Dysart Carmel

Where is Dysart?

If you look at the map of Britain and let your eye travel to Scotland - on the east you will see the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, famous for its castle and its annual festival. Around fifteen miles to the north, over the river Forth, is the town of Kirkcaldy in Fife, and Dysart is now counted as part of Kirkcaldy.

It is of very ancient origin and is a Royal Burgh, but as often happens the little old village has been superseded by the newer sprawling town.

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We hope that you will find these pages interesting, and that you will return now and again to see any updates we have made. We now have a newsletter which will keep you up to date on what has been happening, in Dysart Carmel and also perhaps the other British Carmels.

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The Carmelite Order can be traced back to the 12th century, when a number of hermits lived on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land, dedicated to Jesus Christ, and taking the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Prophet Elijah as their Patrons and models. They were given a Rule of Life and established as a Religious Order early in the thirteenth century, and during a time of religious persecution travelled to the west, from which they eventually spread to every part of the globe. In the fifteenth century, the women's branch of the Order was founded in France and also spread to other countries and continents. These lived a strictly enclosed life of prayer and penance, offering constant intercessory prayer for the needs of all mankind.

In the sixteenth century, when the Rule had become somewhat relaxed and enclosure was no longer observed, a Spanish Carmelite nun, Sr. Teresa of Jesus, was inspired by God to return to the full observance of their Primitive Rule and founded Monasteries observing this Rule all over Spain. After her death, the reformed Order spread to France and other countries. In 1878, a group of French nuns travelled to London, where they opened a Monastery in the Notting Hill district. From 1907 onwards, a number of Monasteries were founded from this one, including that of Dysart in 1931. (Carmelite nuns were already in England before the Foundation of the Notting Hill monastery, Sisters having come from Antwerp in the eighteenth century to open a few Monasteries.)