Founded in 1562 in Avila, Spain, by St. Teresa of Jesus (1515-1582), the Discalced Nuns of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel are a renewed form of the Carmelite Order. This Order traces its beginning to the 13th century when a number of hermits on Mount Carmel joined together to form a community under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They took as their inspiration the Prophet Elijah, who listened to God’s word and served Him zealously.
Called by God to dedicate her life entirely to Him, St. Teresa gave to the Church a new style of religious life. In her small cloistered communities she joined the contemplative life of prayer to a zealous apostolic spirit.
Today there are about 12,000 Discalced Carmelite Nuns present in some 81 countries. Joyfully united in the family of Carmel, they continue to live St. Teresa’s ideal. They live in intimate friendship with Jesus Christ, meditating day and night on the law of the Lord. They dedicate their prayer and all their energies to the salvation of souls, sustaining priests in their work of evangelization and defending the Faith. Perhaps the best example of this apostolic sense of the Carmelite Nuns’ vocation is St. Thérèse of Lisieux, who is co-Patroness of the Missions.
The Discalced Carmelite Nuns arrived in the Diocese of Hamilton in 1952. They first settled in Kitchener, and later moved to their present location in nearby St. Agatha. The Nuns of the Carmel of St. Joseph pray for the needs of the Diocese, especially for its priests and seminarians. They receive many and varied prayer requests from within the Diocese and beyond.
For more information, please visit www.thecarmel.ca.