Discalced Carmelites of the Holy Family
Jesus Christ is the center of Carmel and of our lives. Discalced Carmelites seek the fullness of divine intimacy on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church, the Mystical Body of Christ. Carmel is all Mary’s, who shines as a model of the evangelical virtues.
The Carmelites are wholly consecrated to God by the vows of obedience, chastity, and poverty, so that all becomes a praise of the glory of God and service of His Church. The most important aspect of the Rule is unceasing prayer for all, particularly for priests and for the entire Church.
Professed Members: 4
Year Founded: 1957
Diocese: Erie, PA
Worldwide: Every continent
Qualifications: Great desire to serve the Lord, with fidelity to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church and to the Holy Father the Pope, Christ’s Representative on earth; Persons of prayer, sincerely aspiring to the perfection of charity, and of detachment from the world; Sound health, and good sense; Able to recite the Divine Office seven times each day, and to observe the Primitive rule of Saint Albert of Jerusalem, as well as the 1990 Constitutions of Saint Teresa of Jesus (including papal enclosure and traditional Carmelite habit).
Formation: Postulancy: One year Novitiate: Two years Temporary Profession: Three years Solemn Profession: Perpetual, until death. The Discalced Carmelites diligently continue their spiritual, doctrinal, and practical formation throughout their entire lives.
Age range/limit: 18-39
Belated vocations? No