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Sister Ann

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Sister Claire

Sister Claire

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During my years as a professional musician I felt something was missing. When I discovered Carmel I knew I had come home. The life of prayer has served to unlock a world within me that I never knew existed. In this space of vulnerability to the Holy, I am slowly being transformed into a different sort of musician…one whose very life seeks to echo the Beauty of the Divine in our world.
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Sister Maria

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I will be forever grateful for the legacy of the Carmelite life that had come down to us relatively unchanged over 400 years, and for the priceless opportunity that the Second Vatican Council gave us to renew and adapt our life in our time and place.

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Sister Michael

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Shortly after graduating from high school in Dayton, Ohio, I traveled to Indianapolis to apply for entrance to the Carmelite Monastery there. I spent ten years as a member of the Community there. In 1956 help was needed for the new Foundation in Reno, NV. and I came to Reno to do that for a year, (which turned into a more permanent stay and I am still a member of the Reno Community. ) At 88 years, I have been blessed to have had a long and checkered career, learning to do things I would never have dreamed of and, hopefully, advancing gracefully into old age.


Sister Susan

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I came to our high desert monastery in 1994, my heart filled with gratitude for the 35 years I had the privilege of being a Sister of Notre Dame. The last 14 of those years I lived and worked among the people of rural West Virginia. This was a life changing experiences that confirmed the importance of caring for the poor, our earth, and all of creation. Many enriching experiences guided me on the journey to Carmel. The contemplative lifestyle I experienced in the Reno Carmel and the inclusive spirit of this community led me to join them. This community along with many friends and our extended community have blessed my life beyond measure. It is with a humble and grateful heart that I continue on this journey doing what I can to leave an imprint of the Gospel upon our earth.


Sister Carol

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“I have come to cast fire on the earth and how I wish it were already kindled.” (Luke 12:4) This scripture quote is always a driving force in my life.


Sister Clorinda

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“Beauty will save the world.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Sister Marie-Louise

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Coming from a Catholic family, and sitting in my grandfather’s library I was exposed to the mystics, Carmelite saints, silent prayer, to social justice, and openness to inquiry at every level. Artists and musicians and writers were plentiful in the family, but my father especially gave us some scientific “spice.” We had a plentiful share of tragedies, but in time they always revealed themselves as the hidden side of grace. After years in graduate school, I enjoyed teaching college students, subsequently doing college Administration and then full-time Pastoral ministry. All along there was this underlying draw to Carmelite life. I entered Reno Carmel in my 40’s and have celebrated by Silver Jubilee here. It has been a continual journey of joyful discovery: of the love of God, the community of the sisters, the people who are part of our extended community here and gifts beyond measure.


Sister Rosey

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Sister Cecelia

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In the body there is a little shrine.

In that shrine there is a lotus.

In that lotus there is a little space.

What is it that lives in that little space?

The whole universe is in that little space,

Because the Creator, the source of it all,

Is in the heart of each one of us.”

I find these verses from Upanishads describe me quite well as a person and as a Carmelite, what I believe and witness with my life.

Although my family background and surroundings were very Catholic from my birth, I don’t recall any moment that I wished to become a nun. Yet, my innate attraction to inner life and the urgent longing for liberation from self in order to love freely led me to religious life and Carmel was “IT”. This longing has remained a dominant force in me all along.

I entered Carmel in South Korea in 1981, transferred to Carmel of Clinton Twp. (Michigan) in 2001 and made another transition to Carmel of Reno in 2011. Each step of the journey has been so enriching. In Reno, I have finally come home, at home with myself, at home with the world, and at home with God. So my life of contemplation, love and gratitude goes on . . . toward ever growing integration with the Whole in our evolving world.


Sister Joan

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“I will be here for you.” — Sister Joan Sister Joan pens her own blog that you can read by clicking on the above link.

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Sister Mary

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Sister Sa Ra

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I am a Carmelite sister, and I want to live not by what I feel or by my experiences gained in day light, but by faith though I walk in the unknowing night. I believe when I see with the eyes of faith and love, I am seeing in the mystery of night in order to be united with God.
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How Carmel of Reno Was Founded

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 become a 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.

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