In 1981, two Filipina Carmelite sisters from an American - based congregation ‘opted
to continue the teaching ministry’ in the Diocese of Dumaguete. They felt the Diocese
needed this more over some other options. They discerned that a congregation
focused on Christian formation and education would best serve this need. With the
support of Bishop Epifanio B. Surban, D.D., they established the Carmelite Sisters of
Our Lady on February 11, 1982.
The two sisters were Sr. Mary Rose Deloria and Sr. Linda Nadela, both deeply
inspired in the ‘60s by the dream of their then Superior General Mother Marcella Foret.
to serve and be present in some parochial schools of the Diocese to begin with.
Over a decade after their foundation, the Carmelite Sisters of Our Lady officially
affiliated with the Order of Carmelites, after meeting some canonical requirements
marking their membership to the Carmelite Family worldwide.
We are women of prayer and mission, ‘dedicated to the redemptive mission of the
Church through apostolic ministry, particularly Christian formation and education,
according to the universal Law of the Church and the proper Law.’
Our charism is to ‘follow Jesus Christ with a pure heart and firm conscience in the
example of Mary and Elijah as we embrace and live out Carmel’s heritage responding
to God’s call…
Responding to the call of the Philippine Church for witnesses to the Gospel of
salvation and liberation, we commit ourselves to the service of the Church of the
Poor as our participation in the redemptive work of Christ and our expression of
Carmelite spirituality is a life of love that transports one to a contemplative love of God
and His creation. It started in the 12th century from a small group of Latin hermits who
took residence removed and apart from the rest of the world on Palestine’s Mount
Carmel considered holy by Jews, Moslems and Christians.
The place afforded one who withdraws from the world to be drawn completely to God
– satisfying every longing, hunger, thirst, desire of a human heart – a liberation from the
enslavement of the finite so much so that this transformative experience is called a
This mystical space evolved from solitary life to community, from silence into voice,
from word into deed, from stillness into journey, from void into fullness, from mountain
to the valley and from prayer into service.
The Carmelite Sisters of Our Lady find this mystical space in their service to God’s
people, especially the poor. The Carmelite Sisters of Our Lady work at freeing Gods
people from all kinds of enslavement – from being powerless, voiceless, hungry,
homeless, uneducated, marginalized, neglected…Their tool is Silence in order to listen
with empathy…understand the Gospel…move into greater generosity and
compassion towards others.And there find God!