Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Philadelphia
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(Order of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel)
I'm fairly sure they might be listed as, "Carmel of ... or Monastery of ..." or something of the sort, but I don't have that information.
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Founded: More than 100 years ago - I don't know the exact date
"With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of Hosts"
Silence; Solitude; Evangelical counsels; Strict Papal enclosure
A singular website in my experience: there are only videos. Fortunately, they are relatively short and meaningful and beautiful. I'll share one:
"With eager hearts we study the doctrine of St. Teresa .... Raised up by God to reform the Order, her teaching remains the primary source of formation for the nuns and gives guidance to their deepest yearnings."
"We are in Carmel for love alone. It is a calling, a gift, a priviledge. We are here because of Jesus."
Spirituality: Carmelite, St. Theresa of Jesus, St. John of the Cross
Devotions: Moderate use of Latin in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite; the Extraordinary Form is used on occasion; Traditional Habit; others I am sure
Apostolates: Prayer for clergy, the spread of the Gospel, those in need of spiritual assistance, and those who have gone astray; Penance
Ages upon entrance: 18 – 35
Belated vocations: By way of exception
# of professed: Unknown
1400 66th Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
They like to reserve the use email for business matters. It is best to contact them either by telephone or by mail.
St. Theresa of Jesus
Posted at the request of Kevin Banet, who runs TreeFrogClick
, and does promotions for religious communities. With thanks, as he provided information that would have been very difficult for me to find.
Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
- Main Site Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Founded: December 8, 1952
Nestled at the foot of the scenic Wasatch Mountain Range in Salt Lake City, the Carmelite Nuns live joyfully their vocations of love, prayer and union with God. Although they are cloistered and their only apostolate is prayer, in the spirit of St Thérèse of Lisieux, the nuns consider themselves to be missionaries. This perception is often a distinct part of the call to a vocation in this community, since the monastery is located in an area with very few Catholics. The Carmelite Nuns spend their days praying not only for souls in Utah, but all over the world.
In this monastery, the nuns strongly embrace of the vow of poverty. The monastery and cloistered grounds are humble, but simplicity is a cause of great joy for the nuns. Their frugal lifestyle allows them to focus on the contemplation of God without the temptation of material goods. To cut down on cost, they wash used sheets of tin foil, Saran Wrap, and plastic bags to be reused as many times as the material will allow. What food they do not grow in their garden or orchard is brought to them by the Good Samaritans who live in the area. The nuns must often beg for what they do not have, which is a source of great humility for them.
The nuns all wear the traditional full habit, sewn themselves, and they live behind a grille. These Carmelites are each permitted call and write their immediate family once a month, and their families may also visit the monastery once a month. When a postulant becomes a novice, she is clothed in the habit and given a new name, oftentimes of her own choosing. The postulants, novices, and temporarily professed sisters all wear the white veil, but after taking the solemn/perpetual vows, the nuns then wear the black veil.
In between frequent periods of both communal and individual, mental prayer, the nuns go to work cleaning the monastery or working in their gardens. They bring in income by baking altar breads for the diocese, sewing habits for porcelain nun dolls, making candy and fudge, and planning for their annual fair. This fair is planned and organized entirely from within the enclosure, and the nuns, except for the extern nun, do not attend it. Many of the goods that the nuns make are sold at this fair, in addition to donated raffle items, which bring in the majority of the financial support for the nun’s livelihood. (On a side note, the candy that the nuns make is some of the most delicious I have ever tasted, and it can be purchased on their website, along with the beautiful nun dolls, and various holy cards and bookmarks.) In addition to the periods of work and prayer, the sisters enjoy two hours of recreation a day during which they are permitted to speak with one another as they make rosaries or sew to further support their way of life.
The Carmelite Nuns are now the last remaining religious community in the entire state. Less than a decade ago, the Carmelites also feared that a lack of vocations would force them to permanently close the monastery, thus finalizing the demise of religious life in all of Utah. In more recent years, however, the community welcomed several new vocations from out of state, causing the community to flourish once again. The community currently is home to nuns aged 25 to 85 who have come from all over America, and even from outside of America.
