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On August 12, 1954, four nuns holding one-way tickets for Reno, Nevada, left the Carmelite Monastery in Indianapolis. The next four nuns followed a few days later, and our Carmelite life took root in a small house on 829 North Virginia Street on the Feast of St. Bartholomew.

Bishop Robert J. Dwyer, delighted that his invitation had becomea reality, encouraged us in our search for land to build a permanent monastery. In time, nineteen acres were purchased in southwest Reno and we moved into our new monastery in 1958.

This stage of our journey was well in place when four years later, the Second Vatican Council opened, calling the whole Church to renewal. Over the next years, and even now, we continue to pray, study and work to incorporate these teachings into our lived experience.

STJ500 Celebration August 21-23, San Jose, CA

 The Discalced Carmelite Family of the Western U.S. invites the public to attend The Creative Spiritual Genius of St. Teresa of Avila Today, taking place in San Jose, Calif., August 21 through 23. This three-day celebration will feature presentations by each branch of the Discalced Carmelite Order (Nuns, Friars, Seculars, Affiliates), a banquet, a special Eucharistic celebration and three world premieres: A concert, which will include an opera scene composed and performed by world-renowned Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick; and two virtual choirs comprised of members of the Discalced Carmelite Order from around the world.

 Located in downtown San José, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph will be the setting for an evening concert in the Spirit of St. Teresa and a Eucharistic celebration where we gather in gratitude to God for the gift of her life and charism.  At the Fairmont San José (across the street), original and multi-faceted presentations by each branch of the Discalced Carmelite Order will reflect the living spirit of St. Teresa embodied in our world today.

 For further information, and to register for the San Jose event, please visit

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