Though I grew up in a devout Catholic family and probably would have been voted “Most Likely to Become a Priest” in grade school, my faith had a constant ebb and flow. After reading books on the lives of the saints, listening to talks at the Catholic Family Conferences we’d attend, or going on a school retreat, I’d be set ablaze with a desire to give my life to God, but invariably it would fizzle, and I’d return to having fun and playing video games. My Story
Br. Vincent of St Joseph and St Andre Bessette, O.C.D.
During my late teens and early twenties I was living a life in many ways contrary with the Gospel. By the time I reached my mid-twenties, I noticed I was growing particularly restless. This time was difficult, but it led me to be more open to asking deeper questions and searching for answers. My Story
Fr. Cyril of the Mother of God, O.C.D.
Looking back, I have loved my life as a Carmelite. I have met the most incredible people, been invited into their lives and families, and have especially loved the fraternity that I have found within community. My Story
Fr. Kevin of the Most Blessed Trinity, O.C.D.
The Catholic faith was everything in my family. We prayed the rosary each evening after dinner and, of course, attending Mass was a given. My Story
Br. Emmanuel of the Mother of Mercy, O.C.D.
Even though I grew up in a Catholic family I never took my faith seriously. That changed my senior year of high school when I found a solid group of friends in the Life Teen youth group at my home parish. During my freshman year of college, I was exposed to Carmelite spirituality when a youth minister gave me a copy of “The Impact of God” by Fr. Iain Matthew, O.C.D., which is an introduction to St. John of the Cross’s life and spirituality. My Story
Br. John-Mary of Jesus Crucified, O.C.D.
When I was in high school I never would have imagined that God might be calling me to religious life. I grew up in a decently Catholic family: we went to Mass each Sunday, we said grace before dinner, and I participated in the youth group at church, but when I was in high school I had never even considered what it was that God wanted me to do with my life… My Story
Fr. Michael-Joseph of St Thérèse, O.C.D.
When I was 18, and at a particularly low point in my life, I came to believe in the truth of Jesus Christ and his love for me; leading to a powerful conversion experience. Soon I became involved in a catholic young adult group, attending daily mass, frequent confession, and began to practice quiet prayer each day. My Story
Br. Pier Giorgio of Christ the King, O.C.D.
I was an athlete in high school and into college and didn’t participate in much else but practices. It was all about sports and school work. After high school, though, I had a conversion and I gave my life in service to the Lord when I was 20 or 21. The discernment of a religious vocation to the priesthood accompanied that initial call. My Story
Fr. Thomas-Mary of St. Benedict Joseph Labre, O.C.D.
Ever since I was in grade school I had an attraction toward the priesthood and the religious life. After college, I entered the seminary for my home diocese of Brooklyn. Because I enjoyed the seminary very much, I realized that that I might be best suited in religious life. My Story
Br. Joseph of the Holy Family, O.C.D.
During high school, I was an altar server during my freshman and sophomore years of high school. After that I had no further involvement with church beyond Sunday Mass every week. I first considered a religious vocation when I was 16 years old. I took it seriously when I was 26. My Story