Secular Carmelites of Northwest Indiana, Illinois

The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites of Our Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Teresa of Jesus (OCDS) is a community consisting of Roman Catholics who serve God in the spirit of Carmel by adhering to the Constitution of the Order.  ("Discalced" refers to reformed, barefoot, or sandal-wearing Carmelites. Please see Discalced Carmelites for more information). We welcome all practicing Catholics who choose to follow the teaching of the Carmelite saints, such as St. Teresa of Ávila, St. John of the Cross, and St. Therese of the Child Jesus.

While under the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we seek interior union of God through contemplative prayer and try to model our lives on that of Our Lady.  We wear the brown scapular given to St. Simon Stock as the symbol of our loyalty and dedication to Our Lady's presence in our lives.

Our OCDS community observes the Carmelite Constitution by attending daily Mass (if possible), praying the Liturgy of the Hours, participating in other ministries, and reading spiritual works.  We meet monthly at the Carmelite monastery in Munster, Indiana, with members from Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.  We consider our community to be a great blessing as we make our pilgrimage toward heaven.

Requirement for Prospective Secular Carmelites

Any practicing Catholic, lay or religious, may join the Secular Carmelites.

Obligations of Secular Carmelites

Secular Carmelites pray the Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours twice daily 
(Content of Divine Office). We attend monthly meetings at the Carmelite Monastery (see address below), and we receive instruction in Carmelite theology and tradition.

Contact Information

If you would like to know more about the Secular Carmelites, please contact us to discuss your possible calling to the Carmelite Community.

Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS)
Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapter
1628 Ridge Road
Munster, IN 46321

The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

To learn more about the history of the Carmelites, please view this Discalced Carmelite's website from Rome: Teresian Carmel Pages of History and History of Carmel.

For podcasts of the Carmelite saints, please note this site:


The Our Lady Queen of Peace OCDS of Munster, Indiana, graciously thanks the OCDS Community of St. Louis, Missouri, Ildefonso Moriones, OCD, and the Carmelite Fathers of Munster for their inspiration and contributions to this website.


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As we hope in Him so shall we receive." -St. Therese of Lisieux