Schedule taken from the nun’s main website:
5:25 a.m.: Signal to Rise
5:45 a.m.: Office and Mental Prayer
7:30 a.m.: Mass
8:30 a.m.: Breakfast, then visit to Blessed Sacrament, then work
11:15 a.m.: Office, Examine, dinner (lunch), then recreation
1:30 p.m.: Work, then visit to Blessed Sacrament
2:00 p.m.: Office and Spiritual Reading
2:45 p.m.: Prayers for dying, then work
4:25 p.m.: Office and Mental Prayer
6:00 p.m.: Supper and Recreation
8:00 p.m.: Office and Free Time (Strict Silence)
10:00 p.m.: Retire
Spirituality: Carmelite; St Thérèse of Lisieux
Devotions: Recitation of the seven parts of the Divine Office, Mass, mental prayer, spiritual reading, rosary, fasting, first Friday Eucharistic adoration, some Gregorian chant, grand silence, Carmelite Saints, and a special devotion to Our Blessed Mother.
Ages upon entrance: 20-40 (exceptions may be made)
The community welcomes vocations for both choir nuns and externs. If a young woman is interested in entering the community but is not sure if she is called to become a choir nun or an extern, the community will discern this with her.
Apostolate: Prayer in the spirit of St Thérèse of Lisieux (spiritual missionaries)
# of professed nuns: Current number in community: 10 professed, 1 novice
Mother Maureen Goodwin.
5714 Holladay Blvd
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Occasionally the above email address does not work, so if you have sent an email and do not get a response, perhaps the nuns never got it. In that case, please try again by emailing MotherMaureen
. Mother checks it less often than the email address given above, but at least you can be assured that she will eventually get it.
While they make candy and other goods to support themselves, I thought it quite interesting that they make Carmelite Nun Dolls!
YouTube video is a good look at their daily life:
May God bless your discernment, and may He reward you for responding so openly to His great love! Written by Kathleen, a very good friend of these nuns! I appreciate her too.
Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery
- Main SitePassionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery
Founded by St. Paul of the Cross, 1771; cloistered (constitutional enclosure), contemplative, monastic
Locations: Kentucky, and internationally
The picture of the nuns and umbrella is - one of the more interesting of my pictures. People have written me about it. I want that umbrella. Don't you?
Now He dwells with Him Who was
His Indweller here,
And He casts that Fire on earth
Wonderfully near. Sr. Mariam of the Holy Spirit
Picture right: A novice
Passionists "take a vow of enclosure, but this is somewhat different from a papal enclosure. For instance, we don’t take vacations or go home for visits. Our families can visit us at the monastery" or phone calls and letters are permitted. They leave the monastery for voting, doctor's visits, and shopping. "When a member of our immediate family is in danger of death, we are permitted to go home... and attend funerals."
"Our Holy Founder, St. Paul of the Cross, wanted us to 'have much at heart the spread of devotion to the Passion of Jesus.'" And so, they strive to "attain the union of love with Our Lord in His Paschal Mystery and to share in His mission of redeeming the world." This is shared with others through various contacts and their guesthouse activities.
Liturgically, they "use an array of Latin Gregorian chant Masses, antiphons, hymns, traditional Latin motets and traditional English hymns, as well as carefully chosen modern music (never with a rock beat) which have authentically Catholic lyrics."
To quote a member of the community: "It is wonderful to wear a religious habit! It liberates you from the tyranny of modern fads, and keeps you aware that you belong to Christ. There is so much interior freedom in not having to think about what to wear for this or that occasion. The habit is truly what it says: your habitual attire. There is also this wonderful quote from the bible: 'Serve the Lord in holy attire.' ~ 1Chronicles 16:29."
Right: Recreation takes many forms
Along with the usual breviary, they have a "Passionist breviary", which includes some special approved feasts and Offices. "Praying these with the Sisters of our own community as well as with guests, is a beautiful way to honor Jesus in the great mystery of His love."
When making a retreat with the nuns, there are two assigned to work in the guest house, while the rest of the community are with retreatants only in chapel during the liturgy.
