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Who we are

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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,

Letter from the Chair of the General Commission


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Carmel,

With great joy and hope we present this website for the Lay Carmelites. This initiative is the result of our first meeting with the new General Commission for the Carmelite Laity and Youth of our Order.

How is Lay Carmelite living meaningful in the Church today?

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The Lay Carmelite is called to the Family of Carmel to be deeply involved in the mission of the Church, to contribute to the transformation of the secular world.  A Lay Carmelite does this by participating in the charism of the Carmelite Order.  Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Prophet Elijah are the Carmelite models for this way of Gospel living.

Electronic newsletter for the Lay Carmelites No 4


With joy and fraternity we offer you a new edition of E-Bulletin for the Carmelite Laity. This time around, you will find some testimonies from people who have come closer to God through the Carmelite spirituality that we offer in our various groups and institutions.

Likewise, we will read the news of the re-foundation of the Third Order in Sergipe, in northeastern Brazil, where this group had almost disappeared,

Frequently Asked Questions about Lay Carmelites

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1. What are the basic steps to become a Lay Carmelite? 

It is best to become a member of a “local” community (or chapter). You will then begin two periods of formal formation – one leading to Reception, and then another that leads to the Profession Promises.

The Second International Meeting of the Carmelite Laity in Asia-Australia-Oceania


The Second International Meeting of the Carmelite Laity in Asia-Australia-Oceania was held at the Carmelite Missionary Center of Spirituality in Tagaytay City, Philippines, on March 18-21, 2015. The gathering had very rich discussions and sharing based on the theme of the congress: “Living The Way of Carmel

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