"The Leaven" is a Secular Institute affiliated to the Carmelite Order. The Institute is made up of vowed women, single or widowed, who choose to live and work in the world, in their own homes and workplaces, bringing Christ into every circumstance. In this way these Lay Carmelites strive to be "leaven in the world". Founded at Aylesford Carmelite Priory in 1949 as a residential community, the members of The Leaven now live in their own homes across the country but are bonded as a community by a programme of formation, development, and support. The President of The Leaven can be contacted via The Friars, Aylesford. For more information please visit The Leaven pages in the Lay Carmel section of this website, and The Leaven's own website.