Discalced Carmelite Secular Order (OCDS)

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The Secular Order Teresian Carmelites (Ordni Sekulari Karmelitan Tereżjan)  are lay members of the Church who live to obey Jesus Christ through His friendship in service to the Church. The Order “welcomes those of the faithful who, by special vocation, undertake to live in the world an evangelical life of fraternal communion imbued with the spirit of contemplative prayer, in imitation of the Virgin Mary, and animated with apostolic zeal according to the example and teaching of the Carmelite saints.”

These lay persons attempt to live their lives under the protective mantel of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, and according to the spirit of the Teresian Carmel, as did the Carmelite saints St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the “Little Flower,” who died in the Discalced Carmelite Monastery of Lisieux in 1897, St. Therese of Jesus, St John of the Cross and the Prophet Elijah.

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