Discalced Carmelites of the Mother of God

We are Carmelite Nuns who devote our lives to the love of Jesus Christ, to union with Him and His prayer for the world and for His Church. Here, at the Carmel of the Mother of God, we have a special call from Him and from Mary, His Mother, to pray for our own Archdiocese and also for Russia. We were founded in 1965 in answer to a summons from Our Lady of Fatima, received by our Foundress, Mother Miriam of the Trinity. Our Lady has asked for prayers for the conversion of Russia. Mother Miriam responded to that call as though addressed specifically to her, and for those who would join her in founding his Carmel.

After the fall of Communism, two of our Sisters went to Russia to found a small "Carmel" in Moscow. However, it was eventually discerned that our vocation is to pray for Russia within our Carmel here in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Our former home in Moscow has since become the nucleus of a thriving Catholic parish, under the direction of the Divine Word Fathers. St. Olga's Parish began there and now has expanded into a larger building nearby. There are already 350 parishioners who attend Catholic services there regularly.

Here in Marin County we continue our life of love for God in contemplative prayer for the entire Church, for our missionary parish in Moscow, and in a special way for our own Archdiocese in San Francisco.

-from their website


Sister Anna Marie Vanni, OCD
Carmelite Monastery of the Mother of God
530 Blackstone Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903



Professed Members: 5
Year Founded: 1965
Diocese: San Francisco, California
Federation: Carmelite Communities Associated (CCA)
Worldwide: Every continent
Qualifications: Up to 35 years old, 2 years of college or work experience, has been Roman Catholic for at least two years.
Formation: 1 year postulancy, 2 years novitiate, 3 years temporary vows
Age range/limit: 20-35
Belated vocations? Depends on the circumstances