Discalced Carmelite Friars

Semi 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/

OCDS Communities

Secular Carmelites of the Province of St. Thérèse

Secular Discalced Carmelites of Austin, TX - Facebook Page

Secular Carmelites of Covington, Louisiana


Secular Carmelites of Georgetown, TX

Secular Carmelites of Houston, TX

Secular Carmelites of Huffman, TX

Secular Carmelites of Jackson, MS

Secular Carmelites of New Orleans, LA

Secular Carmelites of Oklahoma City

Secular Carmelites of Sioux City, IA

Secular Carmelites of Canada

OCDS Blogs you may be interested in:

Bethany Hang Out Blog
Bethany Hang Out
by Shawn Rain Chapman, OCDS. Shawn is a Secular Discalced Carmelite in Austin, Texas. She is also a regular contributor to ATX Catholic.
Elizabeth Explores Writing
by Elizabeth Ogilvie, OCDS. Elizabeth is a Secular Discalced Carmelite from the Central Province.
Gray Rising Blog
Gray Rising
A blog by Tim Bete, OCDS. Tim is a Secular Discalced Carmelite from Dayton, Ohio.
Hearthcake and a Jug of Water blog
Hearthcake and a Jug of Water
by Mary Bellman, a member of the Dallas OCDS community. She sends out daily Carmelite quotations by email. Visit her blog to sign up.
Illumina, Domine
by Patricia Enk, OCDS. Patricia is a Secular Discalced Carmelite from the Central Province.