Discalced Carmelites of the Australia Oceania Region


Ormiston Carmel, QLD

The Carmel of Holy Spirit, situated in the outer Brisbane suburb of Ormiston, was founded from Sydney Carmel in 1927, in response to a request from Archbishop James who had promised St. Therese on a visit to Lisieux, that he would endeavour to establish a Carmel in Brisbane for the enrichment of his diocese and the church in Queensland. For thirty-eight years, the community lived in the home of a former State Premier in the suburb of Auchenflower, and moved to Ormiston only in 1965. Because of lack of funds, the Monastery was built in three stages, the last stage, the Church and one wing inside, being completed in 1975. 

Many adaptations in our lifestyle had to be made after moving from a small urban property, to a much larger rural complex. Although today the surrounding area has been developed, our property is bounded on three sides by the waters of Moreton Bay, and in our spacious grounds, we still help to support ourselves by pasturing cattle for sale, growing some vegetables and maintaining a small orchard, as well as keeping bees and extracting our own honey. We also make Paschal candles and Altar Breads. Modern technology has impacted on our way of life, with limited use of internet and email facilitating necessary tasks and contacts. We also print photo and greeting cards for sale in our Church foyer.

A strong spirit of unity and joy has enabled us to adapt our traditional lifestyle and customs to the realities of today’s society with creative fidelity at a pace acceptable to all. Our present community numbers 21 sisters, including one extern sister and two novices in formation. We also have sisters from East Timor Carmel staying with us. This gives the sisters an opportunity to broaden their experience of Carmel in another culture and to improve their English skills, and offers them resources which would otherwise be denied them. It is also enriching for us to have this contact and forge deep friendships.

We have close links with our local Church, the local deanery priests visiting a few times a year to share pastoral concerns and initiatives. The acquisition of the former Cenacle Retreat Centre next door to us by Brisbane Archdiocese for the new ‘Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre’ named after our Carmelite Saint Therese, will serve to strengthen these bonds and keep alive our commitment to pray for the Church.

The Eucharist is celebrated daily at 7.00 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. on Sundays. All are welcome.

Contact us

Carmelite Monastery
287 Wellington Street
Ormiston Qld 4160
Tel: +61 (07) 3286 1401
Email: Prioress, Ormiston
Website: www.carmeliteormiston.com