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 …

Holy Saturday 2020

Today is a strange day. We don’t know how we should pray today. In our Carmel and in other religious houses when we go to pray in the choir (the nuns’ private chapel) we are immediately reminded that today is different than any other day of the year because the tabernacle is empty. There is no sacramental Presence of Jesus …

Good Friday 2020

Many of you will be viewing your parish churches’ live-stream services for Good Friday. You may also want to watch the movie “The Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson today. It seems each time I view it something different speaks to my heart that I didn’t pick up before. I Will Draw All People to Myself This time it …

Holy Thursday 2020

Dear Friends, “Now is the time for the Son of Man to be glorified (Jn. 12:23),” says our Lord a few days before His Passion. What a mysterious statement. So much is going on in the life of Christ even before the Crucifixion, the “Day of our Salvation.” Jesus will speak at length to his closest friends tonight at the …