Our vocation consists in the grace by which we are called to a hidden union with God. It is a life of intimate friendship with Christ and with our Lady, in which prayers and contemplation become a signal apostolic service of the Church.
“We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. That is our great act of truth, the way to repay our God, love for love.” – Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
By solemn vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience we commit ourselves to a “life of allegiance to Jesus Christ.”
“To live means to give everything and to give oneself.” – St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Meet the Sisters
Sister John Marie
I was born in Pennsylvania, raised in Portland, Oregon and attended Catholic grade and high schools. I worked as a waitress for a year and then entered our Carmelite Monastery. I was familiar with Carmel from childhood as I had an aunt who was a Carmelite nun. I had also read the autobiography of Saint Therese the Little Flower. I felt our Lord was calling me to Carmel. I have been a nun for 57 years.
Sister Agatha Radoli
I was born September 15, 1948 to Moses and Symphrose Radoli as their 6th child and only daughter, which made me their favorite child. But, they did not object to my joining The Sisters of Mary January 6, 1960 at age 11. As a Sister of Mary I held different positions of responsibility. It was as Director of Gaba Publications that I had an opportunity to go to Paris for a communications Meeting, and while there I visited Lisieux Carmel because I had devotion to St. Therese. This was September 1998. After this I was drawn to join Carmel and applied to Carmels in the U.S. because it would be very difficult for me living a cloistered life in Kenya where I was a Public figure because of my work and came from a large extended family. I was attracted to a life of Quiet and solitude as well as Prayer.
Sister Elizabeth Mary, OCD
Before I entered Carmel 39 years ago I worked as a nurse in a large hospital. At that time and in that work I was drawn closer to God and wanted to do whatever He asked of me. He opened the doors to Carmel and I am so happy and grateful for this gift.
Maria Therese of the Holy Family
I am from Vietnam. My family come here in 2006. I entered Carmel at age 20 because I want to be like St. Therese.
Sister Mary Veronica
As a convert at the age of 16, I read much to learn all I could about my new faith. A life of St. Teresa of Avila revealed to me my vocation to a life of prayer and sacrifice for souls in the silence and solitude of the Cloister and to grow constantly in loving God.
Sister Maria Teresa of the Trinity
I entered Carmel in 1969. Before coming to Carmel I worked as a bookkeeper. I love animals and did a lot of horseback riding. I came to Carmel in order to live a life totally devoted to our Lord, and by a life of prayer and sacrifice in union with our Lord to help the Church and our suffering world.
Sister Juana Maria de la Cruz, OCD.
I was born and raised in Mexico, My family moved to Oregon in 1995. My desire was to go back to Mexico and enter a Carmelite Monastery down there, but a friend of mine suggested that I may visit some Carmels here.
When I first came to visit this Carmel. I was captivated by the natural beauty and the simplicity of the Monastery.
I entered Carmel at age 23 years. I wanted to give all my life and my youth to God in a Hidden Way, where nobody knows we are here and yet our prayer supports the Church. I used to tell my friends that I was going to live enclosed in the Tabernacle with Jesus, loving Him for those who don't love Him.