The Carmelite Monastery of the Annunciation, Birkenhead

Formation



To be detached from all the things
of life is to live in
the greatest calm

St Teresa of Avila

'Monastic formation is the transmission of a Life.'

Chastity: the total gift of one’s heart, affections,
desires to the God who is love

Poverty: the gift of letting go of all possessions
to posses Him who is All-in-All.

Obedience: the union of one’s will with that of Jesus who continues to speak and act through the Church, and our Superiors.

The Newly Professed continues under the guidance of the Novice Mistress, to become more fully integrated into community life and to prepare for the definitive consecration of Solemn Vows for life.