“Look, my Little Queen,” said myFather, “there are holy nuns behind that big grille, always praying to God.” It certainly never occurred to me that I would be among
them before nine years were gone, that there, in this Carmel, I was to have many graces poured out on me.
— St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face


 What is necessary?

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The Carmelite vocation, as a religious vocation in the Church, is a call to live a life totally centered on Jesus and Mary, for the good of souls and the sanctification of the priesthood.

This requires that the heart of those young women who seek to enter be properly disposed for a way of life that joyfully imitates the praying Heart of Jesus: “"Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they may always see my glory which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world." (John 17:21).

Discernment will necessarily involve a period of trust and open dialogue between the young woman and the community so as to help her properly assess her vocational aspirations. It will also involve time to foster a more complete formation in our Catholic Faith, in human and spiritual development and in a life of charity and virtue.

Scroll down to see specific requirements that are considered important, although each person will be considered on an individual basis.


  • To be between the ages of 19 to 35

  • A high school education

  • Work experience or college education; Although college, graduate work or specialized training is not obligatory, such studies are advantageous.

  • To be a person of prayer and desirous to develop a strong interior life

  • Good judgement and common sense

  • Sound mental and physical health

  • Ability to participate in the Divine Office as a lifelong commitment

  • Aspirants must be mature, mentally and emotionally well-balanced, and living the full Christian life in the world before being ready to enter Carmel.