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Order of Carmelites discalced secular (O.C.D.S.)

Formation Classes will begin in January 2018. If you are interested in inquiring about the Order of Carmelites Discalced Secular you are invited to visit the community from January to December of 2017. This allows an acquaintance to be made before formation begins. The secular ("third" order is a community of lay persons who live according to the spirit of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, but who do not leave their secular state of life [that is, they continue to live fully their family life, and work in the world.] It is a requirement of the Order to visit the community for a minimum of three to six months prior to beginning formation. Visitors are always welcome and visiting the community does not obligate you in anyway. We normally meet at St Joseph Catholic Church, 3512 Devine St. Columbia, SC, the 3rd Sunday of every month from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm. (Some scheduling changes may be necessary so please call to confirm the date of the meeting you plan to visit.) If you are Roman Catholic, over 18, participating fully in the sacramental life of the church, and think you may have a vocation with the Secular Discalced Carmelites, please contact us.

If you have any questions or would like to request a brochure to be mailed or emailed to you with more information, please call Sharon Crocker at (803) 309-2480 or email

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