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Discalced Carmelite Friars Washington Province

About Us

“Faithfully following the Rule, our Holy Mother St. Teresa presents prayer as the raison d’etre of our life as Carmelites, the source and focal point of all the components of our charism. That is why the Church looks upon us as a family totally committed to prayer, a family that strives to live in depth the mystery of Christian prayer and be, as it were, its living witness.” (Constitutions #53)

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The Discalced Carmelite Friars, inspired by St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, dedicate their lives to contemplative prayer, community, and apostolic work. Their mission focuses on deepening the spiritual life through prayer and fostering spiritual growth in others.

Ministry Work

The friars engage in spiritual direction, retreats, and parish ministry. They provide spiritual formation, lead retreats, and offer guidance through various programs aimed at fostering a deep, contemplative relationship with God. They also publish spiritual literature and support missions worldwide.

Daily Life and Mission

Daily life for the friars is centered on communal prayer, including the Liturgy of the Hours and daily Mass, personal meditation, and apostolic work. Their mission emphasizes living a contemplative life, drawing others into a deeper relationship with God through prayer and service. The rhythm of prayer, study, and community activities fosters a balanced and enriching monastic life.

Vision and Goals

The Discalced Carmelite Friars aim to be a beacon of contemplative spirituality, offering a stable environment for spiritual growth. Through their ministries, they strive to foster spiritual development and community support, living out their mission to bring the presence of God to all they serve. Their dedication to prayer, community life, and apostolic work ensures they remain a vibrant source of inspiration.

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Discalced Carmelite Friars Washington Province





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