For eight centuries, men have answered the call to Carmel. Whether it was the 12th century crusaders who established a contemplative community on Mt. Carmel in the Holy Land or the thousands of men all over the world today who have followed in their footsteps, Carmel has become much more than a geographic place, it is a spiritual home. Since those first Carmelites, Carmel has become home to both men and women all around the globe as well as some of the most important and beloved saints in history.
Still, the call to Carmel is as unique as each soul who makes the journey. The common denominator that links us is the deep desire to find a way to marry both contemplation and action in the world. As we strive for union with Christ we draw others closer to Him. In this life, we draw ever closer to one another in Christ.
We invite you to join us on the path up Mount Carmel. Walking in the footsteps of Jesus with Mary and Elijah is a wonderful, deeply satisfying life.
In this section, you can find answers to common questions about the Carmelite way of life. You can also explore the application process and the various stages of formation, meet several Carmelites, and join in a discussion about the call to religious life with the Carmelites.