It was Princess Marcelline Czartoryska who introduced St. Raphael Kalinoski to St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross and the order of Discalced Carmelites. This Princess later became a Carmelite nun herself!
On October 1st 1863, five Carmelite Nuns from Maryland arrived in St. Louis to found the second Carmel in the United States. Through the mercy of God we are still here today- striving living "in allegiance to Jesus Christ...pure in heart and steadfast in conscience...unswerving in the service of the Master." (Carmelite Rule, 2)
"As a spiritual oasis, a monastery reminds today's world of the most important, and indeed, in the end, the only decisive thing: that there is an ultimate reason why life is worth living: God and his unfathomable love." -Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI