Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Littleton, Colorado

Autonomous Monastery

Observing the Primitive Carmelite Rule and the Constitutions affirmed by the Holy See in 1990 with Papal Enclosure

The Discalced Carmelite Nuns were established in Littleton at the invitation of Archbishop Urban J. Vehr in 1947. Living cloistered as contemplatives in the heart of the Church, the Sisters profess the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. They sacrifice their lives in prayer and penance for priests, for all souls, and especially for the needs and intentions of the Denver Archdiocese.

 

"Contemplation of the divine mysteries and assiduous union with God in prayer is not only the first and foremost duty of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns, but it constitutes the very essence of their vocation and the one and only apostolate of their lives, immolated totally in contemplation—converting their whole life into prayer” (Constitutions)

Daily Schedule Includes:

-Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (Extraordinary Form every Monday)

Complete Divine Office (major Hours chanted on Sundays, Solemnities, and some Feasts)

Two, one-hour periods of mental prayer

Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, and other prayers in common

Spiritual Reading

-Time for work and two periods of recreation

The Nuns have weekly Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, and also weekly Confession.