This is the very question I asked myself when I was invited to a Secular Carmelite community meeting in 2014. The minute I stepped into this beautiful monastery I knew I was meant to be a Carmelite, so the journey began. The kindness and love I felt was overflowing and genuine from everyone there. All in “Gods Timing” to become a member of Mother Mary of the Church Carmelite Community. Read more about me…
“A Secular Carmelite is a practing member of the Catholic Church who, under the protection of our Lady of Mount Carmel and inspired by St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross, makes the commitment to the Order to seek the face of God in prayer for the good of the Church and the needs of the world.” – General Delegate Fr. Aloysius Deeney OCD.
OCD – Order Carmelite Discalced
The Discalced Carmelites or Barefoot Carmelites is a Catholic mendicant order with roots in the eremitic tradition of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. (Discalced is derived from Latin, meaning “without shoes”.)
SECULAR – Third Order / Lay Person
The Lay Person is a nonordained member of a church (unordained person, member of the congregation, layman, laywoman, member of the laity).
The Discalced Carmelites are men and women, in religious consecration and lay people, who dedicate themselves to a life of prayer. The Carmelite nuns live in cloistered (enclosed) monasteries and follow a completely contemplative life.
Of all the movements in the Carmelite order, by far the most important and far-reaching in its results was the reform initiated by St. Teresa of Ávila. After nearly 30 years in a Carmelite convent, she founded in 1562 in Ávila a small convent wherein a stricter way of life was to be observed.