About Us

sisters of carmel

May God reward you for your generosity

We are cloistered, contemplative Carmelite nuns. Our Carmelite life of prayer and sacrifice for God and neighbor depends on the charity of others. In addition to donations that can be made directly to the monastery below, benefactors can also assist us by making the payments listed for items designed, handcrafted and selected by our sisters. Please also help us by telling your friends about our website. Thank you for your support of our Carmel. May God reward you for your generosity.

A certain freedom of soul is felt upon walking through the courtyard gate of the Carmelite monastery. Peace reigns here. When you pass through the doors of the monastery, you enter a world apart. The noise and values of the world have no place here. Here, as Carmelite nuns, we live our lives of poverty and silence, of prayer, penance and sacrifice for the world, hoping that the austerity of our lives would be acceptable reparation for the losses and sufferings of the Church and the ills of the world at large. The scope of our concern, then, is the whole world. The main “work” of the Carmelite is prayer. Our day begins early; we rise at 4:30 a.m. for the recitation of the Divine Office, followed by mental prayer and Holy Mass. A thinly veiled grille separates our choir, or monastic chapel, from the altar and public chapel. Here the priest celebrates Mass and administers Holy Communion to us through a small door in the grillework.

Our day ends at 10:30 p.m. Eight hours of the day are spent in prayer and two hours in recreation, and about five hours are given to manual work, reading and study. Except for the time of recreation, we strive to keep strict silence and recollection so as to make our lives of prayer continuous. During recreation, the Sisters may converse, and it is a joyful time, but our hands are always busy on the many and various works by which we support the community. We depend, also, on the generosity of friends and charitable alms of the faithful.

Meals are simple but nutritious, consisting of such foods as bread, cheese, eggs, fish, vegetables and fruit. We observe the fast and abstinence directed by Our Holy Mother St. Teresa in the Carmelite Rule and Constitutions. During meals, a Sister provides food for the soul by reading from Holy Scripture or some other spiritual work.

The day is long and hard and busy for the Carmelite nun. From the time she rises in the morning to chant the praises of God until she retires to her austere little cell at night, she is striving to make herself more pleasing to God, and so, more valuable to others. Though she spends those many hours before the Blessed Sacrament, her prayers do not end in the chapel. She prays alone in her cell; she prays as she cheerfully goes about her assigned tasks; she endeavors to make her every action a prayer. And gradually she herself becomes a living prayer.

The Carmelite nuns withdraw completely from the world and dedicate themselves entirely to a life of prayer and penance. But their sacrifices and their prayers reach out to the world they have left behind. They have not fled the world because they did not enjoy the life they had there. They love the world – they love life – and they have found it in all its richness and beauty...by giving themselves to God.

  • Carmelite Monastery of the Sacred Hearts
  • 854o Kenosha Drive
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • 80908

Testimonials

“I just wanted to thank you for the excellent customer service provided by your online shop and the very fine quality of scapular (the best I've seen) and Miraculous medal. I admire the wonderful work you are doing towards the restoration of Holy Church and Her glorious traditions.”

– D.M., Northern Ireland

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– Andrew, Colorado, USA

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– Antonia, New York, USA

“Excellence is the Sisters trademark! As always, a smooth easy means of purchase, coupled with prompt shipping . The Items I have purchased over the years are always of superb quality and workmanship. I could not be more pleased.”

- Francis T Walsh

“I have now purchased at least a dozen brown scapulars from the Sisters of Carmel and have always received items of the utmost quality that wear very well. Adding to my satisfaction is that the Sisters charge a standard USPS shipping rate for the items, i.e., they do not add to one’s cost by charging inflated “shipping and handling” charges. Furthermore, my order was shipped one business day after I placed my order. We are all called by God to serve within the confines of His graces to us. The Sisters of Carmel are models of that calling.”

