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,

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.

ENCOUNTER WITH A RELIC: The Walking Staff of St. Teresa of Avila


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To mark the 500th birthday of St. Teresa of Avila, the walking staff which she used during her life landed in Kenya on 10th January 2015 on a global pilgrimage organized by the Discalced Carmelites. Here in Kenya the staff was taken to different Carmelite monasteries and convents where Carmelites and other catholic Christians gathered to see and venerate it. One Lay Carmelite narrates her experience of the encounter:

Saint Teresa of Avila: The Stages of a Life


St. Teresa of Jesus was born in Avila (Spain) on the 28th March 1515, from a noble and religious family. At 21 she became a Carmelite at the Monastery of the Incarnation in Avila.

The first years of her life, until her teenage years, were filled with religious fervor. She thought of God, of holiness, of seeing

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