Before you can vote, you have to attain
a certain age. This is true in Carmel. Women who are accepted into our
community must learn our trade, so to speak. They are apprentices in the
ways of prayer according to the spirit of Saint Teresa of Jesus.
An apprentice must study the craft she aspires to. She must learn in two
ways, by learning
and by experience. The first is to be found primarily in the works of Saint
Teresa, especially The Way of Perfection. This is our manual on how
to be a Carmelite.
Once a Sister has taken all the classes, lived the life for about six years,
and been accepted to solemn vows, she takes her place in the Chapter. It
then becomes her responsibility to vote and otherwise to share in the
governing of the monastery.
We would like to remind you that it is largely due to your prayers for
vocations that we are
blessed at present with two white veils. Sister Eunice Teresa (left) is in
temporary vows, and Sister Dolores Peter is a novice. Donít forget to pray
for the Mistress of Novices! Thatís Sister Ana, on the right, leading them
down The Way.