Discalced Carmelites Nuns of Rochester

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.


Is God calling you to Carmel?

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It is through this Lord of ours that all blessings come. He will show us the way.
— Our Holy Mother, St. Teresa of Jesus


Vocation Day at our Carmel

A Mission of Prayer

In Carmel, our specific apostolate is prayer.

Daily, we carry in our hearts and lift up in our prayers, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, as well as all the needs of Holy Mother Church, bishops, priests and seminarians. We also pray for the needs of all men and women, the conversion of sinners and the salvation of souls. “Women’s contemplative life has always represented in the Church, … its praying heart.” (Vultum Dei quaerere, 5)

I am a daughter of the Church.
— Our Holy Mother, St. Teresa of Jesus

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for July 2019

The Integrity of Justice
That those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.


We lovingly offer
our prayers for you.

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