|Mount Saint Joseph
The Novitiate of the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona Province
|First Saturday of the month |
Mount Saint Joseph serves as the Novitiate for the Discalced
Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona Province. When young
men join our Province, they enter here. The first six months is
known as the postulancy, where they transition into religious life.
The next year is the canonical year, or the novitiate year, where
the men are more integrated into the charism and spirituality of
the Discalced Carmelite Friars and learn to live the vows. At the
end of the canonical year, they make their first profession of vows
which are temporary and are renewed annually for five years.
After the completion of two years at Mount Saint Joseph, if the
young brother has a priestly vocation or has not completed his
college degree, he will move to our House of Studies in Mount
This monastery has an important place in the hearts of our
Carmelite Friars as it is where most of us began our religious lives.
|Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona Province
We Carmelite Friars, followers of Saint Teresa of Avila and
Saint John of the Cross, live as brothers in community.
With Mary as our patroness, we serve Christ and
His Church through ministries of prayer,
presence, evangelization and pastoral care.