Today, Bishop Columba shared his thoughts on the new Carmel on his Facebook page:
In the 1980’s the Carmel closed its doors in our Diocesan town of Parkes when amalgamating with Dulwich Hill Carmel community. Despite this, after being approached by the Discalced Carmelites in Nebraska and Pennsylvania after Ecclesiastical approval from Rome and by my invitation, the Carmel (Please God) will found its foundations once again here in our Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes. It is an exciting thought to have a powerhouse of prayer in the Diocese once again, providing prayerful consolation for our clergy and Diocese who live in a vast and dry land. These nuns will live a strict life of prayer and solitude and following the Liturgical forms of 1962 (The Extraordinary Form).
But for this they will need your assistance as they will be self funding. Please check out http://carmeljmj.org.au/ for more details on how you can support this wonderful opportunity for the Church in Wilcannia-Forbes but also for all Australia.
Also accompanying the Bishop’s message was a photo of the front page of Sydney’s Catholic Weekly, which includes a story about the new Monastery.