Carmelite Vocation Office PO Box 3079, 68 Carmelite Drive, Middletown, New York 10940, Tel (845)-344-2225, Text (845) 596-8845
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Hello and blessings from the Carmelite Vocation office. I hope and pray that you are able to find some guidance in your quest to discern God's will in your life. We have worked with many young men who are interested in knowing more about religious vowed life. Our particular Province is celebrating 125 years of service in the United States, and we continue to receive young men who are interested in our Carmelite way. We are a mendicant group in the Church, meaning that we are not tied to a Diocese or a part of a monastery. We are priests and brothers, and after several years of discerning, take the public vows in the Church of obedience, poverty, and chastity to live in allegiance to Christ and his Church.

Our way of life began over 800 years ago as we began to follow the Rule of Saint Albert. We live and pray together and find some meaningful work as a way to serve the Church. In these often confusing times, we support one another in the spiritual life as we pray, recreate, and share our life within the context of a brotherhood. This enables each brother to seek God, mostly in silence and service, and to pursue a deeper relationship to God. It is a true spiritual journey. One of our great Saints, John of the Cross, uses images of climbing a mountain to reach Christ our Lord. The mountain is rigorous, containing false peaks, harsh wind, and at times very arid. One must push forth and surrender, unmasking false gods and images along the way.

Training into religious life is a long process. It involves philosophy, theology, and a developing knowledge of Scripture. We all learn how to pray using many styles and techniques to share with people who seek a deeper relationship with Christ. We learn liturgy, and celebrate our Feast Days with enthusiasm.

We want to welcome you and let you know we are interested in your vocation. We have several houses in and around New York City, as well as Boca Raton, Florida. We want to introduce you to our community in hopes that God may be answering our prayer for vocations. Give us a call, email or text. Visit to experience the Carmelite Way and join us in prayer. Ask questions. God may be calling you to become a Carmelite. We are here to help and welcome the opportunity to speak with you.

Br. Robert E. Bathe, O. Carm.,
Vocation Director

Ave Maria!