Location - 

​Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
1704 Old Eastern Ave.
Essex, MD  21221

Our Identity  

Carmelite Seculars shares the same charism with the religious Friars and Nuns, we are all sons and daughters of the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and St. Teresa of Jesus, our founder. 


We are one family with the same spiritual possession; calling to holiness; and apostolic mission contributing  to the Order the benefits proper to our secular state of life.


With the Catholic Church's new theology of the laity, Christifideles Laici we live our membership to the Order with clear and secular identity.

Our Values  

The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites are called upon to live in allegiance to Jesus Christ through "friendship with the One we know loves us", under the protection of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in the biblical tradition of the prophet Elijah.


With inspirations from the teachings of St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, it is our intention to seek and deepen  our Christian commitment received in our baptism.

Our Commitment  

Taking into account the origins of Carmel and the Teresian charism, the fundamental elements of the vocation of Teresian  Secular Carmelites are:


  1. To live in allegiance to Jesus Christ;

  2. To seek a mysterious union with God by contemplation and apostolic activity;

  3. To give particular importance to prayer, by listening to the word of God and by the liturgy;

  4. To live evangelical self-denial;

  5. To give importance to our commitment of evangelization in the ministry of spirituality, faithful to its Teresian Carmelite identity.

Grace Joyce, OCDS




Inez Maguire, OCDS

Formation Director


Valeria Skarbeck, OCDS

1st Councilor


Penny Dieter, OCDS

2nd Councilor  / Secretary


Cele Bryan, OCDS

3rd Councilor / Treasurer


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