See UD's plans for teaching, learning and research this fall with measures to promote safety and lessen the risk of COVID-19 spread. See UD case dashboard here.

Skip to main content

All About Mary

Secular Missionary Carmel

Biographical Information

Founder: Marelia Suárez

Foundation: Founded as a lay association of the Carmelite Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Columbia in 1988.

Ecclesial Recognition: Recognized on March 20, 1996 as an international association of the faithful of Pontifical Right by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Membership: Present in 12 countries: Africa (2), Asia (3), Europe (1), North America (3), and South America (3).

Membership: about 500 members
- male/female
- lay only

Organization

Lay/Religious: lay

Individual/Community: CMS is organized into autonomous groups, with oversight groups at the national and international level.

Commitment/Vows: No formal vows; members commit to follow the organization's goal of promoting the identity and mission of the lay person in the Church.

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: Comprehensive formation of the lay faithful through a commitment to discover the greatness of Christian vocation within ecclesial communion.

Apostolic commitments: To live a simple, joyful and hard-working style of life; to work for a more just and solidarity based society; to cultivate listening reflecting and contemplating; to adopt an attitude of service to one's neighbor.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Carmelite spirituality.

General Marian Characteristics: Mary as a model of prayer, contemplation and service to others.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: A prayer life as a sign of friendship with God and an experience of the universality of the Church.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: Mary is contemplated as model, Mother and companion in the search for God.


Sources

http://www.carmelmission.org/

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

All About Mary includes a variety of content, much of which reflects the expertise, interpretations and opinions of the individual authors and not necessarily of the Marian Library or the University of Dayton. Please share feedback or suggestions with marianlibrary@udayton.edu.

CONTACT

Marian Library


300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1390
937-229-4214
Website
Email

Keyword Search

Would you like to begin a new keyword search?

Get Started