Extern Sisters: Guardians of the Enclosure

Our faithful and saintly departed Extern Sisters


Extern Sisters are Religious engaged in the external service of the monastery in order to allow the cloistered Nuns to maintain an entirely contemplative way of life. They are called by God to a special vocation of generous service to the Community and hospitality to the many visitors and pilgrims who travel to Loretto. By the profession of public simple vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience, they consecrate themselves totally to the Lord and join the family of the Discalced Carmelites, whose charism they share.

Extern Sisters wear the same Habit as the Nuns and profess the same Rule and Constitutions, but by reason of their proper office, they are not bound to observe the law of Enclosure and have, in addition, their own Statutes.


Although we do not currently have any Extern Sisters, our Monastery has been blessed in the past with a number of holy Extern Sisters and we thank God for their witness.