Our Tradition

Living in God’s Presence

What we call “Carmel” is really a way of life in which we try to be aware of the Presence of God in the most ordinary, everyday things. We’re contemplative, but we live out our service in the world. We’re prayerful, but we’re also practical. We were founded 800 years ago on a mountaintop, but we have our feet firmly planted in today’s problems and concerns.

“Carmel learned to tell the story of the human heart as a love story. Thinking they were searching for something missing in their lives, Carmelites discovered they were being pursued by a loving presence whose desire for them gave them increased life, greater freedom, and a trustworthy relationship for their guidance.”
-The Carmelite Way*

Living in Community

Carmelites live together in groups so that we can support one another in our desire to live up to what God wants of us. We share prayer times, meals, concerns, and, sometimes, work. We are brothers to one another and call each other to accountability for our way of life.

Living in Service to Others

Carmelite friars are pastors, teachers, and spiritual directors. But, we’re also lawyers, firefighters, and prison chaplains. There is no one career that defines a Carmelite. We pray for the freedom to respond to needs wherever we find them.

*The Carmelite Way, John Welch, O.Carm.
(Paulist Press: 1996)

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We invite you to join us on the path up Mount Carmel. Walking in the footsteps of Jesus with Elijah and Mary is a wonderful, deeply satisfying life. We welcome you to contact us at any time via the information below.

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