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Good Shepherd Community, Columbia, SC    

            Order of Carmelites Discalced Secular

About Our Community

The Columbia, SC Good Shepherd Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Discalced Carmelite Secular Order (OCDS) normally meets the 1st Sunday of each month at St. Joseph Catholic Church on the ground floor of the Ministries and Administration Bldg., 3512 Devine St., Columbia, SC, 29205 from 1:30 - 5:00 PM. Please call for confirmation of meeting date and directions.    Meeting dates are subject to change.  

The secular (or "third") order is an association of lay persons who live according to the spirit of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, but who do not leave their secular state of life [that is, they continue to live with family and work in the world].

Our initial three year formation program introduces candidates in depth into the teaching and writings of Sts. Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and Thérèse of Lisieux, as well as Carmelite spirituality in general, laying a sound foundation for living a contemplative life in the world. Carmelite spirituality unites the paths of mystic (contemplative prayer) and prophet (social justice) in commitment to Christ Jesus. We welcome Roman Catholics who believe they may be called to such a vocation--to live the spirituality of Carmel and the contemplative life in the midst of the world.

For more information:

Call Sharon Crocker, President at (803) 309-2480 or

Keith Barron at (803) 695-1360 (work)

Or write:

Dr. Keith Reeves Barron, OCDS,

4 Trafalgar Ct., Columbia, SC 29209-1947.

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