Carmelites work in a variety of ministries in the Church. Through our Carmelite core values, prayer, and fraternity, we are involved as chaplains, spiritual directors, pastors, teachers, and campus ministers.
The majority of men entering into the Carmelite formation program study to be priests. Religious order priests are different than “secular” priests in that they belong to a religious community and focus on the precepts of the religious institution. These values in turn help the priest to understand God within the Carmelite family. The values of Mary and Elijah, along with our saints and rich history, help shape the way we interact with the people of God. Carmelite Friars look to their Provincial for assignments, which can be local, regional, or international. The main role of a priest in the Church is to provide sacramental ministry to the people of God.
Directing a person spiritually is one of the most valuable skills in the Church. People who desire to grow spiritually, often need a spiritual director at various times. As a spiritual directer, the friar helps the person to listen what God is saying in their life.
A chaplain works within a community such as a school, hospital, nursing home, fire and police departments, all particular communities within a larger community. These men take the values of the Order of Carmel and serve the people of God within the particular institution.
Carmelite Friars have been working as teachers for centuries. We work in primary, secondary, and collegiate levels of education, with some of our men going on to work in administration. Our men teach Math, Chemistry, Science, English, and Religion. Often times a friar finds a secondary vocation in teaching, requiring more training so as to complete state certification.
Carmelite Friars also serve as Campus Ministers in High School and Colleges. As a campus minister, the friar provides spiritual guidance to the school community.
Our Carmelite Friars minister in the following areas:
ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK
ST. ELISEUS PRIORY Harrison, New Jersey
ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK
TRANSFIGURATION CHURCH Tarrytown, New York
OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL Middletown, New York
ST. PAUL CHURCH Bullville, New York
OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION Bloomingburg, New York
ST. SIMON STOCK-ST. JOSEPH CHURCH Bronx, New York
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY Bronx, New York
IONA PREPARATORY SCHOOL New Rochelle, New York
CARDINAL HAYES HIGH SCHOOL Bronx, New York
THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL Middletown, New York
BELLEVUE HOSPITAL Manhattan, New York
DIOCESE OF COLUMBUS
MOTHER ANGELINE McCRORY MANOR Columbus, Ohio
DIOCESE OF GREENSBURG
MOUNT CARMEL HERMITAGE Bolivar, Pennsylvania
DIOCESE OF PALM BEACH
ST. JUDE CHURCH & ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Boca Raton, Florida
DIOCESE OF SIOUX FALLS
PRESENTATION COLLEGE Aberdeen, South Dakota
DIOCESE OF WINONA
ANNUNCIATION HERMITAGE Austin, Minnesota
ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH Maracas Valley, Trinidad & Tobago
ST. XAVIER’S PRIVATE SCHOOL St. Joseph, Trinidad & Tobago
HOLY CROSS CHURCH Upper Santa Cruz, Trinidad & Tobago
ST THÉRÉSE PRIORY Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL PRIORY Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
ST. JOSEPH PRIORY Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
ST. ELIAS COMMUNITY Buon Me Thuot, Vietnam
Kim Phát Parish
Lay Carmelites and Scapular Confraternities