Schedule (taken from their excellent blog):
5 a.m. - Rising bell (many of the Sisters rise before this)
5:15 a.m. - Contemplative Prayer in private or in Chapel
6:15 a.m. - Morning Prayer in monastery chapel (Lauds)
7 a.m. - Holy Mass followed by 5 minutes of Thanksgiving and then Midmorning Prayer (Terce)
Breakfast, Tidy cell, Work/Class/Spiritual Reading
12 noon – Midday Prayer (Sext), Dinner, dishes, Recreation
1:25 p.m. – Silence Time (free to exercise, read, rest, etc.)
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – 2:45 p.m. - Midafternoon prayer (None) followed by the “Offerings of the Precious Blood” with arms extended for 5 minutes and the Divine Mercy Chaplet
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday – Silence time ends at 3:15
4:30 p.m. – Rosary can be prayed communally at this time or in solitude.
5:00 p.m. - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; Evening Prayer (Vespers)
Followed by 1 hour of private contemplative prayer
Supper, Dishes, Recreation
8:00 p.m. - Office of Readings and Night Prayer (Matins; Compline)
9 p.m. - Great Silence
9:30 p.m. - Retire
Spirituality: St. Paul of the Cross; Our Sorrowful Mother, Eucharistic
Devotions: Divine Office full, 7X day communal; Friday exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; Way of the Cross Friday communal and daily individually; private or communal Rosary; private exposition of the Blessed Sacrament(daily)
Apostolates: Prayer; Sharing Christ in the Blessed Sacrament; attaining union with God; Retreats for seminarians, priests, religious and laity
Ages upon entrance: 18-35
Belated vocations? No
# of professed nuns: 13 (maybe more now)
John Mary, C.P. Vocation Contact
8564 Crisp Road
Whitesville, KY 42378-9782
Interested? Request Information here.
Check this out:
Their vocation video:
"Cloistered Nuns offering their lives for the sanctification of priests in Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration."
Left: Rosary and Cincture
There are several pages on their website dedicated to Blessed John Paul II - obviously, the Holy Father was a great inspiration to them. As they say, "As a Pontifical community, our love for the Church is expressed in our unswerving loyalty and fidelity to the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ on earth."
"As our Founder so clearly stated, our life 'is tied, anchored, bound, fastened, and focused in the Blessed Sacrament.' This is our apostolate, which allows us to extend our love for Jesus and our gratitude to Him to every hour of the day and night. Each Sister enjoys at least one daily Holy Hour in addition to several nocturnal Holy Hours each week."
"We wear a full length wine red habit, a scapular with an attached Trinitarian emblem, a long white veil, cincture, and Rosary. The wine red color symbolizes the Precious Blood and our white veil symbolizes the Eucharist. A simple silver ring is worn by perpetually professed Sisters."
"By the call of God we form a true family, like the first Christian community. We are gathered in His name around our Mother Prioress, a true spiritual mother and friend. Together we seek the Will of God from moment to moment in faith and simplicity. This brings a peace like unto that of the Holy Family, whose hearts were completely united."
"The fruition of the Handmaids' life of prayer and self-immolation is to be realized in a hidden life of deep personal sacrifice and constant prayerful intercession in the interest of the holiness of all priests and in behalf of the needs of all souls."
This is an ethnically diverse community, with Sisters from many places in the US and internationally.
According to IRL, "Candidates participate in the 2-4 week 'Come and See' experience at the motherhouse or by a 3 months aspirancy program either at the motherhouse or by correspondence." Any practicing Catholic can send them their mailing address, and they will assign you a priest to pray for daily.
See Adopt a Priest
Spirituality: Handmaids (they have their own Rule of life, being Eucharistic, Marian, and Sacerdotal); Our Blessed Mother and the Rosary; Blessed John Paul II; Traditional Habit
They are separate and distinct from other Orders which share the title "of the Precious Blood".
Devotions: Prayer - Communal 3X daily (separate from Holy Hours); Scripture and other spiritual reading; Habit - traditional; Eucharistic Adoration, one hour a day per Sister, as well as some night time Holy Hours; Divine Office - chanted, communal; Rosary - three daily during Holy Hour; Meditation; Silence - Grand
About five hours a day are spent in the chapel, not counting Adoration Hours. I do hope I have most of the above correct. Just take it for granted they pray a bunch, and most of it in community.
