Carmelite Vocation

Discalced Carmelite Friars | Province of St. Therese


So I say now that all of us who wear this holy habit of Carmel are called to prayer and contemplation. This call explains our origin; we are the descendants of men who felt this call, of those holy fathers on Mount Carmel who in such great solitude…sought this treasure, this precious pearl of contemplation.

St. Teresa of Jesus

A call to follow Christ
The vocation, or call, to be a Discalced Carmelite friar is a freely given gift of God. It is a gift by which a person is called to follow Christ in a particular way, the way of Carmel.

The gift of a vocation to the Discalced Carmelite friars inspires in a person a desire to live in allegiance to Jesus Christ, to live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience. A vocation to Carmel is a call to live in community, to share in a true communion of life with one's brothers.

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