The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites
Discalced Carmelite Seculars are practicing members of the Catholic Church who, under the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and inspired by St Teresa of Jesus and St John of the Cross, make the commitment to the Discalced Carmelite Order to seek the face of God for the sake of the church and the world.
Discalced Carmelite Seculars come from all walks of life, from every level of education and from every type of work. They are Catholic laypersons over the age of 18 (married or unmarried) or ordained diocesan priests or deacons. There are more than 45,000 Discalced Carmelite Seculars worldwide and more than 6000 in the United States. They gather in canonically erected communities or recognized study groups under the guidance and leadership of the order.
For more information, contact:
Dorothy Ashley, OCDS - President
Anita DeRouen, OCDS - Formation Director