About the Secular Carmelites

Secular Discalced Carmelites are lay people who


like Elijah, to the still, small voice of God in the silence of their hearts.


like St John of the Cross that God seeks them even more than they seek Him.


like Elijah, to the presence of the Living God in every aspect of their daily lives.


like Mary, on the Word of God, treasuring it in their hearts.


like St Teresa of Avila, with the conviction that we “have no need of wings to go in search of God but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon him present within”

Our Promises

We are called to commit ourselves to this way of life:

  • by taking promises to live in the spirit of the counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience and of the Beatitudes
  • by forming small communities which meet monthly for prayer, formation and mutual support
  • by sharing in the ministry of the Discalced Carmelite Order through our own contemplative prayer and through helping to lead others towards such prayer
Prayer is no more than frequent, friendly conversation with One whom we know loves us.
St Teresa of Avila
In the measure you desire him, you will find Him.
St Teresa of Avila

Our Communities

In the Nottingham Diocese there are two closely linked but autonomous communities:

  • The St Edith Stein Community, meeting in Derby on the first Saturday of the month, drawing members from Derbyshire, Burton-upon-Trent & Leicestershire
  • The St Elizabeth of the Trinity Community, meeting in Nottingham on the second Saturday of the month. This draws in members from Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & Lincolnshire.

Our Nottingham community also leads 2 Spirituality Groups to help people deepen their spiritual life by exploring the Carmelite way meeting monthly, one in the day-time and one in the evening.

We also lead courses on prayer, days of prayer & reflection and an annual retreat that offers opportunity for individual guidance.