Carmelite Spiritual Center

Carmelite Spiritual Center
Darien, Illinois

About Us

The Carmelite Spiritual Center believes that God is present in every person, event, and experience of our lives. Sometimes we need to get away or slow down to listen to our life – to the voice of God. The belief that God speaks through and embraces every experience of our life underlies all the programs we offer here at the Carmelite Spiritual Center.

The rich tradition of Carmelite spirituality and hospitality provides a setting for a variety of programs for men and women seeking a deeper experience of God and of themselves. We welcome groups who facilitate their own meetings, retreats, or workshops.

Our staff welcomes you with warm and respectful hospitality. Our website explains our programs and facility. Only you know the longing that is God calling from within and beyond. We offer time and space to help you listen more clearly to the God Who is always present.


Our facility offers 58 comfortable rooms with private baths. Each room has two beds, a desk, closet, and individual heating and air-conditioning controls.

The entire facility is air-conditioned and for everyone’s health and safety, there is no smoking indoors. Delicious home-cooked meals and the warm hospitality of our staff are hallmarks of our Center.

Meeting Rooms

The Spiritual Center has many multipurpose meeting rooms accommodating groups from 15 to 150.

All are comfortable, carpeted spaces ideal for retreats, days of renewal, seminars, and conferences.


Other Darien Campus Attractions

National Shrine Museum of St. Therese

Our complex is also home to the beautiful Shrine, Museum, and Chapel devoted to Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower. The lovely Chapel and Museum, open to the public everyday, have been enlarged and renovated and provide a prayerful space for your private reflection.

Mass is offered Monday-Friday at 11:30 AM in the Chapel.

Carmelite Gift Shop

The newly expanded gift shop carries a wonderful variety of religious art, gifts, music, and books. A special children’s section carries quality, age-appropriate books and videos. There is a wonderful selection of gifts for Christmas, First Communions, Baptisms, Weddings, etc. Their new website offers an exciting selection of merchandise from the store.

The Gift Shop is open daily from 10 AM – 4 PM.

Carmelite Meditation Garden and Stations of the Cross

Directly to the north of the Spiritual Center, the Carmelite Meditation Garden offers a restful and reflective outdoor space for prayer and contemplation.  Surrounding the beautiful gazebo and water feature are the Stations of the Cross.  We invite you to enjoy this special space while you stay at the Spiritual Center.


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