A Vocation to Carmel

We do not expect an applicant to be a mature contemplative from the beginning, but she must have the qualities necessary for living our way of life and growing toward the fullness of the Carmelite vocation:

  • The desire and determination to give oneself wholeheartedly to God and to others in a characteristically Carmelite life of prayer.
  • Willingness to let go of all things in order to respond to the call of Christ.

  • The ability to get along with others in community life.
  • Sound judgment and common sense.
  • Good health.

Before beginning postulancy, a candidate must be at least 17 years old and have completed high school.

It is generally difficult for older women to adjust to the life of Carmel.  A candidate over 40 should show exceptional preparation in in all of the areas noted above.