Praised be Jesus Christ! Hi! First, since you are writing Valparaiso it sounds like you are looking for a more traditional Carmel. I have a friend who wrote them when she was 46 and she got a “no” They are pretty strict on their age limit and they have so many vocations on top of it. But you could always try. Also you could try the foundation they’ve made in Elysburg, PA (especially if you’re looking for a Carmel with the Latin Mass) Here’s a site of some volunteers at that Carmel, friendsofcarmeljmj.org/ My guess is that they will be strict on their age limit too, but I do know they were open to someone (in her 30’s) with some health issues while other Carmels were saying no to her.
Okay, but so I thought I would post here a thread I started way back on Phatmass about the 2 different sets of Constitutions for the Discalced Carmelite Nuns, phatmass.com/phorum/topic/58540-the-discalced-carmelite-nuns-1990-1991-constitutions/ (both Valparaiso & Elysburg are under the 1990s)
Some 1990 Carmels I know that definitely accept older vocations:
Jefferson City, MO
Erie, PA (a recent thread about them on PM)
Wichita, KS <-- a new site
And here’s a little photo album of Carmels I made they you might find helpful - picasaweb.google.com/ocdnuns God bless & I will keep you in prayer!
p.s. this is just a technicality but when saying “Carmelite order” … that means either the Discalced Carmelite Order as a whole or the Carmelites of the Ancient Observance - the original Carmelite Order. The Discalced Carmelite Order is the one under the reform of St. Teresa. So there are two Carmelite Orders. And then within the Orders are individual communities/monasteries/or Carmels.
So you’re looking for a community/monastery/Carmel that accepts older vocations, rather than an “order” Sorry I hope I’m not being silly trying to differentiate all these terms, lol. Anyway, so yeah