The Discalced Carmelite Nuns, who reside at 7445 N. Woodlawn in Valley Center, transferred from New Mexico in 2001.
Since then, they have blessed the diocese through their prayer, penance, and presence. They are one of several groups of cloistered Carmelites who have begun foundations in recent years in several states including Nebraska, California, Pennsylvania, and Idaho.
Each day the sisters rise very early in the morning to pray Lauds, the first hour of the Divine Office. This is followed by work, rest, recreation, study, meals, and community living. Daily Mass is the focal point of the day. The Divine Office is prayed in its entirety at specific times of the day. The sisters see everything as a chance to please our Lord and show charity to one another.
Like so many of our wonderful cloistered orders here in this country, the Carmelite sisters offer up many prayers for the intentions of those in the Diocese of Wichita. Mass is usually celebrated at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All are welcome. Their humble little chapel is decorated beautifully each day as a way of honoring their Lord and King.
At the present time, the sisters are temporarily housed in prefabricated structures arranged as a suitable monastery. A permanent concrete wall, which is required by Canon Law for cloistered religious, has already been constructed around their property. Previously the sisters lived in a farmhouse near Clearwater, near the Schulte and Clonmel area, and after some years, they relocated to their present location.
“I encourage our diocesan family to look at visiting the monastery as a spiritual pilgrimage,” Fr. Michael Peltzer, their chaplain said. “People can attend Mass or come spend some time in prayer during the day, or bring a welcome list of special intentions or petitions for the sisters to add to their daily prayers.”
In the meantime, for us to enjoy this wonderful blessing for years and generations to come, a new monastery will be necessary and important for the spiritual well being of not only this community, but also for the whole diocesan family, Father said.
“How about a special Christmas gift to help make this possible?” he added.