“All must be friends, all must be loved, all must be held dear, all must be helped” Saint Teresa of Jesus



Welcome to the Association of Our Lady of the Southern Cross website. We invite you to explore our site to come to know more about the origins and purpose of our Association. We hope that this meeting place can become a means to strengthen and support our Member Monasteries in their contemplative vocation as well as providing a source of information for others.


The little flower transplanted to Mount Carmel was to expand under the shadow of the cross. The tears and blood of Jesus were to be her dew, and her Sun was His adorable Face veiled with tears. Until my coming to Carmel, I had never fathomed the depths of the treasures hidden in the Holy Face. It was through you, dear Mother, that I learned to know these treasures. Just as formerly you had preceded us into Carmel, so also you were first to enter deeply into the mysteries of love hidden in the Face of our Spouse. You called me and I understood.

St Therese of the Child Jesus


Saint Therese of Lisieux invites us to practise the little way of love, not to miss out on a kind word, a smile or any small gesture which sows peace and friendship. An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness. In the end, a world of exacerbated consumption is at the same time a world which mistreats life in all its forms.

Pope Francis Laudato Si 230