come here primarily to be hermit monks. Our calling is to be like Mary
seated at our Savior's feet, attending to His words and the only thing
that is necessary. Our call is not a preparation for the priesthood
or a step to something else; it is itself the highest calling to
a life of prayer. This life of prayer is nourished by the steadfast foundations of the eremitical
life: humility, solitude, obedience and
It is important that the candidate not only have a desire for solitude,
but for communal life as well. A candidate needs good physical and
mental health to sustain our way of life, since we perform a good amount
of manual labor. He must be free of
any chronic illness, any addictive behavior or any emotional and/or psychological pathology.
who express an interest in our life are invited to visit the hermitage
for the first time for a week. If interest is expressed once again, the
candidate visits for a one to two month live-in participating fully in
the daily schedule of the hermitage. It is after this visit that if the
candidate is interested in joining the hermitage he applies to the prior
and starts his application papers. Those applying must not be younger
than 18 years of age, nor older than 40.
in our way of life may be considered on an individual basis, and men
between the ages of 40-50 may be considered as Oblates, depending on
their health and readiness to adapt to our way of life.
Our common practice
is to have the candidate take psychological testing before admittance
into the community.
Experience the daily life of a Carmelite Hermit.
Live the monastic lifestyle for a weekend to see if God is calling you
to the hidden life of prayer and praise as a Carmelite Hermit.
Fri. - Sun. p.m.
Men ages 18 to 40
Bring Bible, Rosary, Alarm Clock,
Clothes, and Sunday Mass Clothes
For more information
Mt. Carmel Hermitage
P.O. Box 337
or to email us, click
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