Each Christian is called through Baptism to union with God in Christ. The call to Carmel is a specific way of living that baptismal faith. Carmel invites us to a journey of becoming our best self, our true self, transforming us through a life of prayer, community and service. This is what contemplation is all about.

Requirements for a woman considering this life:

Formation Journey

Candidate—become acquainted with the community through correspondence and an initial visit.

Live-in Experience—she then spends time, usually one month, living with the community and sharing our life.

Postulant—has entered the monastery and begins to learn more about our life through experience and study.

Novice—receives the Carmelite habit and begins an intense two year preparation for temporary vows.

Temporary Professed—has made vows of obedience, chastity and poverty for a period of three years as she prepares for permanent commitment.

Solemn Professed—has pronounced final vows until death.

Formation does not end with solemn profession, but is ongoing, as the sister deepens her relationship to God in Christ, through the inspiration and example of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Carmel, who pondered God's word in her heart, and the great prophet Elijah whose prayer and zeal drew the first hermits to Mount Carmel.

If you are interested in our way of life or want further information please contact our Vocation Director: Sister Lucia LaMontagne 715-386-2156 email: carmelofthesacredheart@gmail.com

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