Thursday, 23 April 2009

New traditional Carmel

Some really excellent news to share (thanks to Phatmass) - the Traditional Carmel of Valparaiso is making a new foundation. Here is the story:

"Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg announced Friday that a second community of Discalced Carmelite nuns will be established in the diocese in the monastery in Elysburg.The new community will be founded from the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph of Valparaiso, Neb.

They come to the Diocese of Harrisburg because of a constant increase of vocations to their monastery that has caused crowding. Their community is currently at 33. The maximum number of nuns in a Carmelite monastery is about 21.

The Valparaiso, Nebraska Carmelites join the Danville Carmelites and the Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary in Lancaster as the third contemplative community of nuns in the 15 counties of the Diocese of Harrisburg. Bishop Rhoades said, “I feel incredibly blessed that we will now have three contemplative communities of nuns in our diocese. We welcome the Carmelite nuns from Nebraska whose lives of prayer and asceticism in the cloister remind all of us of our call to holiness.

“To these Sisters, I extend my deep gratitude for their coming to our diocese and for their prayers for all of us. Their presence and prayers are a gift to us from the Lord! May God the Father bless these, His daughters, consecrated for the glory of His Name,” the bishop said.

Mother Teresa of Jesus, Prioress of the Valparaiso, Nebraska Carmelite community expressed these thoughts, “We are very excited and grateful to make a foundation in the Diocese of Harrisburg.“True to our Carmelite vocation our main work is our prayer life. We are praying for Bishop Rhoades, the clergy and all the faithful of the Diocese of Harrisburg, and we will do even more so upon our arrival.

...The new foundation of Carmelite nuns comes from the Diocese of Lincoln.They came there in 1999, with roots reaching back to Las Vegas, San Francisco in the United States, Guadalajara and Puebla in Mexico, and Caravaca in Spain. The monastery in Caravaca was one of the original foundations of St. Teresa of Avila. When they arrive, the nuns will be living temporarily in St. Peter Convent on West Avenue in Mount Carmel while they work to ready the monastery for habitation...."

Remember, ladies that there is already one Australian in this community (please do keep her in your prayers). A few more and maybe their next foundation could be in Oz....


Son of Trypho said...

I wonder how these nuns would compare against the "feral" nuns in the proposed reviews being conducted in the near future? It would be interesting to see if the differences are brought out in the review.
It would be interesting to see some feedback from the "feral" nuns explaining why their orders are essentially dying whilst these conservative ones are growing.

Btw - why is 21 the usual number? Is that a limitation due to the facilities or some preference/rule? Couldn't they just expand the convent to accomodate the greater numbers?

Terra said...

Actually contemplatives aren;'t covered by the review of religious life going in the US, only actives. And not all actives are feral!

The number limit comes from St Teresa's constitutions - of course these days there are a few practical issues like finances that have to be addressed before new foundations can be made!

Sparki said...

Keep praying!

Even after the 11 sisters go to Harrisburg, the Nebraska community will have 22, one more then they are supposed to have. I spoke to Mother on Monday personally, and she said that after the first of the year, they'll need to start praying again for where their next foundation will be.

Five new sisters were just received into the community this month...two last summer...Mother says they have quite a few young ladies writing and discerning a potential calling.

So if you need them in Australia as much as we need them in the U.S., pray, pray, pray!