- Ed Shimkus

“I have received my orders from you and again want to thank you for them. The Blessed Sacrament and Seven Dolors chaplets are beautiful and will be treasured by me for many years. As others have said, the pictures on the web site don’t do them justice. I also want to thank you for the books you carry. They are clearly selected with the goal of deepening faith. It is wonderful to find a place where I can go and know that I will receive quality, not only of merchandise, but of faith. Again, thank you for the work you do.”

– Mary, Minnesota, USA

“I just received my scapular and crucifix along with the Miraculous Medals. I am so very pleased with the quality of the items! Truly the BEST on-line selection of sacramentals. Thanks so much! I will be ordering from you again soon.”

– David, Ohio, USA

“Your website is like an oasis of good spiritual things! You do such magnificent work, the chaplets are amazing! The badges are like having good friends near, and your books are so nourishing to the soul. I feel so blessed to have found you. Thank you again, and you are in my prayers.”

– Laura, California, USA

“Unbelievable service – I received my order on Monday, exactly five days after placing it. Your customer service is outstanding. Everything was securely packaged and arrived in perfect condition. The ceramic ornaments are lovely, and I can’t wait to add them to my Christmas tree this year. The exquisite suncatcher will be placed in my kitchen window where it will be appreciated every day. And as for the ‘In Paradisum’ CD, all I can say is it’s on continuous loop right now. I love early sacred choral music and have a collection of CD’s, but this one is stunningly beautiful and has become my new favorite.”

– Linda, North Carolina, USA

“I wanted to let you know that I received the Rosary that you created for us just a short while ago. Sisters, it has to be without exception the most beautiful Rosary I have ever held. It is exactly how I envisioned it and the size is perfect. You were also right about the beads; the color is exceptional! Thank you, thank you, thank you each and every Sister for doing such a perfect job and for putting up with us throughout this whole process. While rersearching this project, every time I looked elsewhere, I always seemed to be guided back to the Sisters of Carmel, and now I know why...PERFECTION!

– A Catholic Church, New York, USA

“I just wanted to thank you for the exceptional care you took in packing/shipping the books and other items in my order.... It’s the little extra touches like this that go a long way with the customer and lets them know how much you value their business.”

– R.C., New York, USA

“I received my sterling silver Pardon Crucifix yesterday. It was such a pleasure to receive it. Everything was packaged and presented with such care and finesse. The crucifix was crafted with such intricate and beautiful details that it does not do justice to look at it through the Internet. One has to order it to relish what a beautiful piece of art it is. Again, the manner you package the crucifix, the enclosures contained within, and the quality of craftmanship itself has totally exceeded my expectations.”

– K.W.C.

“I recently purchased a cord rosary from the Sisters of Carmel. I have to say the quality and craftsmanship was far beyond my expectations. I was so impressed I ordered two more rosaries as gifts. God bless the Sisters of Carmel and God bless your ministry! Your rosaries, in my opinion, are of the finest quality anywhere.”

- Chris

“When I asked my priest to bless my new scapular, it took his breath away by its handmade beauty. I told him it had been made with loving hands by the Sisters of Carmel. I felt the Holy Spirit say to give it to him. I did. He was overwhelmed. I ordered another one for myself and it arrived today. I love it. It is so beautiful. I will kiss it every day. I am eager to have it blessed tomorrow and wear it immediately. Thank you.”

– Anonymous

“I love to order any item from your site. Always such high quality and a joy for all that I give them to. Your care and blessings are felt from the Holy Spirit to us. Thank you and God bless you.”

- Julia

“Once again the best. I appreciate you quickly sending me the scapular. I could have gone locally to purchase one, but I truly appreciate your craftsmanship and customer service.”

- Linda

“This is the most beautiful rosary I have ever seen crafted. Combining high quality materials, skillful labor, and loving prayer, the Carmelite Sisters are hands down the best choice to go with when shopping for rosaries. Reasonably priced, quick delivery, and wonderful customer service, I will DEFINITELY be ordering all of my future rosary purchases from ”