Mary Queen of Carmel Community
The lay members of the OCDS seek to live the Teresian Carmelite charism in the midst of the world, in the family, and in their work according to the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels and in conformity with the charism of Saint Teresa of Jesus. They seek to live in friendship in the community to which they belong, which is governed by a council elected every 3 years. The council oversees the formation of new members and admission to the promises. The cultivation of human virtues and the climate of trust in the community allows sharing and fosters growth in charity and friendship within the community. They collaborate in the apostolate by their witness of a Christian life and assist the sanctification of the world, by means of their life of faith, hope and charity.
The Secular Order is governed by its own Constitutions (2003, amended 2014) in which are condensed their style of life, their identity, values and commitments in following Christ Jesus and in their search to live in intimacy with God and apostolic service. The Mary Queen of Carmel Community is a member community of the Washington Province of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Discalced Carmelite Secular Order, with 146 communities throughout the province.
If you are interested in learning more about our Secular Order, please contact:
Paul Melka, OCDS
Sr. Monika Bies, OCD