Apostolates: Prayer (for priests and all souls), spiritual works of mercy
Ages upon entrance: 19-39
Belated vocations? No
# professed sisters or nuns: About 20
Cor Jesu Monastery
PO Box 90, Jemez Springs NM
Phone: (575) 829-3906
Please note: the Sisters prefer mail or email communication, as they leave their answering machine on nearly all the time, so as not to interrupt prayers. It will be harder to reach them if you use the telephone.Email: Vocation
Right: Titled on their webpage: "Adore the Lord in His Holy Court"
- Their New Mexico location (in a canyon) is said to be spectacular, even in the winter, with the sun's brightness bathing the entire scene, down to the Canyon's bottom at 6300 feet!
- Precious Blood Chaplet
- Mother of Sorrows Rosary
- Two ministries that are new to me are listed on their links page, and I think would be of great interest to my readers. I will put this on my main blog eventually. They should be more well known than they are (or maybe I've been oblivious). On further inspection, I see that Encourage Priests is part of the Catholics Coming Home movement - and they have made terrific videos. Spectacular - and inspired. If you've never visited their site, please do - Catholics Come Home.
- Courageous Priest
Can't seem to stop: Also, see Stations of the Cross
(visual). I think you will like it, as you can pray them with strong visual reminders, which I always find helpful.
Monastic Order of the Cross
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Founded 1993 in Latvia; Monastic, Contemplative, not yet canonically cloistered.
Faithful to the Church, its teachings and Magisterium.Located in Rhode Island.
Left: Mother Benedykta
Because this particular foundation branched off of an autonomous canonically established contemplative congregation it has been a Public Association of the Faithful - which means it is a new foundation attached at first to a specific diocese and currently admitting new vocations and will have a permanent location in the near future.
"The community embraces the Monastic Rule of St. Benedict and the Mystical Charism of Paul Danei, following the Rule and Constitutions that were originally approved by the Cardinal-Archbishop of Riga Lativa, when they first began in1993."
The community provides help in the discernment process of women who are seriously interested in seeking the contemplative life of intimate union with Christ Crucified and Our Most Sorrowful Mother, Mary.
Right: See Community Life
for more of these lovely sketches.
Seekers should be single women who are at least 20 years old, high school graduates, and want to completely devote their lives to becoming spiritual mothers for the needs of the Church and the world. This community accepts both later vocations and the disabled. Age is also not as much a factor as found in more established older communities.
You can expect the normal rhythm of contemplative prayer, Divine Office in both English and Latin using the Gregorian chant, much time for studies, artist work and periods of recreation. The work of this order incorporates several varieties which are both monastic and in tune with the times, i.e. they have the ability to connect with the world through publishing, music and continued academic studies, much as the Benedictine Monks have at their disposal.
Very few established communities will even consider a vocation that has a physical handicap or is an older vocation/second vocation. I have often ranted and raved about this, no? But this community, in the spirit of many founders over the centuries, accepts the will of God in his vocational calling to those longing to become spouses of Christ.
Mother Benedykta says she has never turned away an aspirant simply because she is in a wheelchair, deaf or otherwise handicapped. The Lord calls who He wishes, sometimes in later life, sometimes a widow, but always those who are open to hear deep in their hearts His loving whisper to service in the Church. St. Alphonse Ratisbone was always ill, as were Sts. Therese, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Catherine of Sienna, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American saint was a mother. The foundress of the Hawthorne Dominicans, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s convert daughter had been married for years when she began her diocesan community of sisters to care for cancer patients.
So thanks be to God, I get to add this to my list of communities where disabled woman, widows and later vocations are given serious consideration. May it prosper.
