There is a very active Lay Carmelite Community in our Diocese. The Lay Carmelite follows the mission of Carmel, which is to transform the world in the light of Christ’s teachings. This is accomplished through the Carmelite dedication to prayer, community and service.
The lay community is often referred to as the Third Order of Carmelites. Members of the Third Order of Carmelites are not merely taking part in devotion as an add on to life, but rather they are seeking to make the charism of Carmel a way of life.
Recently eight members of Sheffield Lay Carmelites joined the Doncaster Deanery Pilgrimage to the Aylesford Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Carmelites found it a deeply enriching experience. Simon Godsell made his First Profession while the group was at Aylesford Priory. He was also installed as the new leader of Sheffield Carmel. Simon was presented for Profession by Joseph Durham, who has been a dedicated and committed leader of the Sheffield Chapter for many years.
After visiting Aylesford the Pilgrimage called at another Carmelite Foundation at Faversham, which is the designated National Shrine of St Jude the Apostle.
Sheffield Carmelites send sincere thanks to Pauline Allen who both organised the Pilgrimage and invited the Sheffield Carmelites to join the group. They also wish to thank Fr Darren Reid who led the Pilgrimage.
The Sheffield Carmelites currently meet on the second Saturday of the month in the Chapel at the Mother of God Church, Abbeydale Road, just outside Sheffield City Centre. Anyone who feels drawn to Carmelite spirituality is most welcome to attend a meeting, get a feel for the community and perhaps decide to get involved with the Sheffield Lay Carmelites.