The Lay Carmelite Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary (the Third Order) is an association mainly of lay persons. Its members, responding to a special call of God, freely and deliberately commit themselves “to live in the following of Jesus Christ” according to the charism, traditions, and spirit of Carmel under the authority of the Prior General of the Carmelite Order. The members, though not in Religious Life, choose to live out their baptismal commitment according to the spirit of the Carmelite Order. Members are brothers and sisters of the Carmelite Family and sharers in the same call to holiness and in the same mission of the Carmelite Order.
St. Theresa Little Flower Lay Carmelite Community is made up of members from throughout the Diocese of Lake Charles. They meet monthly for community at OLQH Family Life Center and monthly for formation at Crossroads Bookstore. Formation from reception until Profession of Promises is approximately six years, at which time members promise to attend ongoing formation until death.