Aug 01, 2017 · The Carmel, which was established by nuns from the Boston Carmel and originally located at 18th and Poplar Streets then at 44th and Spruce Streets, has been at its current monastery since 1910 ... Discalced Carmelites. The most famous Carmelite saint, St. Teresa of Avila, lived in Spain in the 16th century, a time when cloistered monasteries had grown lax. St. Teresa was determined to return to the original roots of the order, emphasizing a strict enclosure, radical poverty, and contemplative prayer. Carmelites of the Ancient Observance (OCarm) St Teresa’s Reformed Carmelites, known as the Discalced Carmelites (OCD) These two branches live the same Rule of St Albert and share much in common. Today there is a strong movement of mutual support and cooperation between the two stems of Carmel’s vine.

Teresa of Jesus of the Andes, known officially as “St. Teresa of the Andes”, grew up in a close-knit, upper middle class Catholic family in Santiago, Chile, was very popular with her friends and relatives, entered Carmel at age 19, and died before her 20th birthday.