The Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a pontifical institute of women religious who currently minister in south Louisiana, Illinois, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste. They are heirs to a rich tradition of contemplative prayer, community life and service as members of the Order of Carmel, the ancient observance. The special charism of the congregation is an orientation to a life of prayer and service in union with Jesus, in whom continual prayer and action coexist harmoniously. They are nourished by contemplative prayer, community life, and devotion to Mary, a woman of simplicity and faith. Their prophetic call as Carmelites moves them “…to be in active ministries that help bring about a more peaceful, just and loving world.” In keeping with their mission statement, these active ministries include education, health care, parish ministry, retreat and spiritual direction, social work and social services.