Who are We?

The Discalced Carmelites are a Roman Catholic religious community of priests, brothers, nuns, and laity serving the Church through lives of prayer and ministry, in a fraternal setting. Our roots that go back to twelfth-century hermits on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land. The Discalced Carmelites were established by St. Teresa of Avila in 1562 and St. John of the Cross in 1568 to renew the Order’s commitment to contemplation, simplicity and community.

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Are you interested in becoming a Discalced Carmelite Friar?

Our new vocations website is a wealth of information for you! You will learn more about a friar’s vocation, a day in the life of a friar, the process of formation, and stories from Catholic men who said “yes” to the Lord.
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Our Communities

We have 6 communities of Discalced Carmelite Friars within the Washington Province.

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Holy Hill, Wisconsin

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Milwaukee, WI

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Washington, DC

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Monastery of Espousal of Mary and Joseph

Brighton, MA

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Nairobi, Kenya

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Kiserian, Kenya

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Carmelite Nuns

Did you know that we also have over 30 cloistered Discalced Carmelite communities of nuns within our province?

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