Welcome to the website of the Carmelite Monastery in Concord, New Hampshire. 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.

Help us to understand, my God, that we do not know ourselves and that we come to You with empty hands.
— St. Teresa of Avila (Way of Perfection 36.6)

These pages are also under the heading "Reflections" above.

Special Events

August 21-23, 2014.  The Creative Spiritual Genius of St. Teresa of Avila.  

2015

March 26, World prayer for Peace (prayer)

March 28, World prayer for peace; at the Monastery, 9 - 10 a.m. after the 8 a.m. mass.

April 19,  Carmelite Guild Mass.  Please contact Sister Theresa (603-225-5791) for more information.

May 2, Conference on St. Teresa,presented by Sister Hilary, ocd.  This will be at St. John's Hall, 72 South Main Street, Concord, NH.  More information to follow.

June 28 - July 2.  Carmelite Symposium.  St. Teresa of Avila's Gift to the 21st Century at the University of St. Mary's of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois.  www.Carmelstream.org.

July 13 - 16.  Triduum in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

October 15 - 17.  Triduum celebrating the 500th birthday of St. Teresa of Jesus.


La Bruna, Our Lady of Tenderness

La Bruna, Our Lady of Tenderness

Mass Schedule

until Memorial Day

  • Sunday 7:30am
  • Monday - Wednesday 8am
  • Thursday 5pm
  • Friday - Saturday 8am

Holy Week

  • Palm Sunday - 7:30 am
  • Monday - Wednesday - 8:00 am
  • Holy Thursday - 7:30 pm
  • Good Friday - 3:00 pm
  • Easter Vigil - 7:30 pm
  • Easter Sunday - 8:00 am

Archetypes of Carmel:

Prophet Elijah & Mary, our Lady of Mount Carmel

La Bruna: The Virgin of Tenderness

The first Image of the Virgin venerated by the Carmelite Order. The Virgin of Tenderness, or Eleousa in Greek, is the prototype said to have come from the hand of the Evangelist, St. Luke, who, according to tradition, was also an iconographer. Forced by the Islamic invasion of the Holy Land in the 13th century to leave their beautiful homeland, the Carmelites traveled for safety from Mt. Carmel to Europe, carrying with them the precious icon.

Prophet Elijah "With zeal I have been zealous for the Lord, God of hosts" "The Lord, the God of hosts lives, before whom I stand ..."

Prophet Elijah

"With zeal I have been zealous for the Lord, God of hosts"

"The Lord, the God of hosts lives, before whom I stand ..."

It was enshrined above the high altar of their church in Naples, and there, because of the dark skin tone of the Mother and Child, it came to be known as La Bruna.  It remained in this place of honor for over 100 years, and many miracles took place until the icon was removed to a side altar by a royal decree. In the jubilee year of 1500, pious citizens of Naples carried the icon in procession to Rome. During the pilgrimage, people were again miraculously cured. Skeptical of these miracles, “King Frederic II of Naples conceived a plan to test the power of the Heavenly Mother. He ordered that all the sick and infirm [of the city] assemble before the image with written documentation of their maladies. High Mass was celebrated and special hymns were sung, and when the miraculous picture was unveiled, a ray of light fell upon the face of the Madonna, reflecting its brilliance on the assembled sick. The instantaneous healing of each person was authenticated” Summary and quotation from ~Joan Carroll Cruz Miraculous Images of Our Lady. Rockford: TAN, 1993.