The challenge of Carmel is to experience God’s presence in prayer while living an active, busy life in the midst of the world.
Are you longing for a deeper union with God? Do you desire a closer walk with our Lord? Would you like to spread the joy of the Gospel? Perhaps God is calling you to become a Lay Carmelite.
The Lay Carmelite Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary is an association mainly of lay persons. Its members, in response to a special call from God, freely and deliberately commit to follow Jesus Christ according to the charism, traditions, and spirit of Carmel under the authority of the Prior General of the Carmelite Order.The members, though not in Religious Life, choose to strengthen their baptismal commitment and call to holiness according to the spirit of the Carmelite Order. Members are brothers and sisters of the Carmelite Family and sharers in the same call to holiness and in the same mission of the Carmelite Order.
Lay Carmelites are deeply involved in the mission of the Church -to contribute to the transformation of the secular world. Being a Lay Carmelite is not just a devotion added to life; it is a way of life, a vocation.The call to Carmel, a call to seek God’s will in the ordinary circumstances of everyday life, roots Lay Carmelites in a love of those with whom they live and work, in the recognition of God’s presence in all circumstances, and in solidarity with God’s people everywhere.
Once a month on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. in the St. Catherine room