on Scripture and other writings, calling one to study, ponder, and listen to God’s Word, and to apply it in our lives. The day ends at approximately 15.30 pm.

St Joseph’s belongs to an ecumenical group of local churches and twice a year, in Lent and the autumn (pre- Advent) it is customary for us to join them for the morning session.

All are welcome, regardless of denomination, and further details can be obtained from by email: info@carmelinthecity.org.uk

Further information

The Bright Lights of the City – A Report of our inaugural meeting 2008