Bp. Paul Etienne of Cheyenne was the monastery of the Wyoming Carmelites to ordain one of the men to the diaconate. He made some great comments in his blog (HERE) about the monks and the monastery they are building.
The bishop posted a great photo of what they have built so far. Thus, Bp. Etienne:
At present, there are 16 members of the Mt. Carmel community in Wyoming, and after the day I have spent with them, I can tell you they enjoy a vibrant spirit. The love of Christ is very much alive within this cloister! Over the years of my observations of this fledgling community, I can see a sure and certain maturity. They are a gift to the Church.
As most of this readership knows, the Mt. Carmel monks began construction of their new monastery two years ago. We visited the site late this afternoon to check on construction progress. The monks are hard at work, carving the limestone and sandstone that will cover all of the buildings. They are also laying the stone in place themselves.
With the winter season now behind us (I hope!) construction is kicking into high gear once again. Tomorrow, they will begin digging the foundations of their monastery church, one of the last buildings of the campus to enter construction phase. The refectory, chapter house, porters office and hermitages are fully under roof, and the foundations are now in place for the infirmary. Once in full gear, the job-site will employ approximately fifty laborers.
In the coming days, they will have four stone-cutting machines in full operation. As you can imagine, it will take tons of stone to cover the exterior of all of the buildings. Below is a photo of the north side of the refectory building, giving you an example of just how much these monks have learned over the past two years, and the quality of their workmanship. They are building a monastery of which the church can be proud. And this bishop is quite impressed with the ‘temple’ they have already built within their community.
This is the refectory. Wow. I have got to visit them sometime.
Meanwhile… when you buy their coffee and tea and other items, you help them to build. You also help me.
Friends, if you are buying coffee and for your office, use my link. If you are buying for your parish coffee and donuts, use my link. If you are buying for yourself… you get the idea. And they have K-cups, which I have used. HERE
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