Pray With Us

The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) is an association/community of lay members who embrace a vocation to pursue Christian perfection, in the world, according to the spirit and ideals of the Order. The emphasis is on:

(1) vocation

(2) living in the world, and

(3) following the spirit of Carmel, namely, striving for close union with Christ through interior prayer.

The Secular Carmelite is encouraged, as far as possible, to assist at daily Mass; to have a special devotion to Mary; to undertake spiritual reading, especially the Scriptures and the Carmelite writings (of St Teresa of Avila, St John of the Cross, St Therese of the Child Jesus, among others).

They are encouraged to foster a spirit of detachment – not so much a giving up of things, but rather giving up our selfishness and denying ourselves, to practice fraternal charity and participate in the Church’s apostolate.

The 6Ms of the Secular Carmelites

As one of our “6M’s”, we pray the Liturgy of the Church in the form of the Divine Office daily. Click below for free links to:

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We have three communities throughout New Zealand. They are in:

Please select the branch that is closest to you. On the page for each community you will find more details specific to each location.

Quotes from Carmelite & Other Saints

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