Discalced Carmelites of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Ada, Michigan (Relocated from Grand Rapids in 1991), was founded in 1916 from Queretaro, Mexico when the 16 Carmelite Nuns from that Carmel fled to the United States during the persecution of the Church, and the bishop of Grand Rapids, Michigan invited them to come to his diocese.

The vocation of the Discalced Carmelite Nun is that of a life of prayer and penance, a life of intimacy with God, and an offering of herself for the good of souls and the Church, especially for priests. The prayer of a cloistered Carmelite embraces the world and every soul in it.


Mother Prioress
4300 Mount Carmel Dr NE
Ada, MI 49301



Professed Members: 7 Professed, 2 Novices
Year Founded: 1916
Diocese: Grand Rapids, MI
Federation: Washington Province
Worldwide: Every continent
Qualifications: Ages 18-35. High school education. Good physical and mental health. Desire to belong wholly to Jesus in the hidden life of the cloister and to serve the Church by a life of prayer and sacrifice.
Formation: 1 year postulancy, 2 year novitiate, 3-5 years of simple vows before Solemn Vows
Age range/limit: 18-35
Belated vocations? No