By Reagan Scott
AGNEW (SNR) - In 2001, the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph was established in Agnew, marking the arrival of the Carmelite Sisters who transferred to the Diocese of Lincoln from Las Vegas. Since then, they have served the diocese through prayer and presence.
Since their move to Lincoln, the Carmelite Sisters have already grown enough to start four new foundations. The first was founded in Elysburg, Penn. in 2009, and the second in Kensington, Calif. in 2013.
In 2017, a third foundation was established in Post Falls, Idaho, and seven sisters were sent to Philadelphia, to help restart the monastery there. In 2019, four sisters will be sent to Australia to begin a new foundation there.
Each day, the sisters rise at 4:30 a.m. to pray Lauds, the first hour of the Divine Office. They spend their days in prayer, completing household tasks and growing in community. The Carmelites see everything as a chance to please the Lord and show charity to one another.
Like the Pink Sisters, the Carmelite Sisters offer up many prayers for the intentions of those in the Diocese.
The Carmel Chapel is open to visitors from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Mass is celebrated in the extraordinary form and is held at 7 a.m. on weekdays, and at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All are welcome.
“I encourage people to look at visiting as a spiritual pilgrimage,” Monsignor Thorburn, the order’s chaplain, said. “People can celebrate Mass or come spend time in prayer during the day.”