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Sr. Mary Michael Carmel DCJ
Vocation Contact
10341 Manchester Rd
Saint Louis, MO 63122-1520

Year Founded
Age Range
Sittard, Netherlands


Owensboro, KY San Antonio, TX St. Louis, MO


The Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus (Carmelites DCJ) were founded in 1891 in Berlin, Germany, to blend the contemplative spirit of Carmel with the active apostolate. Their charism could be summed up in three words: contemplation, reparation, and spirtual motherhood. Their life has a deeply contemplative dimension. The life of a Carmelite is one devoted to penance, reparation, silence, and, most importantly, seeking union with God in prayer. In addition to chanting the Divine Office four times a day in community, their way of life also calls them to a half hour of silent contemplative prayer before the tabernacle in both the morning and the evening, a time simply to remain in His presence and love. From this prayer flows their active works, which as Carmelites DCJ takes the form of being mothers who provide homes of love for the old and the young where they can be close to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and experience daily His love for them. All they do, whether in active works or in prayer, is done in a spirit of reparation and with a burning desire for the salvation of souls.


Good physical, mental and moral health; a responsible maturity; loyalty to Holy Mother Church.


Postulancy: one year; novitiate: two years; juniorate: five years (temporary vows renewed each year for five years).


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