Discalced Carmelites of Our Lady of Divine Providence

The Nuns of the Carmel of Our Lady of Divine Providence are members of the Discalced Carmelite Order. They live a contemplative life. Their apostolate is prayer and sacrifice for the needs of the Church and the world. Theirs is a life of solitude, silence, and sacrifice modeled on the life of our Blessed Mother. Its purpose is to glorify God and to draw down graces for the sanctification of priests and the salvation of souls.

The Nuns make solemn vows of Obedience, Poverty, and Chastity and observe strict enclosure in order to foster their life of prayer and contemplation. They follow the Primitive rule of Carmel according to the way of life instituted by Saint Teresa of Jesus in the sixteenth century, lived also by Saint Therese of the Child Jesus in the nineteenth, and still observed today, with slight modifications which Vatican II required of the daily schedule.

-from their vocation brochure


Reverend Mother Prioress, OCD
Carmelite Monastery
8251 DeMontreville Trail N
Lake Elmo, MN 55042


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Archdiocese: St. Paul and Minneapolis
Worldwide: Every continent
Qualifications: Aspirants to the Carmel of Our Lady of Divine Providence should be between eighteen and thirty years of age, persons of prayer whose aim is detachment from all things for the love of Christ. They should have good health, sound judgment, and common sense.
Formation: After entering Carmel, a Candidate has a year's Postulancy, at the end of which she receives the Holy Habit, her religious name, and becomes a member of the Order of Discalced Carmelite Nuns. Then follows her two year's Novitiate and three years of Simple Vows before she makes her Solemn Profession and receives the black veil.
Age range/limit: 18-30
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