Carmelite Monastery

Carmel of the Holy Spirit, in Littleton Colorado

“The contemplative nun fulfills to the highest degree the First Commandment of the Lord: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, with all your mind,’ making it the full meaning of her life.  She moves toward the perfection of charity, choosing God as ‘the one thing necessary,’ loving Him exclusively as All in all.  This is so that He alone may dwell in the utter silence of the cloister, filling it with His word and presence, and the Bride may truly dedicate herself to the Only one, in the mystery of a total and exclusive love.”  (Verbi Sponsa)

“Carmel presents itself with all the attractions needed to fill my soul…”St. Teresa of the Andes

The Discalced Carmelite Nuns were established in Littleton at the invitation of Archbishop Urban J. Vehr in 1947.  Living cloistered as contemplatives in the heart of the Church, the Sisters profess the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.  They sacrifice their lives in prayer and penance for priests, for all souls, and especially for the needs and intentions of the Denver Archdiocese.

Monastic Life

The Litton Carmel Observes the original Constitutions of the Discalced Nuns of the Order of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel as written by St Teresa of Avila and renewed by the Holy See in 1990 with the most minor and necessary adaptations possible.  The nuns wear the complete traditional religious habit as given by St. Teresa in her Constitutions.

“The ancient spiritual tradition of the Church, taken up by the Second Vatican Council, explicitly connects the contemplative life to the prayer of Jesus “on the mountain,” or solitary place.  The Holy Spirit, Who led Jesus into the desert, invites the nun to share the solitude of Christ Jesus, Who, with the eternal Spirit, offered Himself to the Father.  The solitary cell, the closed cloister, is the place where the nun, Bride of the Incarnate Word, lives wholly concentrated with Christ in God.  The cloister becomes the fulfillment of His eternal desire to welcome the creature into the mystery of intimacy with the Word.  To the gift of Christ the Bridegroom, Who on the cross offered His body unreservedly, the nun responds in like terms, offering herself with Jesus Christ to the Father and cooperating with Him in the work of Redemption.” (Verbi Sponsa)

Discerning a Carmelite Vocation?

Qualifications for Application:

Must be a person with a love for prayer and strong desires to serve God, with a willingness to sacrifice oneself completely for God and for souls through a spirit of submission to authority.  A person with steadfast adherence to all the doctrine and dogma of the Catholic Church and the teachings of the Magisterium and sufficient knowledge of the Faith.  Good physical and mental health, good character, sound common sense, and adequate emotional balance and maturity.   Age 17-30

To additional vocation information, please send letters to:

Novice Mistress
Carmel of the Holy Spirit
6138 S. Gallup St.
Littleton, CO. 80120

The Daily Schedule

The Littleton Carmel has the Traditional Latin Mass (also known as the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite) on Monday – Friday, and the Novus Ordo Mass (Ordinary Form) on Saturdays and Sundays

  • Complete Divine Office (major Hours chanted on Sundays, Solemnities, and some Feasts)
  • Two, one-hour periods of mental prayer
  • Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, and other prayers in common
  • Spiritual Reading
  • Time for work and two periods of recreation
  • The Nuns have weekly Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, and also weekly Confession.

Community Life is characterized by: 

  • Very Special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph
  • Joyful community life of which the prioress is the center, and to whom her daughters give their filial obedience
  • An intensity of silence throughout the day, with little speaking outside of recreation
  • A strong desire to identify oneself with Christ Crucified by a life of complete self-sacrifice
  • A dynamic, shared search and thirst for authentic contemplation and perfection as outlined by Our Holy Parents and Founders, St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross
  • An intense desire and striving to lie the spirituality and embrace the heritage of our Holy Founders


Carmelite Monastery Prayer for Vocations

Prayer for More Vocations to the Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Littleton, Colorado

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, you who interceded for and watched over the vocations of the Sisters at the Carmelite Monastery of the Holy spirit, please intercede for them again to inspire many women to joyfully answer the call of our Lord to dedicate their lives at the Carmel.

Bless those who are serving now with courage and perseverance. Grant that many will be inspired by their example and faith.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, pray for us.