Carmelite nuns are a religious order within the Roman Catholic Church. They belong to the world-wide Order of Discalced Carmelites, which also comprises friars and lay members. Within the Carmelite Family, the nuns have a particular vocation to dedicate their lives entirely to prayer.
There are 11 Carmelite Monasteries in England, 3 in Scotland and 1 in Wales. Over 200 nuns live in these 15 Carmels.
In each Carmel the sisters live, work and pray together, witnessing to the reality of God and his love for the world. At the heart of each day, is the celebration of the Eucharist, and the sisters also recite the Divine Office and spend two one-hour periods in silent prayer.
Carmelite nuns commit their entire lives to God, as a radical response to his call. They believe that prayer is a powerful and effective response to the needs of the human family.
It is an uncompromising choice.

There are Carmelite monasteries in towns and in the country, but wherever they are found they speak to the world of God and spiritual realities. The sisters value the companionship of Jesus above everything else. They are aware of sin and suffering, sadness and death throughout the world, and know that only Jesus has the answer. They are prepared to stake their lives on this. They want everyone to find the peace, love and happiness He has to give, so they choose on behalf of their fellow men and women to live out with Him the mystery of His life and death, through which all will come to His resurrection and His promise of fulness of life and joy. They unite themselves with Him "who lives ever to make intercession for the world" and their life's purpose is to love, and to bring all humanity closer to the Love of God.