Carmel’s Call is a call to seek the face of God in prayer, in community, and in service. Carmel’s Call – seek to live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ: How pure in heart and stout in conscience we seek to serve our Master.
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 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 if possible. 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 grown 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.
Phase 1- (1 yr.) An introduction to the Carmelite way of life: prayer, scripture, ministry, Rule and Statutes, Carmelite Saints, Carmelite history, and traditions.
Phase 2 – (2 yrs.) A deepening of one’s prayer life, sense of community, and call to ministry. Topics include: Carmelite spirituality, Scripture, life of prayer, silence, spiritual direction, sacraments, Carmelite role models, living in community, and being a contemplative in an active world.
Phase 3 – (3 yrs.) A special time of discernment and living the life of a Lay Carmelite.
Ongoing Formation (lifetime)
Community Meetings - St. Vincent de Paul Library
1st Saturday of the month
9:30 – 12:30
2nd Friday of the month – Director’s house
10:30 – 12:30
Pat Mermelstein/Formation Director