Thicket Priory - Welcome


A statue of Christ and his Mother welcoming visitors to Thicket


Welcome to

The Carmel of the Annunciation

at Thicket Priory, York


Here at Thicket we are a lively community of nuns who live the Carmelite life in the tradition of Saint Teresa of Avila.

Our community of 10 nuns has sisters aged from their 30s to their 80s and pretty much everything in between.


We are a joyful community!

Having lived since 1955 in the adjacent Jefferson Hall, in June 2009 we moved into our new monastery which has been designed to help us live prayerfully in harmony with the beautiful nature which surrounds us and which minimises our impact on creation.

We are fortunate to live just 8 miles south of York and 10 miles north of Selby in a beautiful area of countryside. Nestling in the Vale of York and within sight of the low hills known as the Yorkshire Wolds, the beauty spots near Thicket include the Wheldrake Ings Nature Reserve, the Lower Derwent Valley National Nature Reserve, and the Escrick Park Estate which incorporates Skipwith Common National Nature Reserve.


Our beautiful home has Jesus at its very heart.


Thicket (sometimes known as 'York Carmel') is one of some 18 'Carmels' (monasteries of Discalced Carmelite nuns) in Britain, each with its own individual feel and way of living the Carmelite charism (to read about the others visit the website of the Association of Carmelite Nuns in Great Britain). In 1969, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, seven of our sisters established a new Carmelite monastery at Wood Hall near Wetherby.


We enjoy very strong friendships with other expressions of the Carmelite Family in York, including the Carmelite friars at Heslington and Acomb, the Corpus Christi Carmelite Sisters, and York Carmelite Spirituality Group. We are good friends with other religious communities in the area, including the Benedictine nuns at Stanbrook Abbey, the Benedictine monks at Ampleforth Abbey, the Congregation of Jesus at the Bar Convent, the Poor Clares in Askham Bryan, and the Mercy Sisters in Acomb. We are part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough, and enjoy strong ecumenical relations with local churches of different denominations.

Dawn over the new monastery
At Thicket we are a happy and forward-looking community, with our values rooted in the ancient tradition of Carmel. We play an important part in the life of the area and have strong ecumenical links with local churches as well as those who come here for quiet days and times of reflection.
We invite you to follow the links below to see something of how we live our Carmelite vocation today.