Carmel is a garden enclosed where one finds in the cave of the heart, that still small whisper of God who is constantly drawing us closer to himself. This is what the Carmelite vocation is all about. We, the Community of Teresian Carmelites, follow the tradition of that zealous prophet Elijah who sought the voice of God on the mountain of Carmel. The Spirituality of St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross is rooted in this tradition. The divine indwelling in the soul is the foundation of St. Teresas doctrine, thus our vocation is a grace by which we are called to hidden union with God, in a form of life, in which contemplation and action are blended to become an apostolic service of the Church.
We are a Carmelite community of consecrated men, women and lay members who live in allegiance to Jesus Christ. As sons and daughters of Teresa of Avila, we are faithful to the magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church. The call to prayer embraces our whole life, sustained by the Word of God and the Eucharistic Liturgy. We look to Mary, the Mother of God, as our model in the Christian life. Our community embraces the monastic observances of our Teresian Carmelite tradition and emulates the spirit of the first Christian community as revealed in the Acts of the Apostles.
Working in collaborative ministry as wounded healers, we foster a joyful, enthusiastic family spirit and a loving acceptance of others while striving to maintain spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. Our life of prayer reaches out to a broken world to bring the love of God to others through our spiritual life center, which incorporates a life of simplicity, education, spiritual formation, witnessing, unconditional love, music, and evangelization. Our union with God through prayer builds relationships that form communion among all Gods people.
It is Teresa of Avilas synergetic ideal of consecrated men and women that provides the inspiration for our Communitys unitive (comprising of both men and women) expression of consecrated life: namely, to manifest and perfect our God given diversity and complimentary natures as women and men in the service of the Gospel. In an age when our soceity is increasingly torn by gender polarization and the selfish elevation of the individual will as the supreme good, our Community provides essential witness of self-sacrificing family, unity; "see how they love one another", ministry; "see how they serve one another", and prayer; "see how they pray to their God." These three aspects of communal witness, deeply connected with the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, require a deep commitment to the spirit and the traditions of Carmel. In this way, we retain the prophetic dimension of Carmel, as well as Teresas missionary impetus, which seek to contemplate the word of God and proclaim it to the world.
The vocation of the Community is none other than a call to be a people of God aspiring to the Trinitarian life and, like St. Therese of the Child Jesus, choosing everything in order to be love in the heart of the Church. Our union with God through prayer and Gospel Community living helps build relationships that form communion among all Gods People. (From Introduction to the Constitutions of Teresian Carmelites)