Carmel has a rich heritage of saints who have been drawn into the desert to seek God alone. Each one brings a different light to our search for God and God’s search for us. Among our Carmelite saints are three Doctors of the Church.
There are other key figures who were not themselves Carmelites, but who play an important role in our spirituality. St Elijah, to whom the earliest Carmelites looked as an example; Our Lady of Mount Carmel under whose protection we live and St Albert of Jerusalem, the writer of our Rule.