Carmelite Monks


Cloistered. Contemplative. Carmelite Men.
Welcome to Carmel.

The Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel is a monastic, cloistered Roman Catholic community founded in the Rocky Mountains of northwestern Wyoming near Yellowstone National Park. In the solitude and silence of the mountain wilderness, the Carmelite monks of Wyoming seek to perpetuate the charism of the Blessed Virgin Mary by living the Marian life as prescribed by the primitive Carmelite Rule and the ancient monastic observance of Carmelite men. The Carmelite Fathers and Brothers live in unwavering fidelity to the Magisterium of the Holy Roman Catholic Church and the Holy Father. With a burning love for God and a missionary zeal for souls, the Carmelite monk immolates his life in the vows of obedience, chastity, and poverty for the Holy Roman Catholic Church and for the entire world. Doing battle under the banner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Carmelite monks are the Navy Seals, Green Berets, and Marines of the Roman Catholic Church in a virile, ancient tradition of prayer as contemplative monks.

Desiring to become great saints, this monastery of strictly cloistered contemplative men have a vehement longing to live the entirety of the spirituality and way of life established by St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Jesus in the Discalced Carmelite Reform including strict monastic enclosure, two hours of contemplative prayer daily, study and spiritual reading, and manual labor. These young Roman Catholic monks live a full, reverent, and traditional Carmelite liturgical life using the extraordinary form of the Mass in Latin with Gregorian Chant. The Carmelite Monks wear the Holy Habit faithfully, which includes the brown Carmelite scapular and white mantle of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Blessed with an abundance of young, orthodox, manly, prayerful vocations in a joyful community life, the Carmelite monks know that the Lord Jesus is calling souls to follow Him along “the narrow way” of traditional monastic religious life in the enclosure. The Carmelite monk may aspire to be a lay brother who sanctifies his day through manual labor in an agrarian way of life or a priest who celebrates the Sacraments, gives spiritual direction, and preaches retreats to the monastery's retreatants. Once mature in the spiritual life, a Carmelite monk may aspire to become a solitary anchoritic hermit-monk in the mountains, alone with the Alone.

In addition to sharing in the Carmelite's life of prayer, you may wish to participate in their contemplative apostolate and the endurance of their monastic tradition by aiding the Church in building a permanent monastery for this vibrant, growing community at the New Mount Carmel. As the monks rely upon Divine Providence, the Carmelite community is deeply mindful that God bestows His blessings upon them through you, the faithful children of God. Within these pages, you will find ways to give and to assist the Carmelite monks of Wyoming.

If you are a young man with an ardent desire to give all to Christ and His Church, in imitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, God may be calling you to the contemplative, cloistered life of the Carmelite monks of Wyoming. On behalf of the Diocese of Cheyenne, Reverend Father Prior, and all the Carmelite Fathers and Brothers, you are wholeheartedly invited to come and share in the peace and joy of the religious life, hidden with Christ in God for the salvation of souls. The Vocation Director and the monks are eager to assist you in discerning your own vocation. Come and see . . .

“O my Lord, of all the millions of people you have created, shouldn't just a few of them give their complete attention to You?”
- St. Teresa of Avila

From time immemorial, God has chosen to draw certain men into silence and solitude for the “praise of the glory of his grace.” These beloved souls have hidden themselves in the wilderness where God has done as he promised, "Behold I will allure her, and will lead her into the wilderness: and I will speak to her heart." In obedience to this altogether heavenly inspiration, our first fathers settled on Mount Carmel after the crusades to commune with God in love. Our forefathers embraced a particular manner of living modeled after that of the Holy Virgin and our Father St. Elias, which was handed on to consecutive generations.
- Prologue to our Constitutions