• Sunday, March 25, 2012

    Carmelite Nuns, Monastery of Cristo Rey

    Carmelite Nuns, Monastery of Cristo Rey  - IRL - primary source of information until their new website is finished
    Carmelite Nuns, Monastery of Cristo Rey - their website is under construction

    Founded originally in Mexico circa 1927; Cloistered with papal enclosure
    Relocated in California due to persecution, and are bilingual (Spanish/English) in consequence

    These nuns serve God exclusively through prayer, sacrifice, and penance. In a hidden way, living in the presence of God is the center of their life. They pray for all, blending silence, solitude, and joyful community.

    5 am Rise
    5.30 am Silent prayer
    6.30 am Lauds (Great Silence ends)
    7 am Mass, Terce
    8.10 am Breakfast (bread and coffee) and then manual work
    11.15 am Sext, None, Examen of Conscience
    11.45 am Dinner (main meal in silence---they fast from Sept to Easter)
    12.30 pm Angelus and Recreation
    1.30 pm Quiet time

    2.30 pm Spiritual reading
    3.15 pm Manual work
    4.50 pm Vespers and Commemorations of Carmelite Saints
    5.20 pm Silent Prayer
    6.20 pm Angelus, Rosary, Supper (smaller meal)
    7.30 pm Hour of Recreation
    8.30 pm Examen of Conscience and Compline, Hymn in honor of Mary and beginning of Great Silence
    9.30 pm Matins
    10.15 pm Retire

    Spirituality:  Carmelite; St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila); St. John of the Cross; Blessed Mother

    Location:  California (San Francisco)

    Devotions: Divine Office, Gregorian chant; Eucharistic Adoration; Benediction service; Rosary, communal; Novenas; Traditional Habit; Mass both Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms, and should the Ordinary Form be in the vernacular, it might be in either English or Spanish, and the hymns may be a mixture also (the bilingual comments are my guess); Grand Silence; Angelus; Spiritual reading; Examen of Conscience

    Apostolates:  Prayer (primary); prayer for priests; prayer for the Church; sacrifice and penance

    Ages upon entrance: 18-37; Externs of the same age

    Belated vocations?  Yes

    # of professed nuns: 20

    Vocation Director
    721 Parker Avenue
    San Francisco, California

    Email:  Vocations

    Secular Carmelites

    Picture credit:  "Churches Worth Driving To", from California Catholic Daily

    The Horarium was published in PhatMass - I don't know if it is entirely correct, but it sounds fairly typical of such an Order.  Will make corrections and additions when their site is up.

    Posted on new website, Traditional Religious Orders
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