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
What we call “Carmel” is really a way of life in which we try to be aware of the presence of God in the most ordinary, everyday things. We’re contemplative, but we live out our service in the world. We’re prayerful, but we’re also practical. We were founded 800 years ago on a mountaintop, but we have our feet firmly planted in today’s problems and concerns.

Carmelites generally live together in groups or communities so that we can support one another in our desire to live up to what God wants of us. We share prayer times, meals, concerns, and, sometimes, work. We are brothers to one another and call each other to accountability for our way of life. Carmelites are pastors, teachers, and spiritual directors. But we are also firefighters, artists, musicians, and prison chaplains. There is no one career that defines a Carmelite. We attempt to respond to the Church’s needs utilizing the talents that we have.

On July 31, 2014, the Carmelite Order has 1974 members in 30 geographical jurisdictions. The Most Pure Heart of Mary Province has 187 members in established ministries in Canada, the USA, Mexico, El Salvador, and Perú. We have 8 secondary schools, three retreat houses, 22 parishes, 5 houses of formation, and various residences for retired members or specialized ministry.
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At its centenary, the Province had spread throughout the United States with some 300 members
The Carmelites of the PCM Province have been serving the people of Canada since 1875.
The PCM Province is expanding greatly in Mexico and, recently, in El Salvador.
The PCM Province is expanding greatly in Mexico and, recently, in El Salvador.
Once a handful of missions, now rapidly growing in the Order.