Discalced Carmelites of the Australia Oceania Region


Seven Sisters came to South Australia from the Carmelite Monastery in Kew, Victoria, on the 3rd December, 1935, bringing their tradition of contemplative life to Adelaide. They settled at the edge of the Adelaide Plains, entrance to the land of the Kaurna people, who for many centuries had known their ‘sacred spaces’ within these Plains, and had revered and celebrated their spiritual traditions here.

In the spirit of this reverence for the holy, we Carmelites who live here today see this as our ‘sacred space’ a place open to God in the whole of life as it unfolds each day; a place to which others are welcome. Some come to share in Eucharist or to join in prayer, to explore their own contemplative calling, or simply to spend some time in quiet reflection.

At the heart of our life is relationship with Jesus. This is the inspiration we find in the Carmelite Rule written eight hundred years ago which exhorted the first hermits to a life of allegiance to Jesus. We, too strive to have;

...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…dwell abundantly in your (our) mouths and hearts and to do all in the Word of the Lord.

(The Rule of Carmel 19)

This relationship with Jesus is also the great discovery of St Teresa of Avila in her own prayer. She said; Prayer is a friendship with the one who we know loves us (Life:8.5).

This was the heart of her reform in Carmel in 16th century Spain, and following her we try to find ways to live this relationship within the Church of today, mindful that the Church is a hearer of the Word before it is a preacher of the Word.

We take Mary as our nurturing mother and guide as we ponder God’s Word.  Mary experienced what happened in Jesus’ life, and she treasured all these things in her heart; (Luke 2:51).

We invite anyone who wishes to contact us by phone or email.  

Contact Us

Carmelite Nuns
108 Esplande
(P O Box 226)
Semaphore SA 5019
Tel.: 08 8341 5599
Fax.: 08 84491185
Email: ocdadel@tpg.com.au