Carmelites mark St. Teresa of Avila’s birth

The Record Newspaper

Carmelite Sisters who are cloistered on Newburg Road sang vespers on March 30 in their enclosed chapel, which is separated from the main sanctuary of their chapel by metal bars. The prioress gave permission for this rare photo. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister) Carmelite Sisters who are cloistered on Newburg Road sang vespers on March 30 in their enclosed chapel, which is separated from the main sanctuary of their chapel by metal bars. The prioress gave permission for this rare photo. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister)

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor

Nestled beside St. Agnes Church and School, the Carmelite Monastery at 1740 Newburg Road blends into the brick facades that line this busy stretch of road. Carpooling families and Highlands dwellers zip by at all hours rushing from one commitment to the next.

In contrast, behind the pale orange bricks, eight women religious — members of the Order of Discalced Carmelites — have only one commitment. They live a quiet, intense life of prayer in the tradition of St. Teresa of Avila, the 16th century Spanish mystic and Doctor of the Church.

On March 28, the nuns celebrated the 500th birthday of…

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