Society of Little Flower UK– We spread devotion to St. Thérèse of Lisieux and raise money to send to Carmelite projects around the world.
Founded in 2002 in the UK, Society of the Little Flower spreads devotion to St. Thérèse of Lisieux and raises funds to send to Carmelite projects around the world. Since our inception, we have sent over £5 million to be used for formation, mission, development and aid. The projects we support are wide ranging, but all with a thread of supporting Carmelites to further faith and practice running throughout.
We currently support twelve postgraduate students studying in Rome, coming from several Carmelite provinces around the developing world. They come from Kenya, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, India and Mozambique and are studying a wide range of subjects: Dogmatic Theology, Canon Law, Philosophy, Psychology, Spirituality, Human Formation and Church History. We believe very strongly that giving a good education from these areas is the best investment for the future both to the Carmelite Order and to the wider communities.
The General Commissariat of St. Thérèse and St. Albert in Kerala, India came in to existence with the transfer of 20 Discalced friars to the Ancient Observance. It now has six communities, four in India, one in Ireland and one in Germany. It has 42 professed members of which 31 are in solemn vows (including 26 priests) and another 32 young men in the initial formation. The members are very much involved in various pastoral, educational and social ministries. Some of the members are doing their ministries in Italy, Ireland and in Germany.
When news of the devastating Easter weekend floods in Timor-Leste reached us, we set up an emergency appeal, where we raised nearly £4,000. The strong Carmelite presence in Timor-Leste, overseen by Australian Carmelites, are distributing the money directly to those Timorese impacted, using it in short term aid work, and for the expenses of long term rebuilding.
The projects funded by the Society of the Little Flower through the Carmelite Curia are many and varied from formation of young friars and sisters.