Chapel Renovation Update from the Carmelite Sisters in Traverse City

The Carmelite Sisters in Traverse City sent out a flyer for their upcoming Triduum in honor of St. Therese scheduled for September 29 to October 1, 2012. The guest celebrant and homilist will be Archabbot Lambert Reilly, O.S.B., and Mass will be at 7:00pm each day.

Also included was an update on the renovation of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus of Prague. I've scanned in the update for those of you that aren't on their mailing list. You can also view more photos of the renovation at

Here's the update (click for a larger view)...

Please keep the sisters in your prayers. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Pray for Us!

Support Our Carmelite Sisters in Traverse City

Yesterday, I posted about the benefit dinner to help support the new chapel for the Carmelite Monastery in Traverse City. After posting that I was sent more information on the benefit dinner, the chapel renovation, and the annual golf outing in June. So here you go...

Letter from the Carmelite Nuns [PDF]

Monastery Chapel Brochure [PDF]

Donation Card

Golf Outing Invitation [PDF]

Also here are some links about the Carmelite Order, the Chapel Renovation, and Religious Life...

Association of monasteries to which the Carmelite Nuns of Traverse City belong:

About architect Duncan Stroik: (The chapel renovation is now posted on the home page!)

About cloistered nuns and monks:

About a vocation to religious life:

Dinner to Benefit the Carmelite Monastery Chapel Renovation

On Friday, May 11th, a benefit titled "Everyone Can Help Build Something Beautiful For God" will take place to help with the renovation of the Carmelite Monastery Chapel. The evening will begin with Holy Mass celebrated by Bishop Hebda in the Monastery Chapel at 5:00 pm. Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will follow at the Traverse City Golf & Country Club beginning at 6:00 pm. Dinner will be at 7:00 pm, followed by dessert and an auction at 8:00 pm.

Duncan Stroik Carmelite Monastery

New Chapel Design by Duncan Stroik
Photo courtesy of Kankakee Latin Mass Community

Architect Duncan Stroik will showcase the renovation design at the dinner. Tickets are a $100 donation per person and can be reserved by emailing or by calling 231-645-8276. Email or pick up a brochure at the Monastery to learn more. Donations of all sizes are needed and will be prayerfully appreciated.

More info on the Traverse City Carmelite Monastery Renovations

More information was sent in by a reader of the Latin Mass Community of Kankakee Blog about the Traverse City Carmelite Monastery Renovations.

Here's the beginning of the story...

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Duncan G. Stroik is one of the foremost church architects in the English-speaking world, the acknowledged leader of a growing movement to return classical ideas of beauty and harmony to sacred architecture.

His recent commissions have included the 2008 Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI, the 2009 Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA and the renovation of St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, SD. A professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame, he authored the book Reconquering Sacred Space and is editor of the professional journal Sacred Architecture.

But his latest project is a tiny chapel for a small community of cloistered Carmelite nuns who live, work and pray at the Monastery of the Infant Jesus of Prague, in the northern Michigan resort town of Traverse City. Although the chapel is also open to visitors for daily Masses and prayer — and has a loyal following among local residents — it is central to the life of the monastic community.

"The beautification of the monastery chapel is exactly the type of project that we love to do," said Stroik. "The sisters have a great love of beauty, of the liturgy and of tradition, and want to do something worthy of Christ. I love that the project is in Traverse City because it gives me a great excuse to travel up there. The fascinating part of the project is the sisters’ desire that the sanctuary be designed to be beautiful and inspiring from the nave as well as from their cloister chapel."