Many and varied are the ways in which our saintly forefathers laid down how everyone, whatever his station or the kind of religious observance he has chosen, should live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ — how, pure in heart and stout in conscience, he must be unswerving in the service of his Master.    Rule, chapter 2

because we live an eremitical expression of the Carmelite Charism, we enjoy a certain autonomy within the bounds of our approved Statutes, which are based on the Carmelite Constitutions, and  the demands of the contemplative way of life.  A contemplative calling usually implies a life of stricter separation from the world of temporal activities and a mature sense of stability.  Yet we are very much a part of the Carmelite Family with whom we share a common way of spiritual growth, the rich communion of spiritual goods, and the bond of fraternal charity.  We follow in the footsteps of countless Carmelite saints through the ages whose pathway to Christ continues to enrich the life of the whole Church in the ways of prayer.

A Word About Formation:
hermit life is a calling and a holy privilege, not for the many, and hermit-communities tend to reflect this.  Moreover, it has long been a tradition in the contemplative life that aspirants to the solitude of the hermitage must first undergo some time of testing in the “common life” of the larger community.  To this end, and also to ensure a more solid formation in our Carmelite charism, a candidate could be asked to do part of his novitiate and even prenovitiate within a Carmelite house of formation before being allowed to live and take vows as a Carmelite hermit at Annunciation Hermitage.

Contacting Us:
if you feel called to our contemplative way of life, have duly prayed about it, and are between the ages of 18 and 35 (exceptions could be made), feel free to contact us.  We are already praying for you!  After this initial contact you are welcome to come for a visit and/or retreat to learn more about our way of life.  To help you and us in the discernment process, we would assist you in establishing contact with the Vocations Director for the New York Province of St. Elias, and we would encourage you to avail yourself of this important means of grace.

Carmelite Hermits,
Annunciation Hermitage
1009 Oakland Ave. East
Austin, MN  55912
507 – 437 – 4015

Br. Robert Bathe, O.Carm.
Director of Vocations
New York Province of St. Elias