The Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph is under construction in Fairfield, Pennsylvania, which is about two hours from Washington, DC. MaryKate and I contributed to their campaign to build a monastery “to last a thousand years:”
The Fairfield Carmelites describe themselves and and their project:
ABOUT THE NUNS: Steeped in the rich tradition of their heritage, these Discalced Carmelites in the rural farmlands of Pennsylvania live out the centuries-old rule of their Holy Founders, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. Completely in communion with the Roman Catholic Church and under the approval of the diocesan Bishop of Harrisburg, the nuns trace their roots back to sixteenth century Spain and seventeenth century Mexico. They are one of six other traditional foundations from the Carmel in Valparaiso, Nebraska. The Carmelite charism of prayer is the backbone of this monastery. Living a life of solitude, prayer, and sacrifice, the nuns’ primary mission is to pray for the Church and its priests. They are the Heart of the Church — beating with continuous prayer and sacrifice, bringing the vital flow of grace to the other members of the Mystical Body of Christ.
ABOUT THE PROJECT: Delving into their rich Carmelite history of architecture and tradition, the Nuns are seeking to re-create the beauty of the monasteries of old. This monastery is being built around a traditional courtyard with the Church standing in its center. The outdoor cloisters (monastic terminology for hallways) connect the different sections of the monastery. On the perimeter are fields and pastures for crops and livestock. Following in the footsteps of their Holy Mother, St. Teresa of Avila, the new monastery farmstead is designed on a small scale, meant for a family-sized religious community. Keeping in line with the local historical architecture of the Gettysburg area, the monastery is being constructed using only the authentic materials and craftsmanship of our forefathers. Stone masonry, timber framing, slate, and plaster are used to recreate the simple and humble style of our American heritage.
It will take at least another 10 years to complete their monastery. Contributions help them achieve this work for the glory of God and the sanctification of His people.