Holy Hill in Autumn

Monastery of Mary Help of Christians
Holy Hill, outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Holy Hill is a bustling community in Hubertus, just outside of Milwaukee. It is a destination for both locals and for people throughout the region.

For Catholics living in Hubertus and the surrounding area, Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill is where they enrich their Catholic faithFriars hear confessions, offer catechetical events, and celebrate the Mass.

In addition, people make travels to Holy Hill shrine to pray and attend events. The friars here host Days of Recollection, retreats, and big events like the “Frassati Youth Day.” In the summer, the friars host “Fire on the Hill” for over 1,000 teenagers throughout Wisconsin and the surrounding states.

Finally, the friars who live at the Holy Hill monastery support the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites. This is an active community of lay people throughout the Washington Province who are committed to Carmelite spirituality. Learn More

Founded: July 3, 1906

Discalced Carmelite Friars at Holy Hill
1525 Carmel Road
Hubertus, WI 53033-9407

(262) 628-1838 or
673-3540 (after 9 pm)
FAX: (262) 628-4294
Holy Hill Website


Monastery of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at St. Florian
Milwaukee, WI

St. Florian parish was originally a Capuchin mission of Holy Cross parish. On December 18, 1911, Archbishop Messmer officially recognized the organization of a new parish under the patronage of St. Florian, reflecting the Austrian heritage of West Milwaukee. The first Mass of the new parish was celebrated on December 25, 1911.

The Capuchins could not staff the new parish, and the small parish could not support the diocesan priest assigned to it. In an effort to preserve the community at St. Florian, lay leaders of the parish approached the Discalced Carmelite Friars at Holy Hill. Finally when all the necessary agreements and permissions were given, the Carmelites came to St. Florian on April 20th, 1913. Fr. Augustine Hamers, O.C.D. was prior of the new community, and he dedicated it to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Sacred Heart Monastery and the Washington Province

Originally, the Sacred Heart Monastery at St. Florian in West Milwaukee was the novitiate house of the future Washington Province. Today the community hosts the postulancy program of the Washington Province. The monastery also houses several provincial offices and provides staffing for mission fund raising.  

Pastoral care for the sick and elderly is a top priority for the friars. In the general area of West Milwaukee and West Allis, there are many assisting-living facilities, nursing homes, and several major hospitals.

For Catholics in West Milwaukee, friars provide a monthly morning of recollection, spiritual direction, and the pastor’s weekly column in the parish bulletin is also widely read on the Internet.

In addition, friars here engage in Secular Order ministry, ministry to Discalced Carmelite Nuns, and to the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus, and assisting from time to time in some of the ministry of Holy Hill. Members have contributed to Spiritual Life Online and to the Institute of Carmelite Studies (ICS) in Washington.

Founded: April 20th, 1913

Discalced Carmelite Friars
1233 South 45th Street
West Milwaukee, WI 53214-3693

(414) 383-3565

St. Florian Website


Monastery of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Washington, DC

This community is on a 5-acre parcel amidst the busyness of Washington, D.C.:

  • Less than a mile from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
  • Three miles from the White House and one mile from Capitol Hill.
  • Adjacent to the Catholic University of America.

In addition, this monastery serves as the headquarters for the Institute of Carmelite Studies. The primary focus of the institute is ICS Publications, where Discalced Carmelites write, print, and sell books on the history and spirituality of Carmel, sharing the riches of the Carmelite tradition with English-language audiences.

Two friars who lived in this monastery were martyred in Spain in 1936. On October 28, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI beatified the martyrs :

  • Blessed Fr. Eduardo of the Child Jesus (Ferré), O.C.D.
  • Blessed Fr. Lucas of St. Joseph (Tristany), O.C.D.

Founded: October 15, 1916

Discalced Carmelite Friars
2131 Lincoln Road NE
Washington DC 20002-1101
FAX: 202-832-5711

ICS Publications


Monastery of the Espousals of Mary and Joseph
Brighton, MA

Our community in Brighton is adjacent to Boston College. This monastery serves as the headquarters for the Secular Order of the Discalced Carmelites (OCDS). Brighton is also our provincial tailor shop, where Br. Augustine makes habits for all of our friars.

Founded: Brookline, MA, November 6, 1942

Transferred: Brighton, MA, October 26, 1989

Discalced Carmelite Friars
166 Foster Street
Brighton, MA 02135-3902
(617) 787-5056

Brighton Website

Discalced Carmelite Community in Nairobi, Kenya

Monastery of St. John of the Cross
Nairobi, Kenya

The Discalced Carmelite community in Nairobi is a treasure. This community does all levels formation here as young men discern and enter our Order.

The large retreat house hosts groups throughout the year for Catholics in the region. Also at this monastery, we have a massive library on Carmelite history and spirituality that is used by the people throughout Africa.

In many ways, our Discalced Carmelite friars in Nairobi continue the monastic traditions.  There is farming, caring for livestock, and hermitages on the far edges of the monastery.

Transferred: June 1, 1995 to jurisdiction of Washington Province

Carmelite Community
Langata South Road
PO Box 24109
Karen 00502, Kenya, Africa

Tel: 011 254 20 89-04-87 / 89-04-89 (Note the chanqe 020)
FAX: 011 254 20 89-04-90



Carmelite Monastery, Kiserian, Kenya

The focus of the friars at this monastery is their work with and for the retreat center attached to it.Spiritual retreats are offered to individuals and groups on themes of Carmelite Spirituality and growth in the spiritual life.  It is also the residence of the provincial-delegate for the region, Fr. Nicholas Olonde Adongo O.C.D.

Carmel Retreat Center

P.O. Box 975, 00206
Kiserian, Kenya,

Phone 254719467641.

Email carmelretreat.centre@yahoo.com

Fr. Larry Daniels OCD, Local Superior