Are there any lay Carmelites on this site? I see a lot of blogs that give the distinct impression that people are actively involved with the Catholic Church. I am a lay Carmelite in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We are part of the Province of St. Elias. It is based in Middletown, New York. This morning I went to a meeting. There was a reasonably nice crowd. I’ve decided to use this as my Carmelite blog. In it, I shall make specifically Carmelite observations. Any lay Catholic who feels as if he may have a lay vocation to either the Carmelites or some other religious community should seriously think of looking into something like this.