The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS), are a part of the Carmelite Order. They live according to the Rule of St Albert and have their own Constitutions. They are composed mainly of lay people, but also of secular clergy.

Like the Friars & Sisters, prayer is the centre of their lives, they spend time each day in prayer and in the recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours Seculars and try to attend daily Mass and when possible. They are especially called to live a life modelled on Mary in allegiance to Christ and encouraged to study the writings of the Carmelite saints of the Discalced Order, especially St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross. They attend a meeting of their community each month.

One must attend meetings of the community for some time before being accepted into formation. A Carmelite vocation must be discerned both by the person themselves and by the community they wish to join.

Regional Delegate (Ireland): Fr. Vincent O'Hara, OCD
Avila, Morehampton Road, Dublin DO4 YF66
Tel: 01 643 0200 

The National Council:
President: Flo Fitzgerald



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