Left: Our Lady of Academia
6 am: Rise, rosary in private
6:30: Lauds and Meditation
7:30: Holy Mass
8:30: Lectio Divina -Spiritual Reading
9am: Work or Studies
12:45: Sext, Examen
1:00: Midday Meal and Communal Spiritual Reading
2:45: Grand Silence and Siesta
6:30: Vespers and Meditation
7:45: Evening Meal and Communal Spiritual Reading
9:30: Compline and Blessing
11:pm: Grand Silence and Repose
Spirituality: Benedictine; Holy Martyr Blessed Bishop Evgeni Bosilkov of Bulgaria who was persecuted and killed by the communist regime; the Blessed Martyrs of Daimiel, Spain. The communists took all the seminary, both priests and their very young seminary students and killed them. All these have been recently beatified by Blessed Pope John Paul II. Traditional Habit.
Devotions: The nuns wear a traditional black habit and are discalced; Divine Office chanted, seven times daily; silent prayer - twice daily; Rosary - Daily; Way of the Cross - weekly; Scripture and other spiritual reading; theological studies; silence save for twice daily recreation
Apostolates: Whereas their apostolates is the hidden contemplative life of prayerful interaction, it includes among many others, Writing and publishing; Sacred Art (painting, music, and the ancient arts of woodcarving and iconography).
Ages upon entrance: 18-35
Belated vocations: Considered on a case by case basis.
Professed Nuns and those in formation: New community
is a nice resource for finding out about contemporary Saints and Martyrs, such as those mentioned above.Mother B. clued me in to this site: Monastery Greetings
, where many monasteries sell their goods.
An American Order, which started as a student center near Harvard University in the 1940's, and transitioned into a Religious community in 1949. The primary focus of the community was to preserve Catholic teaching, particularly the doctrine of the necessity of the Church for salvation. Not surprisingly, their fourth vow is to defend the doctrines of the Church.
Religious life is lived through total consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the promotion of the reign of Jesus Christ in all things. They house the indult center for the Latin Tridentine Mass in the Diocese of Worcester.
As you can see from the pictures, they "wear a traditional black habit and veil as a sign of our consecration to Christ and a testimony to our commitment to visibly preserving traditional Catholic values in the twenty-first century."
The core of the community revolves around -
- The Blessed Eucharist
- The Mystery of the Incarnation
- Devotion to Our Lady
- Devotion to the Saints
- Love of Sacred Scripture and Scholarship
" The saints are our older brothers and sisters in Christ, who are now one with God." One reason I love being a Catholic. I have never understood how one could think that people go to heaven, and then just forgot everyone and everything about their earthly existence. Even though I used to believe that! My family is much, much bigger now, thanks be to God.
Sorry, you know I get off on subjects -- onward.
"Simplicity is in no way opposed to scholarship. Indeed the Doctors of the Church were outstanding for the simplicity and clarity with which they expounded the truths of the Catholic Faith."
7:00: Holy Mass
12:45: Free Time
7:00: Rosary and Compline
Sunday at 9:30: Sung High Mass
Spirituality: Benedictine, Marian; Traditional Habit
Devotions: Divine Office, Latin, Chanted; Rosary, communal, daily; High Mass (Sunday); Day of Recollection, First Sunday; Eucharistic Adoration, Friday afternoons, four hours
Apostolates: Publishing and selling books on the Faith; Catechetical work with children; teaching adult converts; nursing; secretarial and administrative work; farming; promulgation of the Faith in every way; human life
Ages upon entrance: 18-50; Mature women are welcome
Belated vocations: Unknown if they take women over 50 - you can ask
Sisters of Saint Benedict Center
Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
254 Still River Road
Still River, MA 01467-0022
They seem to have lovely grounds, and plenty to do ...
"Our mother house, Saint Anne’s House, is located in the quaint little village of Still River, on 60+ acres situated among the beautiful rolling hills and quiet countryside of Worcester County. We operate a small farm with extensive fruit and vegetable gardens, and grow much of our own food, selling the surplus locally."
Carmelite Nuns, Monastery of Cristo Rey
- IRL - primary source of information until their new website is finishedCarmelite Nuns, Monastery of Cristo Rey
- their website is under constructionCloistered. They may also be monastic - when their website is operational, I'll be able to say with more accuracy.Located in California.
These nuns serve God exclusively through prayer, sacrifice, and penance. In a hidden way, living in the presence of God is the center of their life. They pray for all, blending silence, solitude, and joyful community.
