Who we are

The Secular Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Teresa of Jesus is an association of the faithful and an integral part of the Discalced Carmelite Order. It is essentially lay in character, with the welcome participation of diocesan clergy. [Article 37 of the OCDS Constitutions]

The Carmelite Order derives its special mission from the spiritual example of the prophet, Elijah and has a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary as sister, protector and queen of the Order. Catholics in good standing who feel called to the vocation of contemplative prayer and an active apostolate while living in the secular state of life are invited to try their vocation to the Secular Order. The details of formation are given on the Formation page below.