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Carmelite Nun to Take Vows
The public is invited to attend the solemn profession of Sr. Pia Trinita on Sunday, Sept. 22 at a 2:pm Mass at the Carmelite Monastery, 3501 Silver Lake Road in Traverse City. Bishop Bernard Hebda will be principal celebrant and Archabbot Lambert Reilly OSB will be the homilist.
Sister Pia will receive visitors after Mass, and on Sept. 23, 24 and 25 from 2:30 to 4:30pm.
The Carmelite Order, which stresses simplicity, contemplation and prayer, was founded in the 11th century on the slopes of Mt. Carmel, in what is now Israel, and spread rapidly through Europe during the Middle Ages. In the 16 century it was reformed by two of the Catholic Churchs most noted mystical writers, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. Today there are thousands of Carmelite sisters and brothers in 960 monasteries around the world, including three other Michigan communities in Iron Mountain, near Detroit and outside Grand Rapids.
The Traverse City monastery traces its origins to a Mexican nuns desperate prayer when she faced a firing squad during a wave of anti-Catholic persecution in 1914. Mother Mary Elias miraculously escaped death, and went on to bring her community safely to Grand Rapids.
As members of a cloistered, contemplative order, Carmelite sisters spend their days in private and liturgical prayer, spiritual reading, and domestic tasks such as baking Communions wafers. They don't leave the monastery except for rare occasions such as doctor appointments.