The Carmelites of Boston are a community of contemplative nuns belonging to the worldwide Order of Discalced Carmelites. The Discalced Carmelites, also known as Teresian Carmelites, are nuns, priests, brothers, and Secular Order members who follow the spiritual tradition of Saint Teresa of Jesus (Avila) and Saint John of the Cross. Carmelite nuns have a presence in 88 countries throughout the world. In the United States, there are 65 monasteries of Carmelite nuns.
Our community lives in the inner city of Boston, in Roxbury, where we have remained since our foundation in 1890. At that time, we offered our commitment to be a prayerful presence in this neighborhood in Boston. As in the very first days of our foundation, our bells continue to ring daily, calling people to prayer and directing their thoughts to the faithful presence of God in their midst.
Boston Carmel, Monastery of Our Lady and St. Joseph, is a beautiful and special place. Completed in 1896, this monastery, which is our current home, still stands today, and is the oldest Carmelite monastery building still in use in the United States.