Vocation Profile - Hermits of St. Mary of Carmel
Hermits of St. Mary of Carmel
We are a community of hermits as the Primitive Rule of Carmel prescribes: each member living alone but joined together by mutual charity for material and spiritual support and stability.
The purpose of our particular life (vocation) is to attend to Divine Contemplation as habitually as possible through a stable time in the cell, as often as possible, thus fostering a deep sense of the Presence of God, the most Holy Trinity, and to intercede constantly for the salvation of souls, the triumph of the Holy Catholic Church and the good of the entire world. The spirit of Carmel consists essentially in a longing for union with God. For the Hermits of St. Mary of Carmel (HSMC), this aspiration has a quality of immediacy, an insistence on prompt realization that distinguishes our, and the Order of Carmel's, religious attitude.
The Spirit of Carmel includes a sense of the sacred and a thirst for the divine. While in preparation for this union, God gives each soul to realize within the self the climate of the original desert, and after withdrawing into this interior solitude, "abiding in the presence of the living God," the light of truth will come to purity, enlighten and enkindle the soul.
“Applicants to the eremitical life of our Hermitage are to be received kindly, but should not be too readily admitted.” [C4B] They may be admitted to postulancy if they manifest a right intention and spiritual attitude, possess a temperament suited to a life of solitude and life in community, including good common sense, balance and give evidence of adequate maturity, in good physical condition a healthy capacity to love, and finally an ever deep longing to be one with God.
One to two weeks “come and see”;
Three months live-in experience;
Six months to one year postulancy;
One to two years novitiate;
Three years temporary vows;
Then perpetual vows.
30 years (25 if exceptional) to 50 years
Yes: Ideally it would help greatly if the applicant had some experience of religious life.
If after many years of living and feeling a longing to give oneself to God in a real tangible way, one would also feel the beginning of wanting to let go of possessions and even of self for the love of God alone; such an individual would be considered. We are looking for women who are or desire to become “madly” in love with Our Lord.