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About the Carmelites

Carmelite Friars 2020 Province of St. Therese

The Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Oklahoma Province of St. Thérèse are a community of Roman Catholic men – priests and religious brothers – committed to a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ.

We follow Christ by professing the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience, and strive to serve the Lord and his people through a life of contemplative prayer lived in community.

In addition to dedicating ourselves to prayer, we strive to serve the people of God especially through the 'apostolate of spirituality,' helping others to grow in their union with God and with neighbor.

Taking Mary as the mother and patroness of our Order, we look upon her life and her sharing in the mystery of Christ as a model of religious consecration.

We also look to the prophet Elijah as a source of inspiration. We look to his prophetic charism as the prototype of our own vocation to ponder God's word and proclaim it to the world.