Discalced Carmelites Nuns of Rochester

Welcome to the Carmel of Rochester!

The Discalced Carmelites Nuns of Rochester, New York, as daughters of
St. Teresa of Jesus, our foundress (1515-1582), follow the traditional way of the Carmelite life. Our roots are traced to the Hermits of Mount Carmel in the Holy Land more than eight centuries ago.

At the very center of our vocation is a life of intimacy and friendship with our Lord Jesus through prayer. For this purpose we joyfully embrace a wholly contemplative life, with full enclosure, silence, solitude, united to a familial life in community. We wear the traditional Carmelite habit; participate fully in the liturgy of the Church (in English and some Latin) and work with our hands.

Update on Holy Mass at the Monastery


A word from Mother Therese:

Many are asking about returning to Mass at the Monastery. We would like to say, firstly, that we miss your presence with us during the daily celebration of the Eucharist. We are so gladden to see that some participation in the Holy Sacrifice is possible to you at different parishes throughout the diocese.

As yet, we are not able to have public Masses as we would want. We must continue to wait, but are hopeful that soon it will be possible again, even if it is for a small group at a time. We will keep you all informed.

Be assured however, that we have continued to hold all of you in our prayers and heart. May God bless you all and may our Holy Parents, St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross obtain abundant graces for you and your loved ones.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel… pray for us.


Our Holy Mother St. Teresa of Jesus


Is God calling you to Carmel?


Postulancy at the Monastery


Our New Aspirant!

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A Mission of Prayer

In Carmel, our specific apostolate is prayer.

Daily, we carry in our hearts and lift up in our prayers, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, as well as all the needs of Holy Mother Church, bishops, priests and seminarians. We also pray for the needs of all men and women, the conversion of sinners and the salvation of souls. “Women’s contemplative life has always represented in the Church, its praying heart.” (Vultum Dei quaerere, 5)


The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for November 2020

Artificial Intelligence
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.

I am a daughter of the Church.
— Our Holy Mother, St. Teresa of Jesus

We lovingly offer
our prayers for you.

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