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Daily Life

Carmelites are dedicated to a life of prayer in the service of God's people. In the tradition of St Teresa of Avila and following the Rule of St Albert, originally written for hermits, we spend most of our time in silence and solitude, so as to be open to the word of God throughout each day.

We spend two hours each day in silent personal prayer, and an hour of spiritual reading. We are grateful to have Mass celebrated daily at the monastery by the clergy of York. We also come together in our chapel seven times a day to pray the Divine Office.


Meals are taken together but in silence. In the evening we have an hour of recreation. We work to earn our own living by retailing altar breads and altar linens. We also work to care for each other, for our home and to welcome visitors to our monastery.  We try to use our free time to explore and develop the gifts God has given us, in arts, crafts, music, study or just enjoying and praising the wonders of creation in our beautiful garden.

Watch a video about our daily life.

Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends;
it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us.

St Teresa of Avila

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