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1964: the Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism receives an enthusiastic welcome in the Carmel of Nancy; then, with the agreement of the community, the
Prioress, Mother Elisabeth, considers founding an Eastern-rite Carmel.
Little by little, the details of the project are worked out; it is encouraged by the Superiors of the Order and receives Pope Paul VI's blessing.
After friendly consultations with several representatives of the Orthodox Church in France, a statute approved by the Bishop allows the Sisters who are committed to the project to pray the Byzantine-rite Office.
1971: This "Eastern branch" transfers to the Carmel in Nogent- sur-Marne, close to Paris, enabling the Sisters to become better acquainted with Orthodox Christianity and to be trained in iconography.
1974: With the authorisation of the Bishops of Nancy and Dijon, the Monastery of St. Elijah is founded in Saint Remy (Cote d'Or) by four Carmelites from Nancy. It is situated on the ecumenical route from Bussy, where there is an Orthodox monastery, to Taize.
1986: The Monastery is canonically established within the Carmelite Order, under the jurisdiction of the Ordinary for Eastern-rite Catholics in France, who delegates his authority to the Bishop of Dijon.
1991: Following requests from friends coming from different Christian traditions, the
Fraternity of St. Elijah is established.
1994: Foundation of a
skete (small monastery linked with another monastery) in Romania, in the Eastern Carpathian Mountains.