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Mount St. Joseph Carmelite Monastery, located in San Jose, California, is home to the Postulancy for the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona Province of St. Joseph. When men join our Province, they enter here.


The first year is known as postulancy, where they transition into religious life. During this year, the men begin formation in the charism and spirituality of the Discalced Carmelite Friars. At the end of the year, they move to the novitiate in Mt. Angel, OR, are clothed in Our Lady's Habit, and receive their religious name as a brother.


After the completion of the novitiate year, if the brother has a priestly vocation, he will continue on at our St. Elijah House of Studies in Mt. Angel, Oregon.


Mount St. Joseph 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 six 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.

Fr. Jan Lundberg, O.C.D.

Fr. Julius Ntalo, 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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