5 am Rise
5.30 am Silent prayer
6.30 am Lauds (Great Silence ends)
7 am Mass, Terce
8.10 am Breakfast (bread and coffee) and then manual work
11.15 am Sext, None, Examen of Conscience
11.45 am Dinner (main meal in silence---they fast from Sept to Easter)
12.30 pm Angelus and Recreation
2.30 pm Spiritual reading
3.15 pm Manual work
4.50 pm Vespers and Commemorations of Carmelite Saints
5.20 pm Silent Prayer
6.20 pm Angelus, Rosary, Supper (smaller meal)
7.30 pm Hour of Recreation
8.30 pm Examen of Conscience and Compline, Hymn in honor of Mary and beginning of Great Silence
9.30 pm Matins
10.15 pm Retire
Spirituality: Carmelite; St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila); St. John of the Cross; Blessed Mother; Traditional Habit
Devotions: Divine Office, Gregorian chant; Eucharistic Adoration; Benediction service; Rosary, communal; Novenas; Traditional Habit; Mass both Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms, and should the Ordinary Form be in the vernacular, it might be in either English or Spanish, and the hymns may be a mixture also ( my guess); Grand Silence; Angelus; Spiritual reading; Examen of Conscience
Apostolates: Prayer (primary); prayer for priests; prayer for the Church; sacrifice and penance
Ages upon entrance: 18-37; Externs of the same age
Belated vocations? Yes
# of professed nuns: 20
721 Parker Avenue
San Francisco, California
Picture credit: "Churches Worth Driving To", from California Catholic Daily
The Horarium was published in PhatMass - I don't know if it is entirely correct, but it sounds fairly typical of such an Order. Will make corrections and additions when their site is up.
"The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Flemington follow the ideal of life established by St. Teresa of Avila to support the Church by their contemplative lives of prayer. Their loving fidelity to the Magisterium is lived out in the cloister where prayer, solitude and the common life in a Marian spirit nourish an apostolic zeal."
This is a healthy statement about Religious life from a Dominican Brother, on the occasion of solemn profession of vows of one of the members of this order:
"That the world does not turn gray but rather because of your vows and the walls of this enclosed monastery they become a prism for the light of God, which splits into a radiant splendor of brilliant color, more brilliant than any light outside.”
Sounds inviting to me.
7:00 Liturgy of the Hours
7:15 Holy Mass, Thanksgiving
8:00 Liturgy of the Hours
8:15 Coffee, Spiritual Reading
9:00 Manual Work
11:00 Liturgy of the Hours
11:15 Examination of Conscience
11:25 Dinner, followed by an hour of Recreation
1:00 Manual Work
2:00 Liturgy of the Hours, Quiet Period
3:00 Manual Work
4:45 Liturgy of the Hours
6:15 Supper and Recreation
8:00 Liturgy of the Hours
8:30 Free Time
9:30 Liturgy of the Hours
10:15 Spiritual Reading
Left: Monastic folks having fun in the snow. It's getting to be a habit with me, choosing pictures like this. Bit like having to include dog pictures (I am not aware they have any dogs).
"The lifestyle is simple and austere, but not excessively so. Two daily hours of recreation enrich and enliven community living. In the words of Saint Teresa herself… 'Lord, deliver us from gloomy saints!
You have to work, too ... "It is an authentic witness to the vow of poverty and provides a healthy balance for an intense spiritual life."
On discerning your vocation: "Seek guidance from someone who knows authentic Carmelite life, read the lives of Carmelite Saints and deepen your commitment to prayer, (these) are good ways to begin." For some suggested reading, see this list of books
Left: Cover of the second book in a trilogy, written by one of the Nuns. Image from Amazon. You should see the price they are asking for the first book in this series. !! Amazon can be a riot. Be sensible, and go to the Monastery's gift shop to buy it.
I don't usually comment this extensively about anyone's gift shop
, but... this other book:
"Carmel and the Korean Death March" - which was translated and printed by the nuns. This is a piece of history I've never read or heard about. I've put it on my Goodreads "to read" list. You might be interested too.
