Order of Carmelites
Order of Carmelites
Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary
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 live together in groups 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 have been firefighters, pilots, artists, musicians, and prison chaplains. There is no one career that defines a Carmelite. We pray for the freedom to respond to needs wherever we find them.

At its centenary, the province had spread throughout the United States with some 300 members in 10 States, the District of Columbia, and the province of Ontario, Canada. In 1949, it accepted a foundation in Lima, Peru, erecting there a parish and school. At present the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary has about 180 religious working in North America, Australia, Canada, Peru, Mexico, El Salvador and Italy.
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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.