The IRL welcomes the Carmel of the Holy Family and Saint Therese of Georgetown, California, as a new Affiliate Community. There are 12 sisters in the Carmel with one in temporary vows and 2 novices. They joined the Diocese of Sacramento in 1935.
They live the traditional Carmelite life of prayer and penance seeking union with Christ in order to participate in His salvific mission
A second Carmel is also part of the IRL family as a our last Board Meeting: the Carmel of the Assumption in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. They were established in 1961 and have 13 solemnly professed nuns. The land for the monastery was purchased because of its proximity to the Benedictine Archabbey of St. Vincent. The monks have served as chaplains, confessors and spiritual directors to the community from the very beginning.
The Carmel of the Assumption is self-supporting. The community supplies altar breads to the parishes of the diocese, and supplement their income by rosary making, icon plaques and bee keeping.