Discalced Carmelites of Goonellabah


We are an enclosed, contemplative community of nuns in Goonellabah, New South Wales, Australia, whose lives are dedicated to prayer for the needs of the Church and the whole world.

We live according to the Rule of Carmel, which was first used by the hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land in the early thirteenth century; and our way of life was established by Saint Teresa of Jesus, at Avila, Spain, over 450 years ago.

Our Carmel of the Child Jesus of Prague and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Goonellabah, was founded on 25th April 1966 from Dulwich Hill Carmel, Sydney.

Goonellabah, meaning red flame tree, is an Aboriginal name for an attractive tree that flourishes in our area. Once farmland, Goonellabah has developed into a residential area, while retaining the beautiful scenery provided by the lovely northern mountains. The northern view from Carmel is of the Night Cap Range, part of the Great Dividing Range. Our monastery church is part of Saint Carthage's Cathedral Parish, Lismore, and parishioners come here daily for Mass.

—from their website


Mother Rita Elisabeth of the Trinity, OCD
Carmelite Monastery
591 Ballina Road
Goonellabah NSW 2480

(02) 6624 1240
+61 2 6624 1240


Professed Members: Contact for more information
Year Founded: 1966
Diocese: Lismore, Australia
Worldwide: Every continent
Qualifications: Contact for more information
Formation: 1 year Aspirancy, 1 year Postulancy, 2 years Novitiate, 5 years Temporary Vows
Age range/limit: Contact for more information
Belated vocations? Contact for more information