Discalced Carmelites of Cristo Rey

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We are a cloistered community observing Papal Enclosure, called to an apostolate of prayer, sacrifice, and penance for all humanity, the intentions of Holy Church, and especially for priests. Guided by the teachings of Saints Teresa of Jesus (Avila) and John of the Cross, we seek Divine intimacy and live a hidden life of solitude and silence. We wear a full, traditional habit.

We remain bilingual (English/Spanish) in grateful recognition of our Spanish Teresian heritage, but also toward our community’s Foundresses who fled the religious persecution of the Mexican Cristero War (1927) and who founded our new home in San Francisco (1928).

Daily life includes: Holy Mass (Both Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms), full Liturgy of the Hours, communal Rosary, and Spiritual Reading. Recreation is taken together as a community. There are also days of Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction on Sundays.


Vocation Director
721 Parker Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118



Professed Members: 14
Year Founded: 1928
Diocese: San Francisco
Worldwide: Every continent
Qualifications: Sound mental and physical health; United States Citizenship, conversational English OR Spanish and a commitment to become bilingual.
Formation: Formation consists of Postulancy (6 months to 1-1/2 years), novitiate including Temporary Profession (up to 9 years) and then Solemn Profession for life.
Age range/limit: 20-40
Belated vocations? Yes: Age exceptions are rare and considered on an individual basis.