Vocation Profile - Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Monastery of the Infant Jesus of Prague
Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Monastery of the Infant Jesus of Prague
The Carmelite Order is international.
We gratefully count ourselves blessed to be daughters of the Church, in the spirit of our foundress Saint Teresa of Jesus, with love for priests and for souls, obedience to the Magisterium, and fidelity to our Carmelite heritage. We cherish traditional monastic customs such as the full religious habit, a stable horarium, Marian devotions, austerity, silence, and papal enclosure. Latin and Gregorian chant are used in addition to English in the liturgy. In keeping with the liturgical reform of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, we also have the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. We firmly believe that God calls cloistered religious to be channels of grace for the Church and the world. For this purpose, we seek ever deeper union with Him through prayer and self-surrender.
Candidates must aspire to holiness, be motivated by faith, have a love for prayer, a willingness to surrender all things for God, and be determined to become faithful brides of Christ. They should desire to learn how to love solitude and to give themselves generously in community life. Good physical and emotional health, and at least a high school diploma, are also required.
Our monastic formation includes a postulancy of 6-12 months, novitiate of 2 years, and temporary vows for three years, with perpetual solemn vows completing the total consecration. Sisters in formation are under the guidance of the novice mistress until they move to the professed nuns’ dormitory during the final year of temporary vows. The entire community receives ongoing formation through conferences in sound theology from visiting priests.
Yes: Rare exceptions to the normal age limit may be made on an individual basis. Childlike docility, detachment, and flexibility are essential for anyone aspiring to Carmel. These qualities are usually more challenging to older candidates.