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Welcome
to the
Carmel of Cristo Rey

 Living in the presence of God is the center of our Marian life
Vivir en la presencia de Dios es el centro de nuestra vida Mariana

We are delighted to present our website on March 28, 2015, the year in which we celebrate the
Fifth Centenary of the Birth of Our Holy Mother St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila),
Reformer and Foundress of the Discalced Carmelites and in the Year of Consecrated Life.

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Our History

Our peaceful cloistered community rests in the busy streets of San Francisco, CA. Our Carmelite vocation is cherished as we carry on the legacy of our founding Mothers, who left their homes and came to San Francisco to preserve in freedom our contemplative way of life.

During the Cristero War (1926-1929) the anticlerical Mexican movement mercilessly persecuted Catholics, suppressing religious celebrations, and killing any who refused to abandon the Catholic Church. After being forced out of their cloistered monasteries, Carmelite Nuns persevered and gathered in secrecy to preserve their contemplative life of prayer, penance, and sacrifice. Meanwhile, firing squads and executions drove many Religious out of the country to escape the terrifying rule of the government.

Carmelite Nuns from the Carmel of San Jose and Santa Teresa left Guadalajara, Mexico and headed to the United States in search of a life of religious freedom. With help from newfound friends in California, our Nuns began the Carmel of Cristo Rey in San Francisco, and with it resumed their life of consecration and prayer for our world of today.

The Nuns of Cristo Rey remain a bilingual community, speaking both English and Spanish in deference to the heritages of our Holy Parents of Sts. Teresa of Jesus (Avila) and John of the Cross and our foundation (1927) and in gratitude for our new  American homeland. Women of various cultures and different backgrounds have fulfilled their vocation within our Community, but we all celebrate and commemorate the Mexican and Spanish history of our foundation to which we owe our freedom and may live a life of zeal for the Lord.

Foundation Plaque located on exterior wall of Monastery

Horarium

Our Daily Life

Our daily life follows a cycle of Daily Mass, personal and Communal prayer, contemplative solitude, and work.

Weekday Schedule

  5:00 Rise
  5:30 Silent Meditation
  6:30 Morning Prayer (Lauds) of the Liturgy of the Hours ­
  7:00 Celebration of Holy Mass
  7:45 Midmorning Prayer (Terce)
  8:00 Breakfast
  8:00 Optional Individual Visit to Blessed Sacrament
  8:30 Work – Assigned Duties
11:15 Midday Prayer (Sext) and Midafternoon Prayer (None)
11:45 Dinner
12:15 Dishwashing and kitchen work
12:45 Recreation
  1:45 Visit to the Blessed Sacrament – communal vocal prayer
  2:45 Individual spiritual reading or communal singing practice
  3:30 Work – Assigned Duties
  4:45 Holy Hour with the Blessed Sacrament Exposed (Fridays)
  5:00 Evening Prayer (Vespers) followed by Rosary
  5:45 Silent Meditation
  6:35 Communal Chaplet of Divine Mercy
  6:45 Supper
  7:15 Dishwashing and kitchen work
  8:00 Recreation
  9:15 Night Prayer (Compline), Office of Readings (Matins)
10:30 Retire

Weekends and Solemnities

  5:00 Rise
  5:30 Silent Meditation
  6:30 Morning Prayer (Lauds) of the Liturgy of the Hours
  7:00 Celebration of Holy Mass
  7:45 Midmorning Prayer (Terce) of the Liturgy of the Hours
  8:00 Breakfast
  8:00 Optional visit to Blessed Sacrament
  8:15 Work – Assigned Duties (Sundays & Solemnities free)
11:30 Midday Prayer (Sext) and Midafternoon Prayer (None)
12:00 Dinner
12:30 Dishwashing and kitchen work
12:45 Recreation
 1:45 Visit to the Blessed Sacrament – communal vocal prayer
 2:45 Evenings Prayer (Vespers) and Office of Readings (Matins)
 3:30 Work – Assigned Duties (Sundays & Solemnities free)
4:00 Benediction Service (Sundays)
4:45 Holy Hour with the Blessed Sacrament Exposed (Solemnities)
 5:15 Chanting the Salve Regina-solemn tone, in honor of our Blessed Mother (Saturdays)
 5:45 Rosary followed by Silent Meditation
 5:35 Communal Chaplet of Divine Mercy (recited at Benediction) (Saturdays & Solemnities)
 6:45 Supper
 7:15 Dishwashing and kitchen work
 8:00 Recreation
 8:30 Reading or tape on Our Holy Mother (Saturdays)
 9:15 Night Prayer (Compline) followed by Vigils (Saturdays & Eves of Solemnities)
10:30 Retire

Contact Us

Contact Us

While we are a contemplative community, we welcome you to contact us and discover more about us.  We look forward to sharing our life with you and praying for your intentions.

 

Carmelite Monastery of Cristo Rey

721 Parker Avenue

San Francisco, CA, 94118-4227

USA

(415) 387-2640 Phone