The Order of Discalced Carmelite Seculars (OCDS), officially Ordo Carmelitarum Discalceatorum Saecularis, and formerly the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel and of the Holy Mother Saint Teresa of Jesus, is a religious association of the Roman Catholic Church composed primarily of lay persons and also accepted secular clergy. As Carmelite Seculars, we are full members in the Carmelite Order living in the world.
The Carmelites welcome those of the faithful who undertake to live, in the world, and evangelical life and follow the example and teaching of the Carmelite Saints. Secular Carmelites come from all walks of life each one trying to respond to God's call to "meditate on the Lord's law, day and night". As Secular Carmelites, we try to show God's love in our everyday lives, wherever God leads us, and with the people God gives us.
Principles that guide our Carmelite life:
- Living in allegiance to Jesus Christ.
- Meditating on the law of the Lord.
- Giving time to spiritual reading.
- Participating in the church’s liturgy, both the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours.
- Being concerned for the needs and the good of others in Community.
- Practicing the virtues, as we live an intense life of faith, hope and charity.
- Seeking interior silence and solitude in our life of prayer.
- Using prudent discretion in all we do.
We meet the 3rd Saturday of every month Lourdes Center from 9:00am-1:00pm
If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, please e-mail Diane Malloy at [email protected]