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"An Afternoon at the Monastery"
Throughout the world, Catholics are celebrating the “Year of Consecrated Life.” Pope Francis called for this special observance to “Wake up the world” and share the power of the Gospel through the witness of the lives of all consecrated persons. Have you ever wondered what a brother or sister does all day? What would make young women or men give up family, home or career to dedicate their life to God? The Carmelite Nuns in Traverse City invite everyone to come find out during “An Afternoon at the Monastery” on Sunday, April 19, 2015.
The Sisters are preparing to welcome families, youth groups, individuals -- anyone who would like to learn more about the lives of those who have promised to follow Christ through the vows of poverty chastity and obedience throughout history. Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the saints who were inspired first to follow the call and the men and women to continue to follow in their footsteps today.
Beginning at 1:00 p.m., visitors may take a self-tour of the new chapel and view a special exhibit, “Heralds of Holiness.” The exhibit presents a history of Consecrated Life, describing many communities of men and women of God at the heart of the Church today. (The exhibit will also remain on display at the monastery through Tuesday, April 21, for others who would like to view it.)
At 2:30 p.m., Fr. Don Geyman, Vocations Director for the Diocese of Gaylord, will celebrate Mass in the Chapel. After the Mass, refreshments will be served. At the same time students in seventh grade or above and adults will have a special opportunity to visit with the nuns personally in the speakroom to ask questions about daily life in the monastery and the gift of religious life. Younger guests will be guided downstairs for a movie and may review a new children’s book explaining religious life titled, “Of Bells and Cells.”
The afternoon will conclude with the praying of Vespers at 4:45 p.m.
R.S.V.P.’s are not required, but would be greatly appreciated. Call 231.946.4960 or use the contact form available on the monastery’s website at www.carmeloftraversecity.org. In an effort to accommodate as many as possible for question and answer sessions, groups may also request to meet with the nuns during the 1:00-2:15 timeframe when they R.S.V.P.
The Carmelite Monastery of the Infant Jesus of Prague was founded in in Traverse City in 1950. The nuns of the monastery live as a cloistered community and have dedicated their lives to prayer, especially for priests. The monastery is located at 3501 Silver Lake Road in Traverse City. A flyer may be downloaded below for more information.