Carmelites Build New Monastery Near Wichita
By Christopher M. Riggs
Construction of a Carmelite monastery has begun north of Wichita.
Mary DeGraffenreid, a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Wichita, said a basement has been poured for the monastery for the 10 Carmelites who will live on 40 acres near Woodlawn and 77th Street North.
DeGraffenreid, who has been assisting the cloistered nuns since their arrival in the Diocese of Wichita in 2001, said Bishop Michael O. Jackels asked the nuns to relocate from their temporary Clearwater monastery, The Monastery of Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Guadalupe, to a location near the Catholic Life Center so that priests living in the Priest Retirement Center would be able to celebrate daily Mass for the nuns. The Clearwater monastery has also been flooded through the years, is in ill-repair, and will likely be demolished.
Donations may be mailed to: Discalced Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 278, Valley Center, KS 67147.
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