Logo and Guiding Principles

Journeying Together In Faith

Thoughts On Our Logo


Simple, orderly and at the same time in motion - a circle gives the logo the feeling of width and at the same time boundaries.

The letter “M” represents a line and a path. After the first upswing, the path passes through a valley then leads up to the Cross - to Christ, to the center, to the light. The Cross is the center of every action. Everything leads to it. Everything proceeds from it. It is the symbol for salvation and for a personal relationship with Christ.

  • “M” - stands for Mary. Mary is our model - she was ready to embrace her mission from God and fulfill it. Like her, we want to hear the Word of God, to be open and available to it, and to live simply.
  • The letter “M” leads in a direct line to the Cross. Mary refers us to Christ. “Do whatever He tells you.” (Jn 2:5)
  • God is the origin, center, and goal of our lives. He is the circle which surrounds our life.

God is here! He is in me and around me! - a reality which changes my life. Times of silence, prayer, and presence before God give me strength to orient my life in this world around faith.

Our Spirituality

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (Jn 15:5)


As Sisters of Mary of Mount Carmel we choose to be guided by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are God-seeking people journeying in faith, hope, and love, which free us to become one with God and grace. (St. John of the Cross)

We know we are called by Jesus Christ to be “with HIM” (cf. Mk 3:13) and to live in friendship with HIM. (St. Teresa of Ávila)

We want our daily journey to be in HIS presence, in faith that HE lives in us. Mary is our example – she was ready to embrace her mission from God and fulfill it.

In life following the evangelical counsels - consecrated chastity, poverty, and obedience - we allow ourselves to internalize the way of life of Jesus.

The living relationship with Christ forms our sisterly community and enables us to treat others as brothers and sisters.

Following the example of our order’s saints St. Teresa of Ávila, St. John of the Cross, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, . . . we strive to live a contemplative life in which prayer, work, and life in sisterly community are combined.

Our Goals


“That Christ becomes visible” (LG 46)

The personal relationship with Christ is our source of strength. It moves us to involvement for the Kingdom of God.

We strive to make the living and life-affirming God tangible through our own lives.

Like Mary, we want to listen to the Word of God, to be open and available, and to live simply.

The Christian attitude and view of life guides us in our encounters with our fellow people.

Freedom for the uniqueness of each sister and thoughtful togetherness in the community are both equally important to us.

We strive to appreciate each other and to treat each other sympathetically.

We live in God’s forgiving love. It enables us to accept each other with our weaknesses and limitations.

We encourage growing and maturing into a personality capable of loving, in which we share faith and life and take time for relaxation and rest.

Our alternative lifestyle is oriented on the future: it expresses hope that this life leads into the fullness of life with God.

Our Tasks


“Some work has to be done by you . . .” (Carmelite Rule XV)

The Carmelite Rule gives us the freedom to deal with the needs of our time.

We know that through the call to follow Jesus Christ we are sent to help people.

We want to give each other freedom for personal development and creative activity in service with and for people.

We are guided in all we do by Christian values such as brotherly love, respect for the value of all people, and the affirmation of all life.

Together with our colleagues we are there for people - in the areas of education and training, recreation and health, care for the sick and the elderly, pastoral care, producing liturgical vestments, and domestic and farm work.

In all our institutions we deal responsibly with human abilities and strengths and ecological (nature, water, air, etc.) and financial resources.

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