Monastery of St. John of the Cross
With the approval and blessing of Archbishop Donald Bolen of Regina, and after 18 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.
Pope Benedict XVI also wrote the Apostolic Letter (SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM) which states: ” Art 1. It is therefore permitted to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass following the typical edition of the Roman Missal, which was promulgated by Blessed John XXIII in 1962 and never abrogated, as an extraordinary form of the the Church’s Liturgy. Art 3. If communities of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, whether of pontifical or diocesan right, wish to celebrate the conventual or community Mass in their own oratories according to the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal, they are permitted to do so.”
Our Divine Office will be chanted in English for the most part except for some Gregorian chant which we will also be sung 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. Our liturgy is adapted to the simplicity of our life and the depth of our prayer.
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 will now serve as our Novitiate and will be completely cloistered.
Generous donors have provided for the purchase of the mobile home which will serve as the priest’s residence. The mobile home is now completed and our resident priest has arrived from B.C. and is celebrating the Tridentine mass each morning in the monastery chapel. We are most grateful for all donations and support from friends of the Monastery.
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 two sets of stairs which would be made of pressure treated wood is $6,000 which includes taxes. See priest’s residence 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.
HOME OF RESIDENT PRIEST (Beside Monastery)