Additionally, their sympathy/get well etc cards include a page where the recipient is notified that the nuns are praying for them - very handy, nicely done. Looks like they do quality work. Also, the "Rule of St. Albert", newly translated. Sorry, I'll stop now.
Spirituality: Carmelite; Saint Teresa of Jesus
Devotions: Divine Office (choral recitation), Examination of conscience - daily; Spiritual reading - daily; Full Carmelite Habit; Prayer - personal - two hours daily; others, I am quite certain.
Apostolates: Prayer - primary; Contemplation; also St. Teresa's Press
# professed nuns: 16
Entrance ages: 18-35
Belated vocations: No, not normally
Mother Anne of Christ, O.C.D.
Reverend Mother Prioress
26 Harmony School Road
Flemington, New Jersey 08822
Email: Friends of Carmel
- An epic adventure in the Christian tradition, The Forbidden Door, a trilogy written by a member of their order.
- On Picassa, pictures of the interior of the monastery (hover right, follow the arrow).
- Not to be outdone, on Flicker, pictures of the Church (large, easy to see details).
- From the Catholic Spirit: Ancient Order of cloistered nuns pray for souls, vocations.
- St. Joseph Association, Discalced Carmelite Nuns.
- Cloistered Life, a great resource for those wanting to learn about this calling.
Oh dear, they do have a dog(s) and cat(s) and tree frogs. Never posted a picture of a tree frog, but here is one of their dogs.
My personal thanks to the Nuns, for their friendly and thorough aid in a matter that was confusing me.
Sub Tuum"We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer us. Amen."
Fidelity to the Holy Father and Church is one of their basic foundations.
They use a restored Dominican Chant, for which they sought help and advice (see New Liturgical Movement
). I do not know if they are the only ones in the world using it, but they did solicit expertise in putting it together (or back together).
"Our community keeps Eucharistic Adoration and the Perpetual Rosary as Our Lady’s Guard of Honor, as we live out St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. Our community's motto is UT OMNES UNUM SINT, "that all may be one" (John 17:21). We also sing the major hours of the Divine Office in Latin using our traditional Dominican chant."
True to the contemplative tradition, the ultimate goal of our life as Dominican Nuns is to be free for God alone. To fulfill their life faithfully, the Nuns are helped by enclosure, silence, the habit, work and penitential practices. "Apostolic zeal for souls should be the marrow of our interior life as Nuns of the Order of Preachers, so that in union with Our Lord we spend ourselves totally for the salvation of souls."
They had an interesting beginning, as they were looking to be welcomed as an interracial community - and strangely enough (or not), that place was Alabama.
Their daily schedule:
5:00 am: Rise, Angelus
5:40: Office of Readings and Lauds (Morning Prayer)
7:15: Household Chores
8:00: Terce (Midmorning Prayer), Private Prayer
9:00: Holy Mass
10:00: Work period
11:24: Sext (Midday Prayer), Community Rosary
Noon: Angelus, Dinner
1:00 pm: Recreation
2:00: Silence: Study and rest period
3:00: None (Midafternoon prayer), Private Prayer
4:00: Work period, Novitiate classes
6:00: Angelus, Vespers (Evening prayer)
8:30: Compline (Night prayer), Retire
Their Christmas newsletter
(2011) - they received a new postulant, and their former postulant received her Dominican habit and new name in religion. For this tiny order, this must have been a wonderful occasion.
"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it."(Matthew 13:44-46)
If you desire God before all else, these ladies may be waiting for you.
Spirituality: Dominican; Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary; St. Dominic
Devotions: Preserved Dominican Chants (Latin); Traditional Habit; Eucharistic Adoration (daily); the consecration of St. Louis Marie de Montfort; Angelus; Divine Office (chanted, Latin); Rosary, perpetual; private prayer; Stations of the Cross (daily); monthly and yearly retreats; Scripture and other spiritual reading and study; monastic silence, among their advent practices is the praying of 4000 Hail Marys for the 4000 years the world waited for the Messiah; Extraordinary Form Masses
Apostolates: Perpetual Rosary; Perpetual Adoration; Prayer - primary
Ages upon Entrance: 18-30 (although one place on their website says 17-28). 17 year olds cannot enter a religious order, but they may visit and begin to prepare themselves.
