Discernment Retreats

In the silence of your heart, do you wonder if our Lord is calling you?
Come and See!
Experience a glimpse into Carmel!
You will have an opportunity to pray, work and recreate with the Sisters.


Contemplative tradition of Carmel flowing into the works of the apostolate.
Healthcare | Education | Retreat Work

We invite you to take some time to discern more deeply if God may be calling you to the Religious Life. If you are a single woman, between the age of 18 and 30, and wish to know more about the deep bonds that unite us as a religious family, what it means to belong completely to Christ and if the spirit of Carmel resonates in your soul, join us for a retreat

Chosen – For Greater Things You Were Born 2020 – 2021

November 13 – 15, 2020 | Virtual Retreat

Retreats for single women, between the ages of 18-35 who would like to take some time
to seriously discern if God may be calling them to the Religious Life.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact: Sister Maria Goretti, OCD | (626) 557-5816 or email joyofcarmel@outlook.com

Please also feel free to contact Sister Maria Goretti, Vocation Directress, if you would like to talk about your discernment and future discernment opportunities with our community. May God bless you!

Please complete the Discernment form as the first step of registering for the retreat.

Discernment Retreat Inquiry Form
  • Discernment Retreats are open to women ages 18-35
  • Please enter a number from 2000 to 2025.

Chosen – For Greater Things | November 13, 2020 | Carmelite Sisters

Complimentary Virtual Retreat, Sign up by Thursday, November 12th, 12:00 PM Pacific Time

We are ALL chosen by our Heavenly Father for “greater things.” We invite you to take a weekend for prayer and open your heart to hear His word and discern more closely His will for your life.

You will learn about the foundations of discernment, what the Church says religious life is, the spirituality of Carmel and how to discern next steps. This virtual discernment retreat is open to sing Catholic women ages 18-30 who are open to discerning a vocation to religious life.. You will receive an e-mail on Friday, 11/13/20 at 7:00 AM (PDT) with the link to the content page and the Zoom meeting invite information.

Four of our Sisters will lead this retreat:

Sr. Maria Goretti, OCD
Sister Maria Goretti is originally from South Louisiana and entered the Carmelite Sisters in 2010. Sister professed her Perpetual Vows in 2019 and has served in a variety of roles for her community’s apostolates, including marketing and development. She currently serves as Vocation Directress.

Sister Joseph Francesca, OCD

Sister Joseph Francesca was raised in Lincoln, NE and entered the Carmelite Sisters in 2011. Sister recently professed her perpetual vows in July 2020 and had thousands join her on that special day via livestream! Sister has served in our education and healthcare apostolates and currently serves in the Vocation Office.

Sister Grace Helena, OCD
Sister Grace Helena was born in Michigan, later moved to Arizona and has been a Carmelite Sister for 22 years. Sister has served as a teacher, Vocation Directress, and in our healthcare apostolate. She currently serves and studies at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH.
Sister Regina Marie, OCD
Sister Regina Marie was raised in Los Angeles and has been a Carmelite Sister for 46 years. She holds a Masters in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. Sister has served as Superior General, Vicar General, Directress of Novices, Junior High teacher and public speaker.

Retreat Schedule:
Friday, November 13, 2020
• Before 5:00 PM [Your Time] | Conference 1: Foundations of Discernment
• 5:00 PM [PDT] | Zoom Q&A

Saturday, November 14, 2020
Before 10:00 AM [Your Time] | Conference 2: Religious Life
Before 2:00 PM [Your Time] | Examen Prayer
Before 4:00 PM [Your Time] | Conference 3: Carmelite Spirituality
4:00 PM [PDT] | Zoom Q&A, Retreat Check In & Vocation Story
7:15 PM [PDT] | Zoom Recreation with the Sisters

Sunday, November 15, 2020
Before 11:00 AM [Your Time] | Conference 5: Next Steps
3:00 PM [PDT] | Zoom Q&A, Vocation Story, Closing Prayer

One-on-one Meeting with a Sister
There will be an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a sister during your retreat. More information will be provided when you register.

Livestream Opportunities, November 15, 2020
Join our Carmelite Community for Mass & Prayers. Please check the schedule on our facebook page.


Registration Form

Registration has closed for the retreat.
If you have an urgent calling, please email us at joyofcarmel@outlook.com to discuss your options.

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