Order of Carmelites
Order of Carmelites
Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary
Legally incorporated as 'Society of Mount Carmel'
Provincial Office
1317 Frontage Road
Darien, IL 60561
Phone: 630.971.0050
Our Story
The Carmelites are a Mendicant Order – traditionally, mendicants depended for their survival on the goodwill of the people to whom they preached. Carmelites take a vow of poverty and live in urban areas for purposes of preaching, evangelization, and ministry.

Carmelites, be they ordained priests or deacons or non-ordained brother, are brothers who profess the three vows of obedience, poverty and chastity, and who share a common purpose.

Cloistered Nuns are contemplative female religious who live in an enclosure and whose main ministry is prayer.

Sisters, or Third Order Religious, are female religious having ministries serving local and missionary needs.

Lay Carmelites, or Third Order Carmelites, are persons who make a promise to live according to the ideals and spirit of Carmel. Members, known as tertiaries (Latin tertiarii, from tertius, third), are lay men and women. They participate in the good works of the Order and are allowed to wear some elements of the Order's habit, such as a scapular.
Order of Carmelites
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At its centenary, the Province had spread throughout the United States with some 300 members
The mark of our Province signifes Mt. Carmel, Elijah, Elisha and Mary.
The founding document of our structure.
Recognize God in all we meet and serve.
The organizational structure of our Order.