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Lay People

Congress of Lay Carmelites


The 2007 General Chapter decided that every six years a Congress of Lay Carmelites would be held. The next Congress will be held at Sassone (Rome)  from the 17th to the 21st of September of this year. The theme of the congress will be: "Formation for service to the Kingdom of God and to the World. Lay Carmelites in the Mission of the Church".

Meeting of the Provincial Delegates for the Laity

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From 22 to 25 March 2011 , the meeting of the provincial delegates to the laity was held in Sassone (Rome), on "The figure and the role of the delegate for the laity in the light of Vatican II." The meeting, organized and led by the General Delegate for the Laity, Fr. Josef Jancár , O. Carm., was attended by some 35 delegates from around the world.

Lay Carmelite Solitude


by D. J. Fontana-Schmidt, TOC

On January 4, 2008, I made promises to God, as I celebrated my Temporary Profession as a Lay Carmelite. If it is God's will, I will receive Permanent Profession in a year and a half. Thinking back, as the day of Profession approached,

Lay Carmel in Britain


Lay Carmelite Communities
Since the earliest days of the Order, lay people have been integral members of the Carmelite Family. You can access information about each of the Third Order Chapters and Carmelite Spirituality Groups in Britain by visiting the Communities section of this website (via the menu on the left) and clicking on the relevant map pins and ensuing bubbles for further information.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lay Carmelite

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1. What are the basic steps to become a Lay Carmelite?
2. What constitutes the formation period, and what does profession mean?
3. Does a Lay Carmelite profess vows? If so, what are they?

What is a Lay Carmelite and how Do I Become One?

Lay Carmelite TOC


Do you feel that there is something missing in your life? Do you feel that you might like to be closer to Jesus Christ, walk nearer to Him, and be more like Him? Do you feel that there is never the correct time to pray, or even just the time to pray? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then perhaps Carmel and the life of a lay Carmelite is exactly what you are looking for.

Letter of the Prior General of the Promulgation of the Rule for the Third Order

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Curia Generalizia dei Carmelitani
Via Giovanni Lanza, 138
00184 Roma, Italia.

Prot. 115/2003

16th July 2003
Solemn Commemoration of 

Meeting of the General Commission and Secretariat for the Laity, Rome, 1-4 September 2008

The first meeting of the new General Commission and Secretariat for the Laity took place under the presidency of the General Delegate, P. Josef Jančář, from the 1st to the 4th September 2008. The Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral welcomed the participants as guests of the General Curia, which is at the "centre of life of the Order".

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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." 


by Dr. Radut