Aspirant Month 10

Focus: Legislation (The Rule, Constitutions, and Statues) and the Vocation to Carmel

Readings: The Rule of St. Albert,

Welcome to the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites by Father Aloysius Deeney, pp. 22-47

Optional Reading: Constitutions of Discalced Carmelite Secular Order, #1-9; OCDS Provincial Statutes, Washington Province of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 2015, #1-9.


  1. The Carmelite Rule of St. Albert of Jerusalem has governed the Carmelite way of life for over 800 years. What parts of the Rule seem relevant to you as a Secular Carmelite?  Give examples of how the message of the Rule can be lived out in your life as a Secular Carmelite.
  2. “Legislation gives identity; it establishes you as distinct.” Welcome to the Secular Order, 23. What legislation guides the Secular Order and how did it come to be?
  3. What is your understanding of this statement? “You are the Order.” Welcome to the Secular Order, p.26.
  4. How would you respond to this statement from a person who expresses interest in our monthly meetings? “I read about the Carmelites in my parish bulletin.  Can you tell me more about your prayer group and its meetings?”
  5. In preparation for writing your letter of intention for your February interview, please reflect on the following: Why do you want to be a Carmelite?  Why does God want you to be a Carmelite?
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