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.

Consider that you a losing a great treasure and that you do much more by saying one word of the Our Father from time to time than by rushing through the entire prayer many times.
— St. Teresa, Way of Perfection (31.13)

Special Events

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

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

Sunday April 19

Mass 3:00 p.m. Carmelite Guild, All invited

Sunday May 3rd

Sunday Mass at 5:00 pm Saturday.  Schedule may change for other masses, please check for updates.

Please check again in case of change.

Archetypes of Carmel:

Prophet Elijah & Mary, our Lady of Mount Carmel

La Bruna: The Virgin of Tenderness

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 ..."

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.

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.