Skip to main content


In XVI-XVII centuries, religious life for women developed forms which set them apart from the traditional framework of canonical reference, and undertook ventures and structures which were suited to the apostolate in accordance with local needs. At first tolerated, these forms of religious life for women gradually received canonical recognition.

Read more
Congregations & Institutes


Curia Generalis          
Monastery of St John of the Cross
P:O. Box 25
Cipanas – CIANJUR 43253
Tel. 263-582451
Fax 263-582063



As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."