Apostolic Carmel Associates: The ACA’s are lay persons who join us to imbibe the Carmelite spirituality and a closer following of Jesus as disciples of the Lord. The ACA’s have monthly meetings with prayer, Gospel reading, reflection and sharing of insights. They give testimonies of their life witness in support of their lived faith.
Men and women from different professions who want to be associated with the Apostolic Carmel Communities are initiated into the group. After five years of regular attendance at meetings and practicing the Catholic faith in the context of their own families they are received as permanent members of the Apostolic Carmel lay apostolate. Each Community has its own sub-unit and all sub-units belong to the main Unit of East Africa Region.
The ACA’s strengthen the Apostolic Carmel Congregation by taking up some responsibilities of Faith formation, Catechetics, Vocation Promotion and Family visits. At present we have 46 ACA’s temporarily affiliated and 16 ACA’s with permanent affiliation. There are 7 sub- units, as part of the Regional Unit of East Africa. In total we have 180 Apostolic Carmel associates in the Region.
Apostolic Carmel Associates reach out to the needy during their annual outreach programs visiting orphanages and old age homes helping them with food stuff and praying with them.