Discernment Top

"What does it profit to give God one

thing if he asks of you another?

Consider what it is God wants,

and then do it."

- St. John of the Cross, OCD

Qualifications for entry

  • A Catholic who is fully initiated into the Church
  • Between the ages of 19 and 35, respectably
  • A firm desire for union with God by prayer and service to the Church
  • Good psychological and physical health
  • Lived chastely for at least 3 years
  • Free of dependents and financial debt
  • At least 2 years of college or work experience
  • Some experience in parish ministry, pastoral work or community service
  • U.S. Citizen or legal resident (Green Card)

Discernment tips

  • Frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Participate in daily Mass
  • Pray daily, in particular the Rosary
  • Seek good quality assistance in spiritual direction
  • Read the spiritual writings of the Carmelite saints

  • Who are the Carmelites?
  • Vocation
  • Interior Life
  • Community Life
  • Service Ministry
  • Fr. Stephen's Vocation Story
  • The novitiate at Mount St. Joseph Monastery
  • Bishop Barron at the Tomb of St. John of the Cross
  • St. John of the Cross
  • Visitation of St. Teresa Staff to the US
  • Carmelite Kaleidoscope
  • Fishers of Men
  • Vocation Brother Matthias Jan 2015