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Secular Discalced Carmelites welcome new members

02/14/2019 | Comments

COLORADO SPRINGS. On Jan. 26, the secular members of the Discalced Carmelite Order in Colorado Springs — the Community of the Teresian Carmel and The Little Way — celebrated the Rite of Making Promises and the Rite of Admission with their Spiritual Assistant, Father Jim Baron, at Holy Apostles Parish.

The Rite of Making Promises, which was held during Mass, is where members of the community make the evangelical promises of chastity, obedience, poverty and following the Beatitudes to the rest of the community. These promises are initially made after one year as an aspirant and two years as a member. These temporary promises are in effect for three years while the individual continues discerning their vocation to Carmel. After that three-year period, they may make the same promises for the rest of their life. Making their temporary promises were Paul Sens, Kim Almquist, and Raymunde Crumpton. Making their definitive promises were Sandy Yanna and Dianne Dahmen.

The Rite of Admission, which was held during the praying of Morning Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, is where individuals who have spent a year as aspirants learning about the order are formally admitted into the community as members. This membership is signified by receiving the large brown scapular, symbol of the order. The new members are: Tammy Derbort, Diane Rose, Kathy Smith, Anne Marie Evans, Mike Weis, Gina Mantz, Eric Mantz, Vicki Kapron, Maura Noel, and Michelle Connelly.

Congratulations to everyone making their promises and joining the community!

Those interested in learning more about our community are invited to visit our website at or to contact the current President of the Community, David Bell, OCDS, at 719-660-2645 or Inquiries can also be sent to the Director of Formation, Mary Frances Harrison, OCDS, at A new aspirant class begins each January.

(David Bell is President of the Community of the Teresian Carmel and the Little Way.)

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