Lay Carmelites

Meet on the 1st Saturday of each month at 9 am in Room 14 of the Bishop Graves building.



The Lay Carmelite Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary (historically known as the Third Order of Carmel) is an association mainly of lay persons.  Its members, responding to a special call of God, freely and deliberately commit themselves “to live in the following of Jesus Christ” according to the charism, traditions, and spirit of Carmel under the authority of the Prior General of the Carmelite Order.  The members, though not in Religious Life, choose to live out their baptismal commitment according to the spirit of the Carmelite Order.  Members are brothers and sisters of the Carmelite Family and sharers in the same call to holiness and in the same mission of the Carmelite Order.

What requirements are necessary for membership in the Lay Carmelites?

A person wishing to become a candidate for admission to the Lay Carmelites must be a Catholic in good standing who is a registered member of a parish, who feels called by God to live more deeply his/her baptismal vocation as a member of the Carmelite Family according to the charism of the Carmelite Order.  A candidate must be between 18 and 69 years of age when seeking entry to formation as a Lay Carmelite.  A person is admitted to formation through an existing Lay Carmelite Community.

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