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Welcome to the O.C.D.S Community of The Holy Spirit – a Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites, located in Denver, Colorado.

The life of the Secular Order Discalced Carmelite is a calling from God, a true vocation in and for the Church. Prayer and the apostolate, when they are genuine, are inseparable. St. Teresa writes, “The purpose of prayer is good works.” The graces we receive in prayer ought to have an effect on us and on the whole world.

The brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is our habit. It symbolizes that we are under the loving protection of Our Lady and that we pledge ourselves to her service. She is our Queen and Mother.

Secular Order Discalced Carmelites belong to a local group or to a large canonically-established community. We meet monthly, and this is an important obligation. Meetings provide for initial and on-going formation in the writings of our great Carmelite tradition, a deepening in awareness of how to live out our vocation, and
fellowship and mutual support.