Carmelite Monastery, Quidenham, Norfolk, NR16 2PH

Our community consists of Catholic women who have come together from many different backgrounds and previous religious experience to live together the Teresian Carmelite vocation.

Its aim is to enable us to support each other as we endeavour to witness to the gospel through the complete gift of ourselves to God in a life of love and service.

Inspired by the spiritual way marked out for us by Saint Teresa of Avila, our primary mission in the Church is one of contemplative prayer.

The Carmelite monastery at Quidenham is situated twenty two miles from the cathedral city of Norwich at the hub of the diocese of East Anglia. Established here since 1948, we belong to a living tradition of Carmelite life whose origins stem from a group of hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land in the twelfth century and whose monasteries are today a worldwide presence.

A person makes progress only by imitating Christ, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one goes to the Father but through him. Elsewhere he says: "I am the door; anyone who enters by me shall be saved". Accordingly, I would not consider any spirituality worthwhile... that runs from the imitation of Christ!

From the 'Ascent of Mount Carmel' of Saint John of the Cross