“We live in Simplicity...
And in a silence full of God.”
Sister Mary Ruth, O.Carm.
Carmel of Mary
Wahpeton, North Dakota
God spared no grace in drawing me to Carmel. He gave me the best of parents. Dad is a Knight of
Columbus. He and Mom have always been strong promoters of the faith. Their fidelity and love for their
family have been a great inspiration to me.
As a teenager, I became involved in a summer catechetical program. In teaching others, I found I
was teaching myself. I learned the power of prayer and gained a deep love for Christ in the Blessed
Sacrament and for Mary and her humble “fiat.”
In college, God gave me good friends, some being Knights of Columbus, who loved the faith
and provided moral support to me. But it was in meeting St. Therese in her autobiography,
The Story of a Soul, that I found my vocation. She took me by the hand to Carmel.
Here in the cloister, we live in simplicity, in joyful fraternity and in a silence full of
God. With Jesus and Mary, we offer our lives as a prayer of love on behalf of the needs
of the Church.
To be all His, to live in His presence: This is my great joy!
DEDICATING OURSELVES TO GOD AND HIS PEOPLE
Whatever our calling, there is so much we can do to promote priestly
and religious vocations. It begins simply, by living
out our faith, loving our family, and supporting
those around us. It grows naturally, by
praying, teaching, and actively encouraging
others to consider God’s plan
for their lives. His goodness and
His will can only become
more apparent when we
fully dedicate ourselves
“I WANTED TO EMBRACE
THEIR WAY OF LIFE.”
Sister Marie Richard Carmel, O.Carm.
Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm
Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse
Germantown, New York
New York—a place
where my parents kept
a strong, abiding faith.
Their commitment often
meant sacrifice, like scraping
together enough money for my
sister and I to attend Catholic schools.
When my mom and dad were
married, they had their reception in the
local Knights of Columbus Hall. Years
later, this building became a nursing home,
Madonna Residence, served by the Carmelite
Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. As fate would
have it, when I was fifteen, I became a volunteer there.
I had always been attracted by the dedication and joy I saw in the Sisters who taught me
in school, and at times considered a religious calling. So, when I got to know the Carmelite
Sisters, I knew that I wanted to embrace their way of life. It became clear that living in imitation of
Jesus Christ was the shortest path to holiness.
Although I was only eighteen, my parents supported my decision to become a Sister. They considered
it an honor that God would call one of their children. Professing the vows of chastity, poverty and
obedience; embracing a life of prayer; living in the community; and serving the elderly—my life choice is a
radical way of witnessing God’s unconditional love. I could not but say yes to the Lord.
Carmelites were featured in recent vocation
articles in “Columbia,” the newsletter of the
Knights of Columbus, in their December and