Infant Jesus of Prague

The charming statue of the Child Jesus, displayed for people to venerate in the church of Our Lady of Victory in the Lesser Town district of Prague, receives visitors from all over the world every day. People come here to pray for help, healing, or peace; some come in trust expecting the birth of a child; and many return to give thanks. The sweet face of the Child Jesus attracts visitors through its beauty. The right hand of the child is raised in blessing, while his left hand holds a sphere surmounted by a cross – the whole of our universe rests in his hands… More about the Infant Jesus

Church of Our Lady of Victory

The shrine in which the world-famous statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague is maintained and venerated is located in Karmelitská Street in the Lesser Town of Prague. The church, dedicated to Our Lady of Victory and St. Anthony of Padua, is visited by hundreds of thousands of believers from the Czech Republic and throughout the world every year. At the same time, the church of Our Lady of Victory is a cultural and artistic monument of worldwide importance. It is a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The exceptionally well-preserved interior is decorated by works by the best Czech artists of the 17th and 18th centuries… More about the church

Discalced Carmelites

The Discalced Carmelites are members of a Catholic religious order that follows the tradition of the Old Testament prophets and the early Christian hermits. The name of the order is taken from Mount Carmel in Palestine, connected with the figure of the prophet Elijah. The first brothers, who settled on Mount Carmel around the year 1200, dedicated their church and later the whole order to Our Lady, the Mother of God. The reformed branch of the Discalced Carmelites came into being in Spain in the 16th century thanks to St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. The order is characterized by the emphasis placed on prayer and the fraternal life… More about the Carmelites

Mission in Africa

The order of Discalced Carmelites has also devoted itself for centuries to social activities which are part of its mission. The Discalced Carmelites have been active in the Central African Republic, one of the ten poorest countries of the world, since 1971. This mission, like the Czech provincial delegation, is part of the Ligurian province of the order based in Italy, and bears the name of the Mission of the Infant Jesus of Prague. Apart from spreading Christian faith and values and training indigenous priests, the mission helps to provide health care, education and the development of the region. The missionaries rely on your help… More about the mission