Belated vocations?: No
# of professed nuns: 6, with at least two more going through the process of growth before final professions.
Dominican Monastery of St. Jude
P.O. Box 170
143 County Road 20 East
Marbury, Alabama 36051
Email: St. Jude Monastery
Cistercian Nuns, Valley of Our Lady Monastery
- Main siteCistercian Nuns, Valley of Our Lady Monastery
Founded: 1957 from a Swiss Abbey (Cistercians date from 1098); Cloistered, Monastic
Located in Wisconsin. Cistercians are found around the world, but each community is autonomous.
These are the only Cistercian Nuns in the English speaking world. They are working toward a new Monastery location, as their current residence, though many acres, is increasingly noisy. They also are having a healthy number moving toward professions, for their size.
Living in the tradition of the Desert Fathers (and Mothers), these nuns follow a path of unceasing conversion in order to attain union with God. Their "Monastic Life is a radical participation in the Paschal Mystery of Christ."
The Cistercian Order is dedicated to Mary under the title of her Assumption.
So it is that they pray unceasingly wherever they are: “In union with Christ and His Bride, the Church, during the Hours of the Divine Office, we bring before the Father all that is human: joy and sorrow; hope, anxiety; innocence and sin; patience and anger; life and death."
Chapter Office is held every morning, where issues important to the community are discussed, and there are readings of the Rule of St. Benedict and of Martyrs.
3:30 am Rise
3:50 am Matins, Interval, Lauds, Breakfast, Lectio Divina
7:45 am Terce, Mass, Chapter, Work
12:00 pm Sext, Dinner, Work
1:30 pm Prayer
2:15 pm None, Recreation
3:00 pm Work
5:00 pm Vespers, Supper, Free Recreation
6:30 pm Compline
8:30 pm Retire
If all this sounds like a little much, here are some words from St. Bernard of Clairvaux:
“It’s not a matter of self-torture or of producing special achievements of self-assertion, but rather we let go of ourselves, to become interiorly free and so available for the call of God.”
And perhaps St. Bernard should have added(!): And you WILL have recreation! Wonder if I could learn to do this. If you live in a place with almost no snowfall, it looks awfully fun.
Spirituality: Rule of St. Benedict; St. Thomas Aquinas and other Fathers of the Church; their founders, Saints Robert, Alberic and Stephen; Our Lady
Devotions: Divine Office - Latin with Gregorian Chant; Traditional Habit; Grand Silence; Ascetic Practices; Continuous interior prayer; the study of Liturgical, Sacramental and Monastic Theology and Doctrine; Processions according to the season; Eucharistic Adoration - First Fridays and other times; Lectio Divinia (Meditative reading of Scripture)
Apostolates: Prayer - Primary; they bake Hosts to support themselves, and have a craft shop; Theological studies; Contemplation
# of professed nuns: 16
Ages upon entrance: 21-35
Belated vocations? Not likely, but you can ask.
Sr. Mary Benedicta, O.Cist.
E11096 Yanke Drive Prairie du Sac, WI
To ask about vocations, email CictercianVocations
If you feel called to be an Oblate, email Sr.MargaretMary
If you are interested in joining their order in Switzerland, email Motherhouse
- Support them by visiting and buying from their Monastery Craft Shop
- News concerning their new monastery
- An article on this order from Catholic Online: "Host-baking Cistercians mix life in cloister with modern operation.
- To read more about Cistercians, see I cistercensi (I have provided the English link; I hope).
Their website is so gorgeous, I could have just copied every picture. Very hard to chose. Visit even if you don't want to be a Nun! You'll come away peacefully refreshed.
This is a YouTube video not made by the Nuns, but a photographer who visited one day several years ago. Not every picture is typical of their normal day, as one of the nuns commented: "We wear the cuculla normally in Choir. However as it was 95 degrees and we have a small space and low ceiling, we do not wear it at those times. Also it was an altar bread baking day and so some of the sisters were in work smocks and hoods."
One of the Nuns drew this illustration of solitary study and prayer. Charming.