Living in accordance with the Carmel tradition is not just reserved for monks and nuns. However, they do so in their own, more intensive way than is usually possible for people who – as laypeople – have a family or live as a single person. In the male branch of the Carmel family, the contemplative charism is combined with apostolate works, such as spiritual direction or facilitating retreats. Some have roles as priests in the sacramental life of the Church. Others choose to be a monk and be part of the Carmel, with their own tasks. We would also like to expressly invite people who are interested in this calling.
The female branch of the Carmel is strictly contemplative. Yet they give substance to Teresa of Avila’s original ideal, and their prayers are an indispensable support to the male Carmelites.