Saint Joseph Secular Discalced Carmelites

San Francisco, California


Do you have a call to become a Secular Discalced Carmelite?




Renewal in the Church didn't begin with Vatican II!

OCDS vocation

Nearly four hundred years ago, the great Carmelite reformers St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross responded to God's call to return to their original Carmelite roots, a way of life animated by contemplative prayer under the protection of Mary, the Mother of God.

Following in their footsteps, generations of Carmelites have realized in the Carmelite way of life a means of developing a close relationship with God and a wonderful foundation for serving God's people.

Secular Carmelites are Catholic men and women, either married or single, lay or clerical, who live out this heritage of contemplative prayer in daily life. While going about their everyday occupations, secular Carmelites give witness to the value of prayer and contemplation in a world that is seeking intimacy with God.

If you are eighteen years or older and intrigued by...

  • A centuries-old tradition which encourages growth in closeness to God in every aspect of life in today's world

  • A Rule of Life and a formation program that fosters the Carmelite tradition of prayer and Teresian spirituality in a way appropriate for lay persons

  • Participating in monthly meetings with a community of other spiritually-minded men and women, who share a common interest in prayer, and a

  • Special association with the Discalced Carmelite Friars with the opportunity for spiritual guidance

...then, consider becoming a Secular Carmelite!

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Vocations to the Order of Secular Discalced Carmelites

St. Joseph Community of Secular Discalced Carmelites, San Francisco, CA

We meet one Friday evening per month on the campus of the University of San Francisco. Drop us a line for more information:

Other communities within the California-Arizona Province of St. Joseph

If you are discerning a vocation to the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites within the California-Arizona Province of St. Joseph (California, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico), please contact either the individual below or our Central Office to find the community nearest you.

Western Jurisdiction
PO Box 3079
San Jose CA 95156-3079

Telephone 408-259-7786

Other Carmelite Provinces within the United States

If you reside in the central or eastern part of the United States and are discerning a vocation to the Secular Discalced Carmelites , please visit the website of your Carmelite province (below) or one of the following individuals for more guidance.

Oklahoma Province of Saint Therese

    Eastern Jurisdiction
    OCDS Main Office
    2131 Lincoln Rd., NE
    Washington DC 20002

Washington Province of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

May God bring to fruition the good work He has begun in you!

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