LIVING AS A COMMUNITY
Living together in community is one of the most beautiful aspects of religious life. In Carmel D.C.J., our sisters live in convents that are attached to our Homes... our places of apostolic service.
Our day always begins with prayer. We rise early and assemble in our chapels to give God our first glory and praise in the morning hours. The Divine Office: morning prayer, office of readings, daytime, evening, and night prayer are all prayed in common. Our periods of meditation (generally one hour each day), spiritual reading (one-half hour daily), and of course, the celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy are times of spiritual togetherness for all our sisters.
In our activity we also find Jesus waiting for us. In the elderly, children, and babies that reside in our Homes, we are privileged to minister to His most needy ones. But always, after the hours of service are complete, we return once again to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to find refreshment and restoration in prayer and silence.
Our Sisters also have daily recreational periods with games, outdoor activity, sewing, craft work, and so many other individual diversions that keep us closely united during this special time of fun and sharing. Recreation is meant to be just that: a time of "re-creating" our mind and body with wholesome community activities.
And so, our community life is truly a balance of work and prayer - but always emphasizing the richness of just being together. We share our joys and our sorrows... always keeping in mind that we are "family," a Carmelite family!
The following will give you some idea of what our daily life is all about:
- 5:30 am Morning prayer followed by meditation
- 6:30 am Breakfast
- 8:00 am Eucharistic celebration
- 8:30 am Spiritual Reading
- 11:00 am Office of Readings and Daytime prayer
- 11:30 am Lunch
- 2:00 pm Holy Hour (Evening Prayer and Rosary)
- 7:00 pm Recreation
- 8:00 pm Night prayer
The hours in between and evening hours are spent in our respective areas of apostolic service. Come and spend some time in one of our Homes and learn for yourself what we ARE and what we DO!