The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) is made up of faithful lay members of the Catholic Church living in the world, called to live a deep spiritual life “in allegiance to Jesus Christ” through “friendship with the One we know loves us” and in service to the Church.
Under the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in the biblical tradition of the Prophet Elijah, and inspired by the teachings of St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, OCDS members seek to deepen their Christian commitment received in baptism. They long to seek God through prayer, to find Him, and to share Him with others. The life of a Secular Order Discalced Carmelite is a calling from God, a vocation in and for the Church.
The St. John of the Cross Community in Ann Arbor is a local branch of OCDS, part of the Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites. Ours is a diverse community with members from all walks of life and levels of education. Some are single, some are married (including some who come as couples), some are graduate students, some are working professionals, while others are retired. Ordinarily, our meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month. The normal schedule includes Mass at 5:30 PM, Evening Prayer, time for social interaction as part of a community dinner, a business meeting, and spiritual formation classes. The evening ends around 9:00 PM.
Visitors are welcome at any monthly formation meeting!