I’m in my early twenties, and I have gradually lost interest, or realized that it is not meant for me to do things that have to do with worldly goals in life. I would like to know what my options are, if I decided to join a monastery, instead of living a simple religious life alone.
The only order I’m interested in currently and resonates with me the most, is the Carmelite Order, for a variety of reasons.
All would be more simple, if I thought about joining at my local place, or in my country. But I’d actually like to do so abroad! (or at least I think so, again - for a variety of reasons ). So what would my options be if I wanted to join such an order in an English speaking country?
I thought about visiting different monasteries until I find one that seems meant for me. And if I wouldn’t I would either keep searching or abandon the idea and wait or seek somewhere else.
There is of course a LOT of worry about a multitude of different things and I’m aware of that, but I really trust that I will know whether it is for me despite everything else, once I visit and live a week or two in such a place.
So… is it possible to visit Carmelite monasteries in different countries of the world? Is it possible to apply there? Do I need to live in a country abroad and have citizenship before I apply? Maybe I can apply in my native country and make a deal somehow to migrate if the above are impossible?
Any information appreciated, because atm I literally know almost nothing about the formalities.