Saint Joseph Secular Discalced Carmelites

San Francisco, California


Fr. Michael Buckley, OCD


Dear Visitor,

As a reflection on the wonder of the website and all our modern means of communication, I am more than ever drawn to praise of God.  What wonderous means and helps we now have to diffuse knowledge of our Carmelite ideals and way of life.

The Carmelite Order is widespread throughout the world -- men and women religious and members of the Secular Order. Yet all this development came from a very small nucleus or seed. This seed was planted early in the 13th century in the Holy Land, on Mt. Carmel. A small group of men got together for the first time, in a little valley looking out on the Mediterranian, where there was a source of water which in time was called the Fount of Elijah. They envisioned a way of life for themselves, in community, based on allegience to Jesus Christ, prayer and apostolic endeavour.

They requested and obtained a Rule of Life from St. Albert, Patriarch of Jerusalem. Fidelity to that Rule of Life in the course of seven centuries has brought the Carmelite Order to its status in the Church today -- pre-eminent for constancy of prayer and devotion to Mary, mother and queen of Carmel. It is now a religious order which includes within its fold, as well as religious, the well-known lay organisation called the Secular Order. Read on...

Fr. Michael Buckley, OCD

Spiritual Assistant (Emeritus)
OCDS Provincial Delegate (Emeritus)
Carmelite House of Prayer, Oakville, California







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