The Life of a Secular Carmelite (O.C.D.S)

Our Identity:

Carmelite Seculars, together with the Friars and Nuns, are sons and daughters of the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and of St. Teresa of Jesus. As a result, they shared the same charism with the religious, each according to their particular way of life. It is one family with the same spiritual possessions, the same call to holiness (cf Eph 1.4; 1Pet 1.15) and the same apostolic mission. Secular members contribute to the order the benefits proper to their own secular state life (Constitutions #1).

Our Values:

  • Live in allegiance to Jesus Christ
  • Be diligent in meditating in the Law of the Lord
  • Give time to spiritual reading, especially the works of the saints and of the Order
  • Participate in the Church’s Liturgy, both the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours
  • Be concerned for the needs and the goods of others
  • Live an intense life of faith, hope and charity
  • Seek interior silence and solitude in our prayer life
  • Use prudent discretion in all that we do
  • Participate in frequent and meaningful reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Our Commitments and Obligations:

  • Daily Mass if possible
  • Daily recitation of Morning and Evening prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours
  • Spend 1/2 hr daily in the practice of mental prayer in an atmosphere of  quiet
  • Wear the Brown Scapular
  • Attend monthly community meeting to receive ongoing Carmelite formation and fellowship
  • Observance of the days set aside for fasting (if health permitted)
  • Daily devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, praying the Rosary and the Angelus