The Call to Carmel

“All of us who wear this holy habit of Carmel are called to prayer and contemplation.”
–St Teresa of Jesus (Avila)

At the origin of religious consecration there is a call of God for which there is no explanation apart from the love which he has for the person whom He calls. This love is absolutely gratuitous, personal and unique.At the core of a vocation to Carmel is an intense drawing to contemplative prayer. It has been said that Carmelites are explorers of an inner place of intimacy with God. Our life is an interior journey of growth in love and friendship with Jesus Christ which is developed through constant prayer.

The Order has the Blessed Virgin Mary as Mother and Patroness, “it takes the mystery of her life and her union with Christ as its ideal model of consecration. Every sister will find in Mary a mother and teacher in the ways of the Spirit who will conform her to Christ and lead her to the heights of holiness.” (Carmelite Constitutions).