The Carmelite Vocation

Carmelite Monastery
of the Sacred Hearts

Carmelite Monastery of the Sacred Hearts

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The Carmelite Vocation

Consecrated to God, to His work and to His Church

The Carmelite vocation is a call to complete and loving dedication, through prayer and sacrifice, to Jesus Christ and His Church.  United by love to the one Spouse of souls as Brides of Christ, Carmelites share His interests, cares, purpose.  This immense purpose is two-fold: the glory and honor of God in reverent worship and the sanctification and salvation of souls.  Though by the world this life is largely unknown or misunderstood, the Carmelite Nun rejoices in faith to be “hidden with Christ in God,” living in His presence and laboring to bear fruit through the spiritual life of the Church.  The Sisters live the contemplative, monastic life in a joyful Community – the day filled with prayer (Divine Office, Holy Mass, Mental Prayer) and apostolic works.

What is a Vocation?

What does it mean to have a religious vocation and how does one become a Carmelite Sister?

History of Carmel

This order traces its origins to the prophet Elias on  Mount Carmel, and was reformed by St. Teresa of Avila.

The Carmelite Life

A life of prayer and sacrifice for the sanctification of priests and the salvation of souls.

My whole longing then was, and still is, that since He [Christ] has so many enemies and so few friends, the friends should at least be good ones.  So I determined to do the little I could, which was to follow the evangelical counsels with all the perfection of which I was capable, and to influence the few around me to do the same, trusting in the great goodness of God who never fails to help anyone who has resolved to leave all for His sake.  I hoped that if all of us spend our time in prayer for those who defend the Church … we would be able better to help this Lord of mine who is so grievously oppressed by those for whom He has done so much good.

St. Teresa of Jesus

Serve God, my beloved daughters in Christ, following in His footsteps of mortification, in utter patience, in total silence, and with every desire to suffer, becoming executioners of your own satisfactions, mortifying yourselves, if perhaps something remains that must die and something still impedes the inner resurrection of the Spirit who dwells within your souls.

St. John of the Cross

There is one ONLY THING to do here below: to love Jesus, to win souls for Him so that He may be loved. Let us seize with jealous care every least opportunity of self-sacrifice. Let us refuse Him nothing — He does so want our love!

St. Therese of the Child Jesus

“A Carmelite’s life is a communing with God from morning till night, and from night till morning. If He did not fill our cells and our cloisters, how empty they would be!” But we see Him through all, for we bear Him within us and our life is an anticipated Heaven.”

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
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The Carmelite Monastery of the Sacred Hearts is a monastery of Carmelite observance based upon the Carmelite Rule and the teaching of the Saints of Carmel.  We are cloistered, contemplative  sisters, dedicated to the Latin Triditine Mass and are striving to live the traditional Carmelite life as laid out by Our Holy Mother St. Teresa in her Constitutions during these difficult times in the Church and the world.  By our prayers and sacrifice we mean to sanctify ourselves and others, especially Priests.