Nearly four hundred years ago, the great Carmelite reformers St. Teresa

of Jesus and St. John of the Cross responded to God's call to return to their original Carmelite roots, a way of life animated by contemplative prayer under the protection of Mary, the Mother of God.

We are to ponder the law of the Lord, by day and by night,  in silence and in solitude, so that the word of God may dwell abundantly in the hearts and on the lips of those who profess it.

(Carmelite Constitutions)

Secular Carmelites are Catholic men and women, either married or single, lay or clerical, who live out this heritage of contemplative prayer in daily life. While going about their everyday occupations, secular Carmelites give witness to the value of prayer and contemplation in a world that is seeking intimacy with God.

Following in their footsteps, generations of Carmelites have realized in the Carmelite way of life a means of developing a close relationship with God and a wonderful foundation for serving God's people.

If you are eighteen years or older and intrigued by...

 

  • A centuries-old tradition which encourages growth in closeness to God in every aspect of life in today's world

  • A Rule of Life and a formation program that fosters the Carmelite tradition of prayer and Teresian spirituality in a way appropriate for lay persons

  • Participating in monthly meetings with a community of other spiritually-minded men and women, who share a common interest in prayer, and a

  • Special association with the Discalced Carmelite Friars with the opportunity for spiritual guidance

 

...then, consider becoming a Secular Carmelite!

MEETING LOCATION:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

1704 Old Eastern Avenue

Community Hall

Essex, MD  21221

Community meets on a specified Sunday

of every month.

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Meeting Schedule:  2020
  • January 19th

  • February 16th

  • March 15th

  • April 19th

  • May 17th

  • June 19th

  • July 19th

  • August 16th

  • September 18th-20th

  • October - 18th

  • November 15th

  • December 20th

Council members for the Discalced Lay Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Teresa of Jesus

Grace Joyce, OCDS

President

gljsimon@hotmail.com

Inez Maguire, OCDS

Formation Director

ocdsessexformationdirector@gmail.com

Valeria Skarbeck, OCDS

1st Councilor

mysteryreader2@verizon.net

Penny Dieter, OCDS

2nd Councilor  / Secretary

Pfmd328@comcast.net

Cele Bryan, OCDS

3rd Councilor / Treasurer

celebryan@verizon.net

Our Group Mission - 

Reflect,

 

Refresh,

and

Renew

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About Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Avila — also known as Saint Teresa of Jesus — was God's instrument to found the Discalced Carmelite Order, a mystic, a writer and the first woman Doctor of the Church. She is widely regarded as a friend to all who seek God in Spirit and Truth. During the dramatic years of her activity in founding 15 monasteries of nuns throughout Spain, Teresa resolved innumerable intercommunity, financial, legal and spiritual problems — all while dealing with her own poor health. After 20 years of intense service to the Church, she died at the age of 67 — though her teachings, wit and wisdom have transcended the centuries.

For our daily moment in community and because prayer is our foundation and basic exercise, we are pleased to provide you for your reflection, and consideration, this extract from the Catechism of the Catholic Church on Christian Prayer, referenced by paragraph number.
Praying

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2686 Ordained ministers are also responsible for the formation in prayer of their brothers and sisters in Christ. Servants of the Good Shepherd, they are ordained to lead the People of God to the living waters of prayer: the Word of God, the liturgy, the theological life (the life of faith, hope, and charity), and the Today of God in concrete situations.

LOCATION:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

Community Hall

1704 Old Eastern Ave.

Essex, MD  21221

Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Teresa of Jesus

We are to ponder the law of the Lord, by day and by night,  in silence and in solitude, so that the word of God may dwell abundantly in the hearts and on the lips of those who profess it.

 

(Carmelite Constitutions)

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