Monastery of St. John of the Cross
With the approval and blessing of Archbishop Donald Bolen of Regina, and after 17 years of hard work, prayer and discernment, this Traditional community of Carmelite contemplatives is in the process of being established in this diocese. We will be following the 1990 constitutions of the Discalced Carmelite nuns, with approval and permission of Archbishop Bolen.
We will be using the extraordinary form of the mass, but our monastery will not be of the Tridentine Rite. We are using the Latin mass because of its contemplative nature and the reverence and silence which is important to our cloistered life of silence and solitude. We are not a pre-Vatican II monastery but follow the recommendation of Vatican II that the Tridentine mass remains an important
part of the church’s liturgical celebration.
Our Divine Office will be chanted in English for the most part except for some Gregorian chant which we will also promote during a high mass. We follow the Traditional way of the Carmelite charism of St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila) and St. John of the Cross.
The Monastery is located on sixty acres of land on the Saskatchewan prairies. It includes a large chapel which has recently been completely renovated. The chapel is dedicated to Mary, Mother of Divine Grace. At the present time, the chapel is open only when there is mass scheduled, and the monastery will be open to visitors on designated days to be announced at a later date.
Many thanks to the generous donors who provided for the chapel renovations.
A small wing to be used for discernment visits for young women has also just been completed.
Generous donors have provided for the purchase of the mobile home which will serve as the priest’s residence. We are presently working on installing the electricity, plumbing and heating utilities in the mobile home and will need funds to pay for these services. Any donations toward this would be much appreciated. Approximately $20 – 25,000 will cover these costs.
Following this project, we need to have exterior stairs to the mobile home and fencing for privacy and to ensure the observance of the enclosure for the nuns.
The funds needed for the fence and the stairs which would be made of pressure treated wood is $6,000 which includes taxes. Eventually, a picture of the priest’s resident will replace the drawing below.
Donations toward the actual building of the main monastery would also be appreciated. Details regarding plans and financial projections will be available at a later date here and on this website.
If you wish to contribute to the building and establishment of the monastery, please send your gift to the address on the Contact page.
Any donation or help would be much appreciated.