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Laity Commission 2013-2019

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"Lay People are, put simply, the vast majority of the people of God" (Evangelii Gaudium 102)

In the Carmelite Family the laity represents a great number of faithful who live the Carmelite spirituality and are inspired by the charism of the Order in their daily lives. These men and women, adult and young, have been called by the Lord to share a mission within our Order, in the Church, and ultimately in our modern societies.

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The Rule for the Third Order of Carmel

The Rule for the Third Order of Carmel is printed in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French. For orders and further information please contact: Edizioni Carmelitane.

Copyright 2003. All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher: Edizioni Carmelitane, Via Sforza Pallavicini, 10, 00193 Rome, Italy.

Contact Lay Carmelite Office

To contact the office of Lay Carmelites and question regarding Lay Carmelites, please write to:

General Delegate T.O.C.

Very Rev. Raúl Maraví, O.Carm.
Email: rmaravi@ocarm.org

International Secretary T.O.C.

Ms. María José Garcia de la Barrera, JuCar
Email: lay@ocarm.org

Curia Generalizia dei Carmelitani

Via Giovanni Lanza, 138, 00184 Roma, Italy.
Tel. (+39) 0664201840 - Fax (+39) 0664201847

Introduction

From the beginning, the Carmelites assisted groups of lay people who disired to live a better Christian life through their devotion to Our Lady, their prayer, their charity. In time, the groups which were better organized gathered together into a well-structured institution with specific obligations: this became known as the Carmelite Third Order, true school of holiness and of ecclesial commitment, with a Rule of its own.

Third Order

The Third Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel is an association of lay people who, in response to a call from God promise to live the Gospel in the spirit of the Carmelite Order and under its guidance.

As well as lay people, diocesan priests, who find in the Carmelite charism help for their spiritual lives and their mission in the Church and the world, may be members of the Carmelite Third Order.

Confraternities

The Scapular Confraternity of Carmel is an association of the faithful who strive for the perfection of charity in the world in the spirit of the Carmelite Order. Through their free commitment, they participate in the life of the Order and its spiritual benefits in an intimate communion of thought, ideals and works, together with Mary.

Devotees
The following of Christ and of Mary, as understood and lived according to the charism of the Order, is the ideal of the faithful in the Carmelite Family. They can rely on the help and support of all the brothers and sisters who share in the same ideal. The members of the Carmelite Family live their commitment in various ways: in solitude, in community, in the apostolic life, on the streets of the world, working with Mary for the Kingdom of Christ.
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."