Mark Danis, OCDS

(Travels from Ohio)

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Mark Danis, OCDS, is co-host of the weekly radio program, Carmelite Conversations, which aired internationally for six years on the Radio Maria network. The program focuses on the method and blessings of contemplative prayer practiced in the in our busy day to day lives. Episodes can be streamed at

Mark’s primary ministry is providing teaching and spiritual direction in contemplative prayer and removing the obstacles to prayer. He is grounded primarily in the teachings of the Carmelites, most especially St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross.

Mark is a popular speaker and often gives large-group presentations and retreats on Prayer and Carmelite spirituality. He also writes a weekly reflection on prayer for a large nation-wide prayer community, and he leads a weekly prayer group focused on the Teresian Method of Prayer. Mark’s most recent appearance was at the 2018 OCDS Congress where he delivered a powerful message to more than 400 Secular Carmelites.

A spiritual director, Mark has bee a member of the Secular Order of Carmel (discalced Carmelites) for thirteen years and has taken his Secular Vows in the Order.

Mark attended St. Michael’s college in Winooski, Vermont, where he received his undergraduate degree in English Literature. He later received a masters degree in theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut.

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The main focus of Mark’s ministry is how to live a full Contemplative experience while fulfilling the responsibilities of our station in life.

“My perspective is very much informed by the writings of St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross and St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. My individual expertise is in the different phases of an active prayer life, how the events of our life can both assist and at times impede our progress in prayer, and the role of Spiritual Direction to assist us in moving forward.”

The topics Mark speaks on are prayer, transformation in Love, family, and healing the wounds we experience in life.

“We were all very impressed with your grasp of Teresian Spirituality.  Most notable for me, was something you did that is not often done during a talk.  You told stories that could easily lead to meditation.” 

Judith Williford

“Thank you Mark, for the great words of wisdom, and the reminder of the Gods of Eternal Freedom.”

Ken Dattilio

“Mark’s reflections on healing are spot on.  Spiritual/inner healing is what God is doing in our midst.”

Joe Maillet

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