The Blessed Trinity OCDS Community of Discalced Carmelite Seculars is located in Pierce County, Washington. Our members come from Pierce, Thurston, and South King counties in the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle. We are part of the Northwest Region of the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona Province of St. Joseph that includes Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska.
There currently are six canonically established communities and three study groups in Washington. In addition, a new Spanish-speaking Study Group has formed in Bothell, WA.
We are under the patronage of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, OCD (Edith Stein).
Father Ed White, pastor of St. Stephen the Martyr parish in Renton, WA serves as the community's Spiritual Assistant.
The Community has a governing Council:
President, Tony Mactutis
1st Councilor, Ernie Ibale
2nd Councilor, Rebekah Cruz
3rd Councilor, Carol Twombly
Formation Director, Sharon Schweitzer
The Discalced Carmelite Secular communities within the California-Arizona Province of St. Joseph.
We meet on the 4th Sunday each month, currently at St. Stephen the Martyr parish in Renton, WA
Visitors may be invited to join our Aspirant class to further discern a vocation to the Discalced Carmelite Seculars. Once the year as an Aspirant is completed, one may be invited to enter regular formation. This five-year formation program seeks to inform the Candidate about Carmelite spirituality, develop a practice of meditative prayer, and encourage a life of community that lives the Beatitudes.