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


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.

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

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".



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."