Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese

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Secular Carmelites

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Many and varied are the ways in which our saintly forefathers laid down how everyone, whatever his station and the kind of religious observance he has chosen, should live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ – how, pure in heart and steadfast in conscience, he must be unswerving in the service of his Master.

— The Primitive Rule of Carmel

The family of Discalced Carmelites also includes a large number of lay people, married and single, who share in the Carmelite charism of living a life of contemplative prayer at the service of the Church. These lay Carmelites are known as "Secular Carmelites." They commit themselves to daily prayer. They also assemble one afternoon per month in their respective cities for meetings that include community prayer, study of Carmelite spirituality, and recreation.

The Secular Carmelites are committed to dedicate themselves more profoundly to the Church and to the world within the context of their family life, work place, and local church parish. They express this dedication by promising to live a more evangelical life, witnessing to God's presence in the world through the evangelical counsels and the beatitudes. These promises are more than a pledge to pursue personal holiness. They are a commitment to the Church for her needs and concerns in this world.

The Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Province of St. Thérèse collaborate with the Secular Carmelites of our province. We serve as spiritual assistants to the communities of Secular Carmelites that are located in the cities where we have communities of friars. We also offer spiritual formation to the Secular Carmelites by leading days of recollection and retreats, as well as by offering individual spiritual direction.

To learn more about the
Secular Carmelites of the Province of St. Thérèse, visit their current website: http://thereseocds.org/
The Winter 2016 issue of the Flos Carmeli is available now. Click the image on the left or the link below to download it.

Flos Carmeli - Winter 2016

Other OCDS Sites and Blogs you might be interested in:

The Most Holy Trinity
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Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit
Secular Discalced Carmelites in Covington, LA
Triumph of the Cross
Secular Discalced Carmelites in Georgetown, TX
Illumina, Domine
A blog by Pat Enk, a Secular Discalced Carmelite from the Central Province