Copyright © 2014-2015 Carmelite Nuns of Barrington, RI
“I wanted to be a religious since the dawn of my reason, and I wanted Carmel as soon as I knew about it. I find all the aspirations of my soul are fulfilled in this Order." - St. Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul
Our Way of Life
Our life in this Barrington Carmelite Monastery has its roots in the Discalced Carmelite Order, a world-wide religious institute of men and women, who embrace the charism and spirit of St Teresa of Jesus from Avila, Spain. In 1562 St Teresa began founding monasteries in Spain after careful discernment of what she felt called to do by Jesus. Teresa’s monasteries are to create a sacred space for women and men who desire a life of contemplative prayer with the mission to pray for the church and world. It is a radical response to living the gospel by freely embracing a life of simplicity, charity, and humility that opens us to the possibility of the loving transforming action of God’s Spirit deep within our souls.
In a world filled with chaos and fear and hopelessness, we believe that prayer and contemplation bring an energy into the realm where divinity and humanity meet, and the mystery of the Sacred, of the saving action of Jesus, changes chaos into order, fear into harmony, and lack of hope to confidence and understanding among all peoples. Therefore, we choose to consecrate our entire lives to God and to live according to the Rule and Constitutions of the Discalced Carmelite Order.
Our daily schedule is meant to balance essential aspects of the Carmelite contemplative life. We are responsible as individuals and as a community to live the paradox of opposites that ultimately create a harmonious whole. Each day we make time: for two hours of personal prayer, to pray the Divine Office of the Church together four times a day, for spiritual reading and study as well as for work and rest, and to share a common meal at night followed by time for community recreation. All these elements are contained in an atmosphere of solitude, silence and community that inspires and supports the one desire to seek God, to become intimate friends with Christ, and to follow the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We have a small gift shop where we sell icons, cards, books, and tapes on Carmelite and Christian spirituality, olive wood items from the Holy Land, ad other religious articles. We have guest quarters available for silent retreats. Retreatants may join us for Eucharist and the Divine Office. We print enrollments for prayer requests.