Friday Community Highlight: Carmel of Reno

By | Oct 10, 2008

A Carmelite community reformed in the spirit of Vatican II, the Carmel of Reno was begun in 1954 as a foundation from the Indianapolis Carmel. “This stage of our journey was well in place when four years later, the Second Vatican Council opened, calling the whole Church to renewal. Over the next years, and even now, we continue to pray, study and work to incorporate these teachings into our lived experience.”

As Carmelites, of course, their life centers around prayer.  The sisters spend two hours a day in solitary prayer as well as having time for spiritual reading and study.  They have two retreat days each month (for which I believe they have a hermitage set aside), and a week of retreat each year in addition to the community retreat.

The Divine Office is also a centerpiece of the sister’s daily life.  Their chapel is open, and they often have members of the surrounding community join them for Morning and Evening prayers.  They also sponsor contemplative prayer groups for the community, which the sisters facilitate.

Initially supporting themselves with a small printshop, the work of the Carmel has broadened over the years into the sell of their own line of greeting cards designed by the sisters.  Creativity seems to flow within this Carmel, with artists and musicians among the sisters helping to support their life of prayer and contemplation.

The Carmel of Reno’s website is extensive, and you can learn a quite a bit about their life and about each sister individually.  I encourage all of you who feel called to a contemplative vocation to give them a look.  Even if you aren’t called to their lifestyle, check out the webpage anyway.  I’ve looked at and read many, many community websites, and very few really make you feel like you’ve come away with a real knowledge of their life.  This one does.

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