Welcome to Wolverhampton Carmel
'God alone suffices.'
~ St. Teresa of Jesus
The Carmel of the Magnificat in Wolverhampton is a cloistered Roman Catholic community of Discalced Carmelite nuns, following the charism and lifestyle of St. Teresa of Avila, who reformed the Carmelite Order in the 16th century. Carmelite history can be traced even further back, however, to the ascetical hermits of Mount Carmel in the Holy Land more than eight centuries ago. Like them, we seek a life of total self-giving to God, through His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, taking the Blessed Virgin Mary for our Patroness, advocate and model. Discalced Carmelites consider themselves to be hermits in community as we live a balanced life of contemplation, work and community life.
Please click on any of the links from the menu on the left to discover more about our way of life and vocation to contemplative prayer in the Church.
Here at Wolverhampton Carmel we live in enclosure, wearing the traditional Carmelite habit, and take solemn vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. We participate fully in the daily liturgy of the Church, living a simple existence of prayer, silence, solitude, austerity, manual labour and joyful community life.
If you are a Catholic woman with an ardent desire to give all to Christ and His Church, in imitation of His Holy Mother Mary, God may be calling you to the contemplative, cloistered life. Indeed, He may be may calling you to Carmel. Click on Contact Us in the navigation menu for more details, get in touch or come and see if this is the life God has chosen for you.
'What we need most in order to make progress is to be silent before this great God with our appetite and with our tongue, for the language he best hears is silent love.'
~ St. John of the Cross
Mass is offered daily in our private chapel at 9:00am, except on Tuesdays, when it is celebrated at 4:30pm, followed by Vespers, the Evening Prayer of the Church.
On Sundays, we also have Benediction, preceded by Vespers at 4:30pm. (In bad weather, please check with the Monastery to confirm this, as occasionally it has to be cancelled.)