Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites
of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel
and St. Teresa of Jesus in Oklahoma City
What is the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order?
Discalced Carmelite Seculars are practicing members of the Catholic Church who, under the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and inspired by St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, make the commitment to the Discalced Carmelite Order to seek the face of God for the sake of the Church and the world.
Discalced Carmelite Seculars are members of the Carmelite Family of the 16th century reform of St. Teresa of Jesus (also known as St. Teresa of Avila). St. Teresa's followers wore sandales rather than shoes, a practice which distinguished them from Carmelites of the Ancient Observance. These followers are present in the modern world as Friars, enclosed Nuns, and Seculars.
Who are we?
Discalced Carmelite Seculars come from all walks of life, from every level of educaiton and from every type of work. They are Catholic laypersons over the age of 18 (married or unmarried) or ordained diocesan priests or deacons.
There are more than 45,000 Discalced Carmelite Seculars worldwide and more than 6,000 in the United States. They gather in canonically erected communities or recognized study groups under the guidance and leadership of the order.
What is the foundation of Carmelite life?
The following principles of the Rule of St. Albert, written for the hermits on Mount Carmel in the 13th century, guide Carmelite life today:
(From "Constitutions of the Secular ORder of the Teresian
What is required of Discalced
The Secular's obligations can be summarized by the "6