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Mary Queen and Beauty of Carmel Secular Community of the Discalced Carmelites of the Western Province of St. Joseph, is one of the four canonically established Secular Communities in Arizona. We meet on the second Saturday of every month for mass, adoration, prayer, business meeting and teaching conference, followed by lunch and small group studies geared to our progress in the community.

OCDS Constitutions paragraph 1 states, "Carmelite Seculars, together with the Friars and Nuns, are sons and daughters of the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Teresa of Jesus. As a result they share the same charism with the religious each according to their particular state in life. It is one family with the same spiritual possessions, the same call to holiness and the same apostolic mission. Secular members contribute to the Order the benefits proper to their secular state of life".

OCDS Constitutions paragraph 3 - OCDS members, " are faithful members of the Church, called to live  "in allegiance to Jesus Christ" through "friendship with the One we know loves us" and service to the Church. Under the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in the biblical tradition of the prophet Elijah and inspired by the teachings of St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, they seek to deepen their Christian commitment received in baptism".

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Gil Castro