The Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

The Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is located at Mathoura, in the southern region of the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes in NSW, Australia.

It is an enclosed Discalced Carmelite community in which the cloistered nuns live lives of solitude, prayer and sacrifice in communion with the Roman Catholic Church and approved by their Diocesan Bishop, the Most Reverend Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE DD.

The Sisters are grateful to all who have helped to establish the Monastery and they continue to pray especially for their benefactors and for the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes.

Please keep the Monastery in your prayers.

May God reward you

Solemn Pontifical Opening Mass  – 23 March 2019

View the images from the Solemn Pontifical Mass for the opening of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Mathoura, Australia. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE DD with over 500 people attending from across the country. 

The primary mission of the Carmelite Order is to pray and offer oblation for the Church and the world. The use of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and Divine Office sets this monastery apart and their observance of the Rule and Constitutions is part of an unbroken tradition stretching back from Mexico to Spain to Mount Carmel itself in the Holy Land.

Just like St. Teresa of Avila and St. Thérèse the Little Flower, the nuns practice all the traditional and recognisable aspects of Carmelite and monastic life: the full habit, mental prayer, fasting, abstinence (the nuns observe a meatless diet), enclosure (walls, grills), austerity, personal and communal pursuit of virtue, and union with God.