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!
You're invited to the Carmel of Saint Joseph to see the live multimedia drama put on by Saint Luke Productions.
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)
"Let everyone be moved to look into the depths of his or her conscience and listen to that word which says: Leave behind the self-interest that hardens your heart, overcome the indifference that makes your heart insensitive towards others, conquer your deadly reasoning, and open yourself to dialogue and reconciliation. Look upon your brother’s sorrow and do not add to it, stay your hand, rebuild the harmony that has been shattered; and all this achieved not by conflict but by encounter!" - Pope Francis, 7 Septmeber 2013
"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