Hermits of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

of Mount Carmel  


As the Lord of hosts lives, whom I serve..."        1 Kings 18:15


 Oasis in the Desert: 


Carmelite Spirituality

Carmel has its own special place within the spiritual treasure of the Church, conserving and expressing a dual nature: the stark reality of truth in the desert, and the beauty of an enclosed garden - an oasis in the desert.   


A life wholly given to God is more useful than a life divided between God and what is not God.

(Cloister walk)

The hermit's way of serving his neighbor is to remain true to his vocation as a hermit.  His very responsibility towards his neighbor obliges him to be perfectly what he should be.

(The hermit's oratory in his cell)


Though the hermit lives in the aridity of the desert, he is nourished by the Word of God and the beauty of nature, so that he may bear abundant fruit for the good of the Church and the salvation of souls.

(A hermit takes his meal to his cell)


The Eremitical life emphasizes the transcendence of God and it is fitting that the Hermit should dedicate his whole existence to seeking Him, living in His presence and offering Him his constant homage, adoration, thanksgiving and supplication.

The Hermit lives in allegiance to Jesus Christ and in obedience to a Prior as he endeavors to a life of silence, solitude and intimacy with God. 




To remain in solitude is one of the conditions of the eremitical life.  Solitude has but one aim: to allow Christ to abide in us.  Solitude is the fortress surrounding and preventing the enemies of Christ to enter into the Hermit's soul.  Solitude delivers us, and once we possess ourselves, we can realize the true worth of all things.


The Hermits chant the Solemn Salve Regina in honor of Our Lady each Saturday.

"How beautiful you are, how charming, my love, my delight!  Your head is held high like Carmel..." (Song of Songs 7:5-6)




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