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About Carmel & Lay Carmelites

This section contains a brief overview of Carmel and the Lay Carmelites plus information about the history of Carmel and a list of Carmelite Saints and Blesseds. You’ll also find answers to frequently asked questions about Lay Carmelites.

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Free Resources

Free access to lectures, documents, prayers, videos, essays, and other materials about Carmelite spirituality. Also included are links to our favorite resources about Catholicism and the Carmelite Order.

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The Carmelite Order is active and growing throughout the world. This section contains the latest news from the Order locally, nationally, and worldwide.

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Members Area

The Members Area contains secured information to help our members participate in the life of our Community. Here you’ll find announcements, prayer requests, prayer materials, galleries and formation materials for all phases. You will also find lists of recommended and required reading for ongoing formation.

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Our Charism and Next Meeting

Meetings are usually held on the first Saturday of the month at 8:45am at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Simpsonville, SC and followed by Mass at noon. Formation classes are taught following lunch. Due to the virus crisis in the country, however, our meetings are cancelled until further notice. Anyone interested in additional information or attending a meeting in the future should use our Contact webpage. As Carmelites we live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service. These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."

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