This was announced a few months ago, but for some reason just trickled across my news feed today:
In today’s world, life moves at a rapid pace with technology right at our fingertips. There never seems to be any moment for peace and quiet in the “full-speed ahead” atmosphere of current times. But at the Monastery of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel here — far removed from the hustle and bustle of the world — things are much different. Here fingertips are used to pray the rosary, rather than send a text message. Behind its closed walls, Discalced Carmelite sisters, a contemplative religious order, spend their day praying for all in the Church and the world. Bishop Serratelli went to the monastery on Madison Avenue, one of Morristown’s busiest thoroughfares, to celebrate Mass on New Year’s Day and to hear the good news that the community’s growth will allow a new community to be created in Malta, a southern European island country. Currently, there are 21 cloistered sisters living in the Carmel. The capacity of the monastery is 18, and with several more young women interested in the formation process, the contemplative religious order is ready to form a new community in Malta. Mother Therese Katulski, prioress of the monastery, said, “We are grateful to God to see this growth within our community. Just a few years ago, we only had a few nuns and now, so many want to seek this contemplative vocation. This is an actual miracle to see this happen.” Five sisters in the Morristown Carmel will be moving to Malta to serve the Church there, which has deep Catholic roots going back to the time when St. Paul the Apostle was shipwrecked there. While there is a strong Catholic presence in Malta, similar to many other European countries, times are changing rapidly.
Photo: Joe Gigli / The Beacon / Diocese of Paterson