Discalced Carmelites of Danvers


Prayer, silence, and contemplation make up our community life. We attend morning Mass, pray the divine office six times a day, and spend two hours in mental prayer. We also do the manual labor of the house. We are a cloistered community in which we live our lives for God and for His Church. The call to Carmel is a call to serve the Church through prayer and sacrifice. Our charism is guided by our foundress, St. Teresa of Avila, and by St. John of the Cross. The essence of the Carmelite contemplative life is: living in the presence of God, in imitation of their most pure Mother Mary and the prophet Elijah, our spiritual founder who lived 900 years before Christ.


Sr. Bernadette of the Immaculate Conception, O.C.D.
Vocation Directress
15 Mount Carmel Rd
Danvers, MA 01923



Professed Members: 11
Year Founded: 1958
Diocese: Boston, MA
Worldwide: Every continent
Qualifications: Candidates must have at least a high school education and some work experience. All candidates must be free to enter a religious community.
Formation: Formation is six years, and is conducted at the monastery. One year as a postulant, two as a novice, and three in temporary vows before solemn profession.
Age range/limit: 18+
Belated vocations? Yes, each candidate is considered individually.