Discalced Carmelites of the Australia Oceania Region


Carmel De Ste Therese Wallis - Futuna Islands


futunaA self-governing overseas territory of France, the Wallis and Futuna Islands are two groups of islands in the south-western Pacific Ocean, between Fiji and the Samoas with a total land area of 321 sq. km. Although very small compared to their neighbours in the Pacific, they have the honour of being the place where the Church began in Oceania with the arrival of Bishop Pompallier and the first group of Marist Missionaries in 1837. Both Wallis and Futuna witnessed the labours of St Peter Chanel until his martyrdom in Futuna on 28th April, 1841.

The Foundation of the Carmel

The Carmel of St Thérèse was founded on 1st October, 2003 at the invitation of Bishop Lolesio Fuahea. Six nuns left the Carmel of St Joseph, Apia, Samoa in a small inter-island ‘plane on 30th September and, crossing the International Date Line, arrived in Wallis Island on the Feast of Saint Thérèse. For two years they lived in a small house near the sea on the Mission compound at Malaetoli, not far from the place where Bishop Pompallier and his valiant band of missionaries anchored in 1837. 

On 7th October, 2005, they moved to their new Carmel, which was blessed on 16th July the following year and papal enclosure was established soon after. The monastery is situated on Mt Holo, on the summit of Wallis Island and commands a magnificent view of the sea on all sides.

The community now numbers eleven – from four nations:   Wallis, Samoa, Tonga, and New Zealand. Seven are finally professed. There are two novices and two postulants in the Novitiate at present. As French is the language of the schools, few people are fluent in English. Formation lessons are given in French and Wallisien, with one lesson weekly in English. The young Sisters are also taught sewing, painting and handicrafts in an effort to help each one to develop her talents.

The nuns support themselves by baking altar bread, making vestments, albs, altar linen, mending and painting statues and by handicrafts. Work in the gardens is shared by all.

The people of Wallis and Futuna appreciate the hidden life of prayer and sacrifice of the Carmelites and often go to them with their requests for prayer for their needs. 

Contact us

Carmel de Ste Thérèse
B. P. 112 Mata-Utu,
98600 Wallis-Futuna
Email: Prioress, Wallis-Futuna