Vocation Profile - Discalced Carmelite Nuns
Discalced Carmelite Nuns
Grand Rapids, MI
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.
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.
1 year postulancy, 2 year novitiate, 3 years of simple vows before Solemn Vows