SECULAR ORDER OF DISCALCED CARMELITES

The members of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) are faithful members of the church (single or married) called to live in “allegiance to Jesus Christ” through “friendship with the one we know loves us” and in service to the church.  Under the direction of the Discalced Carmelite friars of the Province of St. Therese (formerly Oklahoma) and the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in the biblical tradition of the prophet Elijah and inspired by the teachings of St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, they seek to deepen their Christian commitment received in baptism” (Constitutions of the OCDS).

There are six obligations that are part of the rhythm of the Secular Carmelite’s life. 

1.   Meditation.  A suggestion is 30 minutes each day.
2.   Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and, if possible, Night Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours.
3.   Mass. Daily, if possible.
4.   Mary.  Every day, Seculars express devotion to Mary.  Their primary devotion is to imitate Mary in “reflecting on [all these things] in her heart” (Luke 2:19).
5.   Meetings.  Seculars are called to communities whose members have made a commitment to one another. Meetings consist of formation, information and fellowship.
6.   Mission.  Seculars share in the Carmelite mission of knowing God so God can be known.