Lay Carmelites


Lay Carmelites Order, Sts. Peter & Paul Church
(Flowers of Carmel – Community #1011)

The purpose of this lay branch of the Carmelite Order is to provide a community in which to live the Gospel way of life according to the Carmelite charism of seeking God in contemplative prayer, a communion of faith, hope and love, and in a spirit of service to God and the human family.

All professed members of the Lay Carmelite Community of Sts. Peter & Paul are involved in this ministry.  The Community Director facilitates and leads the Council and its members.

Inspired from the lives of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Prophet Elijah, the members have the desire to see God’s presence in contemplative prayer while living an active and busy life in the midst of the world.

In Prayer Life:  The members are called to pray at least the daily morning and evening prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours and attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, receiving the Holy Eucharist daily.  Carmelites are called to enter profoundly into contemplative prayer and cherish the vast treasury of devotional prayer.  The Center of Our Carmelite Way of Life is in how we serve God, ourselves, the church, and the community.

In Community Life:   Community Life is also strengthened through Apostolic activities, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, special activities, and other projects in which all community members can participate so that the bonds of unity may grow strong.  Promoting the spirit of Carmel in the members’ parishes is also a valuable ministry.

In Ministry Life:     Carmelites are called to an active participation in the ministry of the Church.  A special concern shall be shown to the sick and homebound members of the community.   The Ministry involves a sacrifice of time, talent, and treasure, through the acceptance of obligation of stewardship.

Meetings are held at Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Center (St. Theresa’s room).  

Profession and receiving members are held in the St. Theresa’s room of the Parish Hall.

Recollection and Retreat are held in the Old Church.

There is an annual cost of membership for professed members.

Charitable donations are requested.

Training required:
Phase 1:  Minimum of six months (for Reception)
Phase 2:  Initial Formation in Carmel – minimum 24 months (for Profession)
Phase 3:  On going Formation – for the rest of your life

The rule for the Third Order of Carmelites is to live the Carmelite Way of Life.



Wilfredo Rivera