About Concord Carmel
Welcome to the Website of the Discalced Carmelite Sisters of the Monastery of Our Lady and St. Joseph, informally known as Concord Carmel. We are contemplative religious women called to live in the Presence of God and to pray for the needs of the Church and the world. In order to carry out this mission, we need to be formed as women of prayer who walk in friendship with Jesus Christ and share his love for each and every human being. It is Jesus who leads us from loneliness to community, from fear to love, from despair to hope. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus opened this journey to everyone, that all may have life and have it to the full. As his disciples we begin by learning to love, serve, and pray for one another, both the sisters of our community and those who come to us. We also unite ourselves in prayer with people and nations far from us. We pray especially that all people may find friendship with Jesus and enter the journey to union with God.
The roots of our Carmelite life go back to the early 13th century, when a group of hermits who lived on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land asked Albert, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, to give them a rule for their way of life. We also take our origin from St. Teresa of Avila, who with St. John of the Cross reformed the Carmelite Order during the 16th century, founding many new communities in the process.
Her intention was to return the Order of Carmel to the spirit of Albert’s Rule. She actually went far beyond this aim, for she gave the whole church a deeper understanding of the meaning of a life of prayer. You can read some of her wisdom and the wisdom of other Carmelite saints in these web pages as well as a more complete history of our Order.
If you find yourself drawn to join our way of life, you will also find a vocation page which describes ways of doing this as well as the process. Whatever your level of interest in us, we are glad you are here.
I will lead them
to my holy mountain and make
them joyful in my house of prayer.