We Got New Puppies!

Recently the excitement around here–besides Easter, of course!–has been getting to know and love our new future watch dog puppies! Gracie and Paolo Hats off (NOT LITERALLY) to Gracie and Paolo who have done a great job all these years, but they are ready to retire and enjoy their last years leisurely resting by the back doors of the monastery. …

Remembering Snowstorm 2021

February was unusual for us due to Snowstorm Uri. Arkansas and many other southern states have not seen the likes of this snowfall since … well, a century ago! Now that Spring is around the corner we in Arkansas can truly say, “what a winter we had this year!” Let’s recall the excitement and beauty of the week of February …

Snow Bowl 2021!

The time finally arrived when the sisters could have a re-match since the last Snow Bowl Competition back in 2015. That was the last time there was enough snow for “the games.” We didn’t actually make that blog post until 2018, the year of the Winter Olympics, which added to the excitement! But this year had its own flavor and …

Spring Bulletin and Snow Storms

What do Spring and Snow have in common? Usually, not much. But in our latest Spring Bulletin you will see happy nuns playing in snow that came to central Arkansas the week of Ash Wednesday, 2021! Our Spring Bulletin is available now on the “Happenings” page if you do not receive it by mail. Due to the snow storm last …

1st Week of Lent 2021

Please take a look at the online Retreat put together by the the Discalced Carmelite Friars of Paris and Austria, in collaboration with ICS publications. The retreat texts were written by Fr. Guillaume Dehorter ocd, (Avon convent) and a Carmelite team from the Paris province: Fr. Jean-Alexandre, ocd (Avon convent), the Carmelite nuns of Saint-Maur (Lons-le-Saunier), along with Marie-Noëlle, Raphaëlle, …

Website Work

… in progress! Dear friends,We’re sorry we have not posted updates for quite some time. We are currently in process of updating our website through a new platform/page builder to make it more user-friendly for the nuns who are not professional web developers! We are getting help from a company who hosts our domain. This can take some time and …

Advent 2020 Online Retreat

Welcome to Advent 2020! Once again we share with you the good work of our OCD friars in Austria and France who offer an Advent Carmelite Retreat online. Their saint in focus is a Discalced Carmelite nun of the time of St. Teresa’s reform, Blessed Mary of the Incarnation. Keeping up with these daily readings and reflections is a great …

Blessed Columbus Day!

Dear Friends of Carmel, Other than today being a no-post-mail-day because of Christopher Columbus, who we learned in elementary school “sailed the ocean blue in fourteen-hundred ninety-two,” there is much to be grateful for in this hero of the past. To learn more about the founder of our continent through the lens of our Catholic Christian Faith, please take time …

Clothing Day

Our postulant Lynne Purkey recently became a novice and received the habit of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and her new name in religious life: Sister Marie-Thérèse of Christ the Redeemer. It was a double honor for her to begin this new phase of formation on the greatest solemnity of our Order, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, at first vespers …

Carmelite Bulletin and Novena

Seems we’ve all had a long break, and still the Coronavirus keeps us apart physically, though not spiritually. If you haven’t received our latest Bulletin please take a look and a read! Hopefully you are having a splendid summer in the beautiful outdoors somewhere, outside your house, right? We pray you are able to enjoy your family gatherings, even with …