Today the universal Church celebrates the feast of the great Carmelite doctor of the Church, St. John of the Cross.
In a particular way, we want to send feast day greetings to the Discalced Carmelite Friars, St. Joseph Province, one of our IRL affiliates.
The friars are disciples of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, and they live as brothers in community. With Mary as their patroness, they serve Christ and His Church through ministries of prayer, presence, evangelization, and pastoral care.
As with all Carmelites, their primary ministry is prayer. All of their other ministries in the Church are but an outpouring of that relationship with God. They serve in parishes, retreat houses, spirituality centers, hospital pastoral care, spiritual direction and prison ministry with a special emphasis on their service to Carmelite nuns and seculars.
The St. Joseph Province encompasses most of the western United States, with most of their houses in California and Arizona.
For more information on discerning a possible vocation with this community, click here.