In follow up to last week’s post, this post highlights the other new Carmelite community in the Diocese of Harrisburg.
In 2007, a group of Discalced Carmelites moved into a vacated monastery in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. Its formal name is the Carmel Of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Due to a significant increase in vocations, the Carmel requested permission to branch out, which was granted by Bishop Gainer. Land was purchased in Fairfield, Pennsylvania, which is located in Adams County near Gettysburg.
The community is constructing a new monastery using traditional methods that relies on heavy stones and wood timbers. It is intended to be self-sustaining community that will last many years.
They broke ground earlier this summer, and Bishop Gainer presided over a special mass and ceremony of enclosure in July. Nine nuns are on site now, living in trailers. It has been a very hot and rainy summer in these parts, so I am sure it has not been very comfortable. The Hermits referenced in my prior post are located nearby and offer Mass for the nuns and hear their confessions, I believe.
Like the Hermits in the prior post, this community embraces the traditional rule and charism of the Carmelites. The nuns are enclosed, wear the habit, pray and fast regularly, and perform manual labor. They do not run any profit-making business, and are dependent on donations.
They have a very nice website here, and there are opportunities to donate time, money or skilled or (unskilled) labor.
Here is a link to another website where you can donate your time or supplies to help the nuns or the hermits.