Discalced Carmelites of St. Therese of Lisieux


The intention of St. Teresa of Avila, the Carmelite's foundress, was that the sisters' lives should be entirely directed toward prayer and contemplation, that all observe the evangelical counsels, in a small sisterly community founded on solitude, prayer and strict poverty. The call to Carmel is a call to serve the Church through prayer and sacrifice. The sisters' charism is guided by St. Teresa 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. Carmel's motto is "With zeal, I have been zealous for the Lord God of Hosts."


Mother John of the Cross O.C.D.
PO Box 57
2101 Manor Drive
Loretto, PA 15940



Professed Members: 9; 1 Postulant
Year Founded: 1927
Diocese: Altoona-Johnstown, PA
Federation: St. Joseph Association
Worldwide: Every continent
Qualifications: Strong desire to live for God and to pray and sacrifice oneself for His Body the Church; good physical and mental health.
Formation: There is a live-in period to help the candidate become better acquainted with cloistered life; postulancy of one year; novitiate formation for two years; and temporary profession lasting about three years or more.
Age range/limit: 20-35
Belated vocations? Yes: Possible for extern vocation, age 21-40.