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25 Years of Affiliation of the Donum Dei Missionary Family

Last Sunday, the 19th of February, in the Church of St. Eustachio in the heart of Rome, a Mass was celebrated in thanksgiving for the 25 years of affiliation to the Carmelite Order of the Donum Dei Missionary Family.

The Lamb of God and Carmelite Spirituality

On January 15, 2011, I made my final promises as a Third Order Lay Carmelite, in the Living Flame of Love Lay Carmelite Community of the Province of The Most Pure Heart of Mary. Our community is located in Bartlett, Illinois. As I prepared for my Final Profession I realized the stirring within my heart was the same I had experienced through the years that eventually led me to respond to Carmel’s call. There are so many beautiful mysteries to contemplate along this path.

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

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

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

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?

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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."