Carmelite Monastery, Quidenham, Norfolk, NR16 2PH

Our community consists of Catholic women who have come together from many different backgrounds and previous religious experience to live together the Teresian Carmelite vocation.

Its aim is to enable us to support each other as we endeavour to witness to the gospel through the complete gift of ourselves to God in a life of love and service.

Inspired by the spiritual way marked out for us by Saint Teresa of Avila, our primary mission in the Church is one of contemplative prayer.

The Carmelite monastery at Quidenham is situated twenty two miles from the cathedral city of Norwich at the hub of the diocese of East Anglia. Established here since 1948, we belong to a living tradition of Carmelite life whose origins stem from a group of hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land in the twelfth century and whose monasteries are today a worldwide presence.
 

   I understood that Love comprises all vocations, that Love was everything, that it embraced all times and places, in a word, that it was eternal!... Then, in joy, I cried out: "O Jesus, my Love: my vocation, at last I have found it! My vocation is Love! Yes, I have found my place in the Church and it is You, O my God, who have given me this place. In the heart of the Church, my Mother, I shall be Love!"

from the writings of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (Manuscript B)