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Nun News: Two Carmels Closed Within Weeks – But There Is a But The Erie Carmelite Monastery which is located just behind the Bishop’s Office and the diocesan administration is scheduled to close. …More
Nun News: Two Carmels Closed Within Weeks – But There Is a But

The Erie Carmelite Monastery which is located just behind the Bishop’s Office and the diocesan administration is scheduled to close. The remaining three nuns will be relocated to other convents. The Carmel was established in 1957 when six Carmelites arrived and founded the Carmel of the Holy Family. The last of the six Carmelites died in April 2016. In the past 20 years, the Carmel has experienced the deaths of eight sisters, four of whom were only in their 50s and 60s. The Vatican Instruction Cor orans is given as a reason for the closure.

Concord Carmel Will Be Closed

The seven elderly Carmelite Sisters of Concord, New Hampshire, have announced that – quote – “we were told that we had to close our monastery.” The monastery is in Manchester Diocese. The group was founded in 1946. Now, most of the sisters have kicked their habit. In a statement on their homepage, the sisters write, “We are living days of turmoil, violence, discouragement, for some, despair, also divisiveness, injustice.” Also in this case, the Vatican Instruction Cor orans is given as a reason for the closure.

Carmelite Mother in Troubles for selling Cure for Skin Cancer

Dublin-born Mother Irene Gibson, a hermit mother superior of the Carmelite Nuns of the Holy Face of Jesus, got in trouble with authorities for selling black salve paste and cough mixture on the Internet. The paste is promoted as a cure for skin cancer and contains wild organic bloodroot which can cause permanent skin damage and tissue necrosis. Gibson, now in her sixties, was Ireland’s first consecrated hermit. She moved to west Cork, Ireland, in 2016 because a Tridentine mass is said there. Gibson has been joined by another nun, Sr Anne Marie, who is in her twenties and from New Zealand. The bishop of Cork and Ross, insisted that the women do not belong to any community connected to the Catholic Church.

Helping People to Enter Religious Life

There are young Catholic college graduates in the United States who cannot become priests, nuns or monks because they have to pay off student loans. Now, there is a solution: The Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations will pay off their loans. The group’s executive director Mary Radford told The Christian Post that the Fund pays the monthly college loans of those aspiring to join a religious order. After the final vows, the Fund pays the remainder of their debt so they can enter. If they don’t join, they can leave without any financial obligation to the Fund.
Dr Bobus
Meanwhile, the Carmelites in Nebraska make foundations.
Ultraviolet
Loving the GTV Anchor's new look. Black is really her colour.
Orthocat
Cor orans isn't the only Francis document that seems directed at disbanding small (usually traditional) religious communities which are particularly contemplative women. Last month a directive forbade bishops from establishing new foundations without explicit Vatican approval. Seems as if globalism even applies to the spiritual life!
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No habit no nun.