A while back, I posted a thread regarding my discernment of a religious vocation; I am still praying about it often.My original post referenced a leaning towards the Dominican spirituality, but as my prayer life has deepened I feel more drawn to cloistered, contemplative orders. I am still planning on contacting the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, but am looking into Carmelite communities right now.
Could someone please explain to me the difference in Ancient Observance Carmelites and Discalced Carmelites? I understand the reform history, but I have been looking at orders and cannot tell exactly what makes them different.
The community I am considering is O. Carm. in Allentown, PA. I am trying to write them a letter right now, and will hopefully be in contact with them in a few weeks. Can anyone recommend any other Carmelite communities to consider, perhaps Discalced Carmelites? Is there anything you would recommend putting in my letter?
Thanks so much for your help!