After the close of the Second Vatican Council, the St. Joseph Association was inaugurated by four American Carmels in an effort to prosper the authentic renewal decreed by the Council for the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel and to protect its charism and traditions.

Currently, the twelve member Carmels of the association witness to a common endeavor to be daughters of the Church and of the great Carmelite reformer, St. Teresa of Jesus, (Avila, Spain 1515-1582).

The practice of the evangelical counsels lived within strict papal enclosure, the apostolate of prayer and contemplation, and the traditional austerity of the Order are foundation stones upon which the nuns set out to meet their Bridegroom, who leads them into the desert and up the holy Mount of Carmel.

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