|Meet the Byzantine Rite Carmelites|
|Written by Sherry|
|Wednesday, 03 December 2008 06:48|
It is fitting, in light of our conversations lately about practical and spiritual ecumenicism between Catholic and Orthodox, that I stumbled across this interesting site: the only Byzantine Catholic Carmel in the US:
I love this story from their website:
It is recorded in the Life of Pope John XXIII that when he was Apostolic Nuncio in Istanbul an old Armenian priest questioned him: "Excellency, what is the great sin against the Holy Spirit?" To which query the Archbishop replied, "Your Reverence tell me". "The division in the Church" was the old priest's answer.
That incident has been reported as the origin of the Vatican II Council. At any rate we may safely say that Church unity has been the great desire of the 20th century pontiffs. It is also the reason for the foundation of Holy Annunciation Monastery - that Carmel be not the gift to, the possession of only the Western Church, but that the spirit of Teresa and John and the Carmelite charism be open to women of the Catholic East.
The community is quite large for a Carmel (15) and multi-cultural and multi-rite in background: the US, Slovakia, Carpathia, and India (5 sisters of the Malabar rite are part of the community). Reconciliation seems to be one of their charisms.
The community supports itself by breeding the most gorgeous little horses. One little horse, only 24 inches high, apparently serves as a therapy horse during Christmas. I'm sure she is a hit where-ever she goes.