Discalced Carmelites of the Holy Cross

The Carmelite is one who has heard in the silence of her heart the unique and precious invitation of Jesus Christ to become wholly consecrated to Him in a "Covenant of Spousal love." In union with Mary, she desires to live this consecration totally and faithfully through the hidden but effective apostolate of love, prayer and sacrifice for the needs of the entire Church, but in a special way for priests. This community knows and lives that simple, joyous, family spirit which Saint Teresa wanted to be a distinctive characteristic of her Carmels.

  • Fidelity to Holy Mother Church and to the Traditional Spirit of Carmel lived by our Holy Mother St. Teresa of Jesus

  • Daily Mass with Gregorian chant, Latin and English hymns carefully chosen for the Sacred Liturgy

  • Divine Office 7 times a day in Community (Sung Vespers both in Latin and English on Sundays and Solemn  Feasts)

  • Faithful to the Life of Papal Enclosure following the 1990 Constitutions given by St. Teresa to her Nuns in 1581

  • Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Sundays and Solemn Feasts/ Days of Eucharistic Adoration

  • Conferences and Spiritual direction by well chosen priests

  • Silence, Solitude, Practice of the presence of God

  • Two hours of silent prayer daily

  • Spiritual Reading / Lectio Divina

  • Once a week Confessions

  • Daily Rosary and other Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Community fast and perpetual abstinence from meat

  • Community and Private Hermit / Retreat days


Rev. Mother Maria of Jesus O.C.D.
P.O. Box 397
Iron Mountain, MI 49801



Professed Members: 16, 4 in formation
Year Founded: 1951
Diocese: Marquette, MI
Worldwide: Every continent
Qualifications: Basic requirements include a sense of being called to the Carmelites' cloistered life of prayer, a high school education, sound mental and physical health as well as good judgment and common sense. Please note that, in order to guard carefully our life of prayer, we do not currently have the Internet though we may update later. A relative of one of the sisters retrieves initial messages for us at the "vocation@" address if you wish to contact us via email. Otherwise, you are most welcome to call or write.
Formation: 1 year Aspirancy, 1 year Postulancy, 2 years Novitiate, at least 5 years of Temporary Vows
Age range/limit: 18-35
Belated vocations? Older vocations up to 42 may be considered depending on circumstances.