Carmelite OCDS – Identity, Values and Commitment

Our Identity, Values and Commitment

1. Members of the Secular Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Teresa of Jesus are faithful members of the Church who are called to live “in allegiance to Jesus Christ”. The fundamental elements of the vocation of Teresian Secular Carmelites can be summarized as follows:

a) to live in allegiance to Jesus Christ, supported by the imitation and patronage of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, whose way of life is a model of being conformed to
b) to seek union with God through contemplation and apostolic activity, indissolubly
joined together, for service to the Church and the world.
c) to let prayer penetrate their entire daily existence, nourished by the Word of God, by the Eucharistic Liturgy, and the Liturgy of the Hours, in order to walk continually in God’s presence.
d) to spend at least one half-hour daily in the practice of mental prayer in an atmosphere of interior silence and solitude. Mental prayer, as practiced in lectio divina, with its four aspects of spiritual reading, reflection, conversation with God,
and contemplation, is the foundation of Teresian prayer.
e) to develop the gifts of the Holy Spirit through the constant exercise of the virtues,
especially the theological virtues of faith, hope, and above all charity, continually
striving toward union with God.
f) to live evangelical self-denial in an ecclesial perspective .
g) to be committed to evangelization, always faithful to our Teresian Carmelite identity.

2. The value of the sacramental and liturgical life in the Secular Order leads its members to:

a) take part in the daily celebration of the Eucharist, insofar as possible. Those who are unable to participate in the celebration of daily Mass are encouraged to pray and
reflect on the daily Scripture readings of the Mass.
b) have a great esteem for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to avail of it frequently.
c) “try to recite Morning and Evening Prayer of the [Liturgy of] the Hours in union with the Church throughout the world. When it is possible they will also recite Night
d) make a daily examination of conscience. Ideally this is done before mental prayer
and/or at the beginning of Night Prayer. 

3. Secular Carmelites will endeavor daily to nurture their prayer life through study and spiritual reading, particularly the Gospels and the writings of our Carmelite Saints. 

4. In order to deepen their spiritual life, members are encouraged to participate in an annual Carmelite Retreat.


RESOURCE: The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites Provincial Statutes for the California-Arizona Province of St. Joseph 2017