Charism of Carmel


The Lay Carmelite Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel—Third Order (Province of St. Elias) is a community of lay people who share in the charism of Carmel: contemplative prayer, community and ministry (apostolic work). The call to Carmel is to seek God’s will in the ordinary circumstances of everyday life by following Jesus Christ more closely in imitation of Our Blessed Mother and the Prophet Elijah; thus blending the life of a lay person with the spirituality of Carmel. Community meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month.