Discalced Carmelites of the Australia Oceania Region


The Carmelite Nuns came to Australia in 1885 from the Carmel of Angouleme in France to Dulwich Hill, Sydney. From here Carmel reached out around Australia.

The Carmel of Tourcoing from France was established at Parkes in NSW in 1949.

In 1987, these two Carmels, Parkes and Dulwich Hill, merged together to establish a new community at Varroville which is located about fifty kms south-west of Sydney.

Our Home

The Carmel of Mary & Joseph, Varroville is situated on a hilltop in a rural setting commanding a magnificent view in almost every direction over the surrounding countryside of rolling hills and bushland with the city of Campbelltown spread out beneath us a few miles distant. We are gifted with a natural solitude, peace and beauty. We have endeavoured to maintain, renew and inculturate our Teresian-Carmelite heritage in a genuinely Australian setting.


This same spirit we endeavour to pass on to those candidates who join us at Varroville. The formation process takes place in the monastery, instruction in appropriate subjects being given - scripture, liturgy, prayer, history and spirituality of the Order etc.

  • There is the possibility of a preliminary three month live-in before deciding to enter
  • Postulancy may last between 6-18 months
  • Novitiate covers 2 years
  • Temporary vows are for a minimum of 3 years before making Solemn Vows

Living as Carmelites

The characteristics of Carmelite spirituality we try to express in our daily can be summarised as follows:

  • We understand prayer as friendship with Christ. This relationship is fostered by an hour of silent prayer morning and evening, the daily celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharist;
  • We try to keep alive the prophetic tradition of Carmel taking inspiration from the prophet Elijah in his solitary life and his yearning to stand in the presence of the Living God
  • We look on Mary as both Mother and Sister, trying to follow her example by pondering the Word of God and responding to it in our lives
  • Our timetable is so arranged that we have times when we are together and times when we are alone, combining both the eremitical and community dimensions of Carmel
  • St Teresa wanted us to show our friendship with Christ by practising of the Evangelical Counsels, that is, the vows of chastity, poverty as perfectly as possible.
  • We understand our life of prayer as our apostolic service of the Church and our sharing in her saving mission.

Contact Us

The Prioress
Carmel of Mary and Joseph
345 St Andrews Road
Varroville NSW 2565
Tel: +61 (02) 9820 3048
Fax: +61 (02) 9820 3711
Email: Prioress, Varroville
Website: www.carmelvarroville.org.au