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Watch a guided tour of the New Mount Carmel by Fr. Daniel Mary, Prior of the Carmelite Monks.

History

The history of the New Mount Carmel Foundation.

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Meet the members of the New Mount Carmel Foundation.

Carmelite Monks

The community of monks that will pray and work at the New Mount Carmel.

Our Diocese

Learn more about Bishop Etienne and the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Our Vision

Learn about the vision of the New Mount Carmel.

Mountain Property

Mountain property has been obtained for the New Mount Carmel.

Monks' Monastery

The monastery will be built for the Carmelite Monks at the New Mount Carmel.

Building Plan

See the Building Plan for the monastery at the New Mount Carmel.



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The Carmelite Monks

            The Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel were founded by Bishop David L. Ricken as a Public Association of the Christian Faithful in the Diocese of Cheyenne on October 15, 2003.  Bishop Ricken established the monastery to live the fullness of the Carmelite tradition and way of life as is proper to monks.  The particular charism of the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming rests upon four pillars of equal importance:  Filial Devotion to the Blessed Mother, the Primitive Carmelite Rule, the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the Carmelite Rite, and lastly the Carmelite spirituality and way of life as inspired by Ss. John of the Cross and Teresa of Jesus.  Concretely, the Carmelite Monks are the only monastery of contemplative, cloistered monks within the family of Carmel.  Their life is characterized by prayer and penance, manual labor and a joyful communal way of life much like what you read in the life of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, the “Little Flower”.

            The Carmelite monks ardently desire to be aqueducts of grace for the entire world.  They observe strict enclosure and spend much of their day in solitude.  These religious men dedicate their lives to the imitation of Christ.  They profess the evangelical counsels of obedience, chastity and poverty in keeping with the monastic tradition and they wear the Carmelite habit.  The Carmelites strive to be ever faithful to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, the Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, and their own rich Carmelite liturgical and spiritual tradition. 

            The uniqueness of this particular charism, its complete gift of self, and objective imitation of the way of life of the Carmelite Saints inspires multitudes of vocational inquiries each year.  Since the Carmelite vocation is a divine calling from the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, each vocation is carefully discerned. The monastery only accepts young men between the ages of 18-35 of exceptional moral character and after the necessary background and reference checks have been completed. The Carmelite Monks of Wyoming are truly receiving the highest caliber of young men aspiring to the monastic priesthood and brotherhood.  The generous response of the youth is a particularly clear manifestation of the desires of the Holy Spirit to see this charism flourish for the benefit of us all.  As the monks are quick to say, “There is not a shortage of vocations, but only a shortage of housing.” 

            The monks presently live in a small interim home in Clark, Wyoming designed for a family.  Their small chapel, chapter room, dining room, library and other community rooms are blessedly filled with young monks.  The shortage of space and the many difficulties of trying to live the monastic life in a family home have in a large part inspired the efforts of the New Mount Carmel Foundation, Inc.

            For further information on the Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, please visit their website: www.carmelitemonks.org or support their monastic industry, Mystic Monk Coffee: www.mysticmonkcoffee.com

 

           As professional businessmen, the Directors of the New Mount Carmel Foundation are mindful that every one of us wants to leave his mark in this world. In the last one hundred years, similar projects have only been undertaken a handful of times; this is a unique opportunity to impact the lives of thousands upon thousands, perhaps even millions of souls.  The construction of a gothic monastery requires courage and, yes extensive resources too.  The New Mount Carmel Foundation is seeking magnanimous and generous souls to assist in realizing the Lord’s vision here.  When we simply consider the magnificent monasteries of Europe and the patrons who built these glorious edifices that stand still today, we realize that the patrons of a monastery are people of deep faith.  By their generosity the patrons of old not only provided for us by building monasteries to house monks and nuns to pray for the generations to come, but they also built a worthy dwelling place for our Eucharistic Lord.  It is no wonder that the present monks and nuns now living in the ancient monasteries of Europe continue to pray for the repose of the souls of their founding patrons.  The Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel will do likewise! 

           We each must one day breathe forth our last breath and render an account to the Lord.  Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if Jesus told us on that day that we built His house and the house of His servants by helping to fund a New Mount Carmel of America?  When we ponder the generations and generations of vocations that shall be fulfilled within the monastery’s walls and the countless Holy Masses that shall be offered within the Church, what would we not give to see the Foundation’s vision realized? We hope that God may be calling you to this great work for surely the Lord has indescribable graces and blessings in store for those generous souls who help His religious..

            Whether making a small contribution or a one-time gift, please know that the Foundation is committed to being faithful stewards of all of the resources entrusted to our care.  As a 501(c)3, non-profit corporation, all donations are tax-exempt in-so-far as permitted by law.  An acknowledgement letter from the Board of Directors will promptly be sent to you once your donation has been received and processed.

            If you are sending your contribution by mail, please make your check payable to:  

New Mount Carmel Foundation, Inc.
Post Office Box 2507
Cody, Wyoming 82414

            The New Mount Carmel Foundation, Inc. is keenly aware of its responsibility to its donors. The Board of Directors is committed to eliminate or minimize any expenses that would reduce the funds available for the purchase of mountain property and the construction of the monks’ monastery. By written request and if necessary, the Foundation is prepared to supply its tax-exemption letter from the Internal Revenue Service and a copy of its most recent 990 Filing.  In an effort to protect donors’ privacy, the New Mount Carmel Foundation, Inc. WILL NOT sell or distribute the names and contact information of its donors under any circumstances whatsoever. 

            May God reward your generosity and fill you with joy as we together found a New Mount Carmel in America!  Know that each donor is prayed for by name in the monastery’s dining room; we truly value and appreciate your charity as a gift from God Himself.  THANK YOU!


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