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Corpus Christi Benediction in garden after procession

Welcome to Wolverhampton Carmel

'God alone suffices.'

~ St. Teresa of Jesus

St. Teresa of Jesus, our Holy Mother Foundress

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.

Front of the main part of the monastery in Spring
Feeding the fish in our monastery pond with the help of Sammy

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.

Mass/Exposition Times

'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

Holy Mass is offered daily in our private chapel at 9:00 am (except on rare occasions) and is open to the general public. People are also very welcome to join us for the Divine Office or personal prayer in the chapel during the day.


In particular, we (usually) have Vespers and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm on Sundays. In addition, on the First Friday of the month, there is Exposition from 2 pm until after Vespers at 5 pm. Everyone is welcome.

Top part of one of the stained glass windows in our chapel