Discalced Carmelite Vocations
About the Discalced Carmelite Order
Discalced Carmelites are a worldwide Roman Catholic religious order comprised of friars, nuns, and laity (traditionally known as the first, second and third orders) as well as apostolic congregations and ecclesial movements affiliated with the order. These men and women are heirs to the teaching and way of life of Teresa of Avila and John of the cross, dedicated to contemplation and to ministry in the church and in the world.
Internationally, Discalced Carmelites today number about 4,100 friars in 82 countries, 12,000 cloistered women in 98 countries, and some 40,000 lay Carmelites throughout the world.
About the Discalced Carmelite Friars
The Discalced Carmelite Friars are a Roman Catholic religious order of brothers and priests, dedicated to a life of prayerful search for union with God and service to the church through a variety of ministries focused on spiritual development. The Washington Province of the Immaculate Heart of Mary serves the people of God in the Midwestern and Eastern United States and has a mission in Kenya to help establish Carmel there.
Where are we?
- National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill, outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Monastery of Mary and Joseph in Brighton (Boston), Massachusetts
- Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Washington, D.C.
- St. Florian Parish in West Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Monastery of St. John of the Cross in Nairobi, Kenya
For more information on vocations to the friars
- Visit the Washington Province website at http://ocdfriarsvocation.org
- Contact Father Elijah Martin, OCD at http://ocdfriarsvocation.org/contact
Candidates usually are between the ages of 21 and 40, debt-free, and with a college degree preferred.
For more information about the Order in general, click on the link below to the OCD World.