Vocation Profile - Discalced Carmelite Nuns

Discalced Carmelite Nuns

Mother Prioress
Vocation Contact
4300 Mount Carmel Dr NE
Ada, MI 49301

616-691-7764
carmelparnell@mymailstation.com
www.Carmelitenuns.org

International?No
Professed members7
Year founded1916
Generalate/motherhouseAutonomous
Province/federationWashington Province

(Arch)dioceses
Grand Rapids, MI
Mission
The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Ada, Michigan (formerly the Carmel of Grand Rapids), was founded in 1916 from Queretaro, Mexico when the 16 Carmelite Nuns from that Carmel fled to the United States during the persecution of the Church during the Mexican Civil War. The Most Reverend Henry Joseph Richter, bishop of Grand rapids, Michigan, invited them to come to his diocese.

The vocation of the Discalced Carmelite Nun is that of a life of prayer and penance, a life of intimacy with God, and an offering of herself for the good of the Church, especially for priests. The prayer of a cloistered Carmelite embraces the world and every soul in it.
Qualifications
Ages 18-30. High school education. Good physical and mental health. Desire to belong wholly to Jesus in the hidden life of the cloister and to serve the Church by a life of prayer and sacrifice.
Formation
1 year postulancy, 2 year novitiate, 3 years of simple vows before Solemn Vows
Age range/limit
18-30
Belated vocations?
No

IRL Blog

Vocation Blog

A blog about vocations to the consecrated life.
  • Many people have a vocation to the religious life but simply do not know that the religious life exists or what it is. I find that many of my students never heard of the religious life. They think that everyone gets married with the exception of the parish priest, and once they learn that it … Continue reading A Moment of Catechesis →

  • The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a clerical society of apostolic life of pontifical right (a community of Roman Catholic priests who do not take religious vows, but who work together for a common mission in the world) has been invited to take on a new apostolate in Archdiocese of Baltimore. They have been entrusted … Continue reading Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Take on New Apostolate →

  • We have just celebrated the Feast Day of St. Jane Frances de Chantal on Saturday, so it is wonderful to learn of the recent election results from the Assembly of the First Federation of the Order of the Visitation held  on July 26-28, 2017. Meeting at the Visitation Monastery in Rockville, Virginia, the Assembly participants … Continue reading First Federation of the Visitation Order Elect New President & Council →