Fr Wilfrid McGreal O. Carm. has been a Carmelite since 1957 and he is a well-known figure in the Church in England. Noted ecumenist, writer and broadcaster, he has been Prior of Aylesford Priory in Kent and Prior Provincial of the British Province of Carmelites. He has devoted his life to the promotion and dissemination of the Carmelite charism. This volume pays tribute to Wilfrid McGreal’s varied life with contributions representing the fields of spirituality, chaplaincy, theology and art.
Kevin Alban O. Carm. is currently Prior Provincial of the British Province and Johan Bergstrom-Allen is the Communications and Projects worker for the same province.
Introduction – Kevin Alban O.Carm.
Afterword – Michael Winter
Bibliography of Wilfrid McGreal O.Carm. –Richard Green, O.Carm. .
I am very pleased to present this edition of the classic, “Methods of Prayer in the Directory of the Carmelite Reform of Touraine”, written by the former Prior General, Fr. Kilian Healy, in 1956. This work began life as a doctoral dissertation at the Gregorian University in Rome. It is a tribute to the book’s great influence that it has been republished almost fifty years later.
Throughout the long history of the Carmelite Order there have been many reforms, the most famous of which being that initiated by St. Teresa of Avila in the 16th century. Due to various political reasons, the Discalced Reform and the original Order went their separate ways. Next in importance is the Touraine Reform in the 17 th century, and it is this reform that spread to the whole Order and had a profound effect on its spirituality. Fr. Healy makes it clear that the spiritual writers of the Touraine Reform esteemed St. Teresa and her teaching on prayer greatly.
Joseph Chalmers O.Carm.
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