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:
Before beginning postulancy, a candidate must be at least 17 years old and have completed high school. Ordinarily we also expect a year or two of college or work experience after high school graduation.
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.
"In the evening of life, we will be judged on love."
~ Saint John of the Cross ~
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