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Mount St. Joseph Carmelite Monastery, located in San Jose, California, serves as the Novitiate for the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona Province.  When men join our Province, they enter here. 


The first six months is known as the postulancy, where they transition into religious life.


The next year is the novitiate year, when the men become more formed in the charism and spirituality of the Discalced Carmelite Friars. At the end of the year, they make their first profession of vows which are temporary and are renewed annually for five years.

After the completion of two years at Mount St. Joseph, if the brother has a priestly vocation, he will move to our House of Studies in Mount Angel, Oregon.

This monastery has an important place in the hearts of our Carmelitie Friars as it is where most of us began our religious lives.


The California-Arizona Province consists of eight communities, including the Ugandan Mission.  For more information about the Province please visit:

Contemplative and Active

We seek to respond to Christ’s call by combining the contemplative spirit with the active apostolate. As Carmelite brothers and priests, we serve the Church in various ministries.

  • We are devoted to the love of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist

  • We are totally Mary's

  • We are men of loyalty to the Church

Carmelite Community

Fr. Thomas Reeves, O.C.D., Prior

Fr. James Geoghegan, O.C.D.

Fr. Patrick Sugrue, O.C.D.

Fr. Paul Koenig, O.C.D.

Fr. Charles Nawodylo, O.C.D.

Fr. Matthias Lambrecht, O.C.D.

Bro. Roger Larre, O.C.D.S.


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Sayings of Carmelite Saints

- Saint Teresa of Jesus

"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."

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