Hermitical Communities

The Hermits are a community of men called to a life of silence, solitude, prayer, and penance for the good of the Church and the salvation of the world. The hermits live in a Laura, a colony of Hermits living in separate dwellings around a central chapel, following the original Carmelite rule.
The vocation of the Carmelite Hermit is the contemplative vocation, and the foundations of his life are the Eucharist, Sacred Scripture and devotion to Our Blessed Lady under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. For the hermit the cell is the place of encounter with God.
The Carmelite Rule states “Let each one remain in his cell, or near it, meditating day and night on the law of the Lord and keeping vigil in prayer, unless occupied with other lawful duties.” The cell is also the place where the hermit sleeps and takes his meals alone, except on Sundays and special days where the hermits eat in a common refectory. The cell is composed of a study, chapel, bedroom, bathroom, and porch. Each cell is separated from the next by an enclosed garden.


Under the Prior General

Women’s Communities

Carmelites Hermits of Monteluro – Monteluro, Italy
Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Chester, NJ (USA)
Eremite Carmelitane di S. Maria degli Angeli – S. Martino alla Palma (Italy)
Carmelo di S. Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi – Florence (Italy)

Men’s Communities

Villefranche de Rouergue – General Delegation of France
Carmelite Hermits of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Christoval, TX (USA)
Carmelite Hermits of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Lake Elmo, MN (USA)

Under a Particular Province

Mt. Carmel Hermitage – Florence, PA (USA) [affiliated with the Saint Elias Province, USA]
Carmelite Hermitage – Sedaeng, East Java, Indonesia  [affiliated with the Indonesian Province]
Madonna del Granato – Capaccio, Italy [affiliated with the Neapolitan Province, Italy]


Bishop Vitalis Wilderink, O. Carm. – Lídice,  Province of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Trinity Priory International – This is a great source on links and videos and much more on the Hermitical Communities and the different orders.


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