Discalced Carmelites of the Australia Oceania Region


Launceston Carmel was founded from Glen Osmond Adelaide in June 1948 at Longford Tasmania. The community moved to the present monastery built in the hills of West Launceston in April 1975 at the request of the then Archbishop Guilford Young to be nearer the priests and people. The parish priests in Launceston supply daily Mass which a small regular congregation also attend.

Life in our Carmel

  • We live in strict papal enclosure as desired by St. Teresa and given by the Church.
  • Our life is essentially one of prayer and sacrifice, for the sake of the Church and the world, supported by life in community.
  • We enjoy two hours of community recreation each day.
  • We wear the habit of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as a sign of our consecration.
  • We support ourselves by simple manual work including the making of vestments, church linens etc. and some printing.  This with the ordinary work of housework, gardening, kitchen activities etc., occupies about 5 hours each day.

Prayer Life

This includes:

  • Daily Holy Mass and the full Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours)
  • 2 hours of contemplative prayer made in community each day.
  • 1 hour of spiritual reading in the cell each day.
  • We also pray the Angelus 3 times a day.
  • The Rosary is said privately by each sister.
  • Each month the Sisters have a private hermitage day
  • Each year each Sister makes a 10 day retreat in our hermitage
  • Each year the community has an 8 day preached retreat.

Young Sister's Testimony

Feeling called to the contemplative life, and having sought guidance in the discernment of God's will, I was led to this community. I entered in February 1998.

I found a lifestyle totally dedicated to prayer and sacrifice lived in strict enclosure for the glory of God, the good of Holy Church and the salvation of souls.

I made my solemn profession in November 2002.

It was the "cloistered desert" I had been looking for.

Contact Us

Mother Prioress OCD
Carmelite Monastery
7 Cambridge St
Launceston TAS 7250
email: tascarmel1@gmail.com
website: > https://launcestoncarmel.com
Tel: +61 (03) 63313585+61 (03) 63313585
Fax: +61 (03) 6331 701