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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Community Spotlight: Notting Hill Carmelites

This is a very personal one for me because a friend of mine entered this community at the beginning of the year. It was one of those bittersweet times, I was so happy for her yet sad that she was not going to be a part of my life in the same way any more. But her accounts of the community have assured me that it is a wonderful and beautiful place to be called to.
God Bless

Order: Carmelite
Gender: Women
Charism/Apostolate: Cloistered/contemplative
Eligibility: No age limits
Formation: Six to eighteen month postulancy, two year novitiate, three years profession, solemn vows
Vows: Poverty, chastity, obedience
Practices: Divine Office, Marian spirituality
History: The community was founded in 1878 as an offshoot from a French Carmel in Paris. After a difficult start in poverty and obscurity, the beginning of the twentieth century saw the community experience a surge in vocations as women from all walks of life joined their contemplative life.

Crafty Nun Shop - they have some fantastic items for sale here, including the namesake Crafty Nuns which are just adorable as well as rosaries, brown scapular and other miscellaneous handicrafts.
Never Lose Hope - In 2009 one of the sisters of the community was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and sadly passed away five months later. The DVD is a tribute to her life and her faith. There is no set charge for the DVD and proceeds are donated to pancreatic cancer research.

I visited this community one afternoon and spent some time speaking with their Prioress. She was kind enough to give me a copy of "The Still Small Voice" which I am happy to pass on to anyone who might be interested. Either comment or email

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