Philadelphia Carmelites Launch First Website

The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Philadelphia have launched a new website that is quite unique. The information included is primarily videos on their spirituality and heritage.

The order was originally founded in 1593, and in 1902, a monastery was established in Philadelphia by four Carmelites from Boston, with permission from their superior. Eight years later, the monastery was moved to the location where it stands today. Four foundations eventually evolved from this monastery.

St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross inspire the nuns to live holy lives true to their founders. The spirituality of the order is rooted in prayer, silence, and solitude, which serve to foster growth towards Christian sanctity. Enclosure is also a foundation of the order, and is viewed by the nuns as a safeguard for prayer.

Prayers and sacrifices are offered for the service of the Church and the salvation of the world. Although St. Teresa was never a missionary, she held priests and missionaries in a special place, praying for the clergy, the spread of the Gospel, those who had left the Church, and those needing spiritual assistance. The vocation of the nuns is at its heart apostolic and missionary. It is not an active ministry, but one mystically rooted in prayer.

The stories of this order, and videos, can be found at the new website. A Triduum in honor of St. Therese of Lisieux will be held September 29 – October 1, 2012,  with Vespers, Benediction and Mass.


3 thoughts on “Philadelphia Carmelites Launch First Website”

  1. Er-the Discalced Carmelite Order actually started in 1562, with the founding of the first monastery of St. Joseph’s in Avila, Spain. I think 1593 is a mistake-both St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross were already in Heaven by then. Unless you mean a foundation in Belgium; that’s the country where two of St. Teresa’s closest disciples, Venerable Anne of Jesus (Lobera) and Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew (Garcia) went to after establishing Carmels in France.

    Anyway….nice site of the Philadelphia Carmel. I watched the videos that were there.

    I used to be in the secular branch of the Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) from 1994 to 2000. At the end of our Masses on meeting days (one of the ‘founders’ of the group I was in was a diocesan priest, so we were lucky to have him at every meeting) we would sing a hymn to Our Lady of Mount Carmel that was written by the foundress of the Philly Carmel, Mother Beatrix. I knew the tune, too; ironically, it was to a song about St. Francis of Assisi that I used to sing when I was previously in the Third Order Franciscans!

    1. Barb, everything I see including the Philadelphia Carmelites website says 1593 but there always seems to be different opinions on when orders officially start, especially if they are older and venerable.

      1. Anne, that’s true. Maybe the founding Sisters were from one of the Belgian Carmels that were begun by either Venerable Anne of Jesus or Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew. Most; if not all, Catholic English girls who wanted to become nuns either went to France (prior to the 1789 Revolution) or to Belgium, because monasteries were already suppressed in England before the end of the sixteenth century.

        I know that the original Port Tobacco, Maryland Carmelites were English and American nuns who were from Belgium.

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