with Père Jacques de Jésus

Carmelite Online Retreat — Lent 2024
From February 14 to March 31, 2024

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Prepare yourself for Easter together with the Discalced Carmelites!

This year’s retreat theme is:

“Through the Cross to the Light” — Père Jacques de Jésus scribbled these opening words in pencil as a spiritual testament in the Gusen concentration camp (Austria), in March 1945. Arrested by the Gestapo in January 1944 at the Carmelite convent in Avon, France (a scene depicted in Louis Malle's film "Au revoir les enfants"), this remarkable educator, whose beatification process is currently underway, will provide us with a robust Lenten path to follow as we walk towards the light of Christ.

By filling out the form below, you can register free of charge for our Carmelite Online Retreat.

How do I participate in the retreat?
Once you complete the form below and click Submit, you will be registered for the retreat. You will receive a confirmation message by email (please, check your spam folder!).
On Ash-Wednesday and then weekly on each Friday of Lent, you will receive an inspiring meditation for the following week that includes text and video, along with brief, daily quotes from scripture and p. Jacques to enrich your prayer.
Invite your friends and family, too! You can forward this page or refer them to email:
And, you can download a poster (A4) here
Participation in this retreat is completely free!
If you have any difficulty registering or if there are any problems, please email the retreat coordinators at retreat-online@karmel.at
With best wishes for Lent season filled with blessings from Heaven,

 The Discalced Carmelite Friars of Paris and Austria, together with ICS Publications (Washington DC).
The online retreat is offered by the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Paris Province. English translations prepared by OCDS members from North America. Videos provided by the Discalced Carmelite friars, Washington Province in collaboration with ICS Publications.

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