Welcome to the Carmel of Rochester!
The Discalced Carmelites Nuns of Rochester, New York, as daughters of
St. Teresa of Jesus, our foundress (1515-1582), follow the traditional way of the Carmelite life. Our roots are traced to the Hermits of Mount Carmel in the Holy Land more than eight centuries ago.
At the very center of our vocation is a life of intimacy and friendship with our Lord Jesus through prayer. For this purpose we joyfully embrace a wholly contemplative life, with full enclosure, silence, solitude, united to a familial life in community. We wear the traditional Carmelite habit; participate fully in the liturgy of the Church (in English and some Latin) and work with our hands.