Discalced Carmelites of the Australia Oceania Region

The Teresian Carmel Now

Friars, Nuns and Seculars

 The Teresian Carmelite family has at its heart the Order of Discalced Carmelites made up of friars, nuns and secular members.


The Teresian Carmel has spread throughout the world. The nuns continue to live in contemplative communities in widely different situations and cultures. The friars live the contemplative life but also serve as missionaries and are active in varied ministries but especially those concerned with the spiritual life. The Secular Order members live the Teresian charism in the circumstances of their daily life in the world.

The Teresian Carmel has been especially fruitful with saints and writers on the ways of prayer and the spiritual life who creatively responded to the needs of their time: the most famous are Sts Teresa of Ávila, John of the Cross, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein.)

The Carmelite nuns came to Australia from Angouleme in France in 1885. The friars came from Ireland in 1948. There are seven Carmels in Australia, two in New Zealand, and one each in Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Wallis Island. The friars have houses in Varroville, N.S.W., St Ives, Sydney, N.S.W., and Morley, W.A. There are seven communities of the Secular Order throughout Australia, three in New Zealand and one in Samoa. The Carmelite Missionary Sisters, a religious congregation founded by Bl. Francis Palau in 1860, came to Australia in 2004.