This is an opportunity for single women who are interested in finding out more about the Carmelite monastic life to join the community in prayer, liturgy, and work for the weekend. Participants will experience the rhythm of the monastic day, focused on seeking God in worship, prayer, work, silence, and community life. There will be some input from the sisters on aspects of our life and spirituality; there will also be an opportunity to speak privately to a sister.


  • This might be for you:
    if you feel attracted to monastic life and wonder whether it might be for you;
    if you have sometimes thought that God might be calling you to religious life, but have hesitated to take the first step;
    if you are searching for that extra “something” in life, but are not sure what it is;
    if your heart urges you to learn more about this radical way of gospel living;
    or if you would like the support of a small group as you enquire about monastic vocation
  • It is not for you if:
    you simply want a weekend of quiet and prayer – for this, you will be welcome to our retreat -house at some other time;
    you want to research monastic life from an academic or historical point of view;
    you intend to write a newspaper article or other media feature about the experience.

Preference will be given to practicing Catholics women in the 22-45 age range.

DATE AND TIME: The monastic experience weekend runs from the afternoon of Friday. Participants will be expected to arrive at 3.00pm. on Friday. This will probably mean taking some time off work that day. Departures on Sunday afternoon after lunch.

If you are interested in the weekend but these dates do not suit, please contact us and mention this. We will keep you informed of future weekends, or you may be able to come and stay in our retreat centre at some other time.

APPLYING: To be considered for the monastic experience weekend please get in touch with the Prioress

by post to: Prioress, Carmelite Monastery, Delgany, Co Wicklow.

or by e-mail to