OCDS Community of the Holy Spirit
a Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites in Mobile, Alabama

Formation Documents

For ASPIRANCY

Carmelite Spirituality in the Teresian Carmel by Paul Marie of the Cross OCD

Catechesis and Ritual for the Scapular of Our Lady of Mt Carmel
      Catechesis online and Letter from the Carmelite Provincials

Catechism of the Catholic Church, pages 738-780

Examen of Conscience: there are numbers versions available.  Here we provide links for a relatively short examen that can be used for daily practice and another based on the Beatitudes

General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours

Lectio Divina by Sam Anthony Morello OCD

Lumen Gentium - Chapter 5

The New OCDS Legislation and the Vocation to Carmel - talk by Fr Aloysius Deeney OCD (same as pg. 22-37 in Welcome to the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites)

Profile of an OCDS - talk by Fr Aloysius Deeney OCD (same as Testing and Discerning a Vocation to the Secular Order, pg 9-21 in Welcome to the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites)

A Touch of OCDS History by Elizabeth M Korves OCDS
For FIRST PROMISE

Apostolicam Actuositatem (Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity)

Catechism of the Catholic Church - Part 4

Chastity: This One and Only Kind of Love by Gerald Alford OCDS

Community and Growth by Jean Vanier
  Chapters 1, 3 (Study Guide for OCDS)

Contemporary Challenge of St John of the Cross: His Life and Teachings by Leanard Coohan (was out of print - Provincial Council recommends that if not able to obtain, then substituting another introductory level book on St John of the Cross such as John of the Cross: Man and Mystic by Richard Hardy orImpact of God by Ian Matthew

Existential Obedience by Gerald Alford OCDS

Historical Notes of the Carmelite Order by Gabriel Barry OCD
   Chapter 2
   Chapter 3, 4
   Chapter 9
   Chapter 10

Lumen Gentium - Chapter 8

Promise to be Poor by Gerald Alford OCDS

Story of a Soul by St Therese of Liseaux

Way of Perfection by St Teresa of Jesus
For DEFINITIVE PROMISE

Ascent of Mt Carmel by St John of the Cross

Beatitudes - talk by Aloysius Deeney OCD (same as The Beatitudes and Your Vocation to Carmel - pg. 63-77 in Welcome to the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

Christifideles Laici

Community and Growth by Jean Vanier
 Chapters 4, 6, 7 (Study Guide for OCDS)


Interior Castle by St Teresa of Jesus

Journey to Carith by Peter Thomas      Rohrbach

Gaudium et Spes
 
Lumen Gentium


Redemptoris Mater

Spiritual Canticle of St John of the Cross

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OTHER DOCUMENTS

LEGISLATION

Rule of St. Albert

OCDS Constitutions

Provincial Statutes

Ratio Institutionis

Ritual

Pastoral Care of the Secular