This is a good and holy way: follow it” (Carmelite Rule, 20)

  • Want to become a priest in the Catholic Church?
  • Want to become a friar in the Carmelite Order?
  • Want to serve the world and the Church by living the Gospel values?
  • Want to be a member of the Scapular fraternity?

Vocation Director: Fr. Titus Rancy Kalapurackal O.Carm

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Who all can become a friar in the Carmelite Order?

The basic requirements include that the candidate must be male, unmarried, baptized  and he should be an active member of the Catholic Church. 

Indian Commissariat of the Carmelite Order accepts all such candidates from the Roman Rite (aka Latin Rite) in India. We also invite candidates from Syro- Malankara Rite.

If you are not a citizen of India, you may be directed to the discretion of the General Curia of the Carmelite Order and they will help you to decide.

If you belong to the Syro Malabar Rite, you may be redirected to the St. Thomas Province of the Order. 

What is the difference between a Carmelite priest and a Diocesan priest?

Basically, all Catholic priests are same. This is true for all the Catholic priests irrespective of their nationality or age. The differences are mostly seen by contrasting the vows made by religious priests and the promises made by diocesan priests.

A diocesan priest makes promises at ordination:

  1. To obey his bishop (Obedience)
  2. To live a celibate life (Celibacy)

A diocesan priest lives and works in a certain geographical area – the Archdiocese or Diocese. Most often, a diocesan priest is assigned to a parish by the bishop, and he lives and works in that area. He does not make a promise of poverty, and usually owns a bike or car and other possessions in order to do his work and live independently in simplicity. His main work is preaching the Gospel, offering Mass, anointing the sick and dying, baptizing, celebrating marriages, burying the dead, and consoling those who need his help. He is focused on the needs of the people of his parish…

Carmelite priests are priests who make public vows in the Carmelite Order. It means that by their vows of celibate chastity, poverty, and obedience, their lives are oriented to the following of Jesus of the gospels so that all they do becomes a continual act of the worship of God.

Carmelite priest takes three Solemn Vows of…

  1. Poverty
  2. Chastity
  3. Obedience
Is it possible to join the Carmelite Order without becoming a priest?
Yes. Carmelite Order has many friars in it who haven’t received priestly ordination.