As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven.
All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."
WHO ARE WE
Discalced Carmelite Seculars come from all walks of life, from every level of education and from every type of work. We are Catholic laypersons over the age of 18 (married or unmarried) or ordained diocesan priests or deacons.
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.
WHAT WE DO
As Secular Carmelites, we try to show God's love in our everyday lives,
wherever God leads us and with the people God gives us.
We follow the Rule of St Albert, the OCDS Constitutions, and the Provincial Statutes, which are used to help us transform into the people that God intends us to be.
Our Secular Order of Discalced Carmelite Community (O.C.D.S.) is located in Georgetown, Texas, in the Catholic Diocese of Austin. We are under the guidance of the Discalced Carmelite Friars,
Province of St. Therese.
We meet the second Saturday of each month at St. Helen Catholic Church in Georgetown, TX.
We welcome inquirers to our meetings, if you are interested please contact Kim
512-864-7660 to register for a visit.
FIND YOUR VOCATION
All Christians have a vocation—whether to marriage, single life, ordination, or consecrated life. Here are some Catholic vocation choices that are less well-known than traditional membership in a religious order or the diocesan priesthood, some in connection with communities of consecrated life.
Secular orders—like the Lay Carmelites are association of laypeople who follow the inspiration and guidance of a religious order while living in the world. Secular order members are usually received into the religious community in a particular ceremony and pledge themselves to certain prayers and religious practices.