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9th Annual Golf Tournament 2016!

October 5, 2014

The 9th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit our Carmelite Nuns!

September 26th, 2016 at Willowbend Golf Club, Wichita Kansas

To sign up, please click on the following link to download the form: Golf Tournament Entry Form 2016

A Friend of the Carmelite Nuns, Jim Benck, stands next to the ten-foot tall pour-in-place concrete wall that forms the front of the enclosure. Eventually, one more wall will be needed to enclose the entire forty acres. The Golf Tournament is a fundraiser to help with construction costs of a monastery.


Please Support the Construction of a Carmelite Monastery for our Diocese!

July 17, 2012

“Please support the construction with an offering according to your means, big or small; each gift is precious and necessary; also your prayers, your skills, your support, and your good will!”


A Brief History of Our Discalced Carmelite Nuns

Bishop Eugene Gerber had been praying for a contemplative order of nuns for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita. When the bishop of Gallup, New Mexico could no longer guarantee a chaplain to celebrate daily Mass, Bishop Thomas Olmsted invited the seven nuns to our diocese. They settled into a house in rural Clearwater on January 24, 2001, enclosed as The Monastery of Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Guadalupe.   Unfortunately, when heavy rains came, the chapel and living area flooded frequently. A severe mold problem developed causing serious illness among the nuns and necessitated relocation. Bishop Jackels requested our nuns move within five miles of the Spiritual Life Center so that a retired priest could easily travel to celebrate daily Mass.


A Look at the Nuns’ Mission: To Honor Our Lady

Mother Rose Marie OCD, and all our Nuns say, “Thank you for all you do to honor Our Lady, since Carmel began with this purpose, your support honors Our Blessed Mother. In gratitude to our friends and benefactors for their love, prayers, and donations, a novena of prayers and Masses will be offered for them in our chapel in preparation for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and other Solemnities throughout the year.”

Today, these eight humble Carmelite nuns are completely dedicated to a life of prayer and loving self-sacrifice through obedience and labor behind the walls of their Papal Enclosure. The nuns follow the updated and Vatican-approved Constitutions (a guide for monastic observance) of St. Teresa of Avila that includes vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Our five fully professed nuns, two young novices, and one posstulant live a cloistered life, a life they freely chose in order to offer themselves as a form of prayer for others and to be united totally to God, living as brides of Christ.(The novices are from St Anthony Parish of Wichita and Argentina. The postulant is from Venezuela). Mother Mary of the Angels, who died Nov. 20, 2011, after 40 years in Carmel, said, “We live with an indescribable happiness, make daily sacrifices, and are here for the love of God and for the love of souls. Our mission is to pray for the Holy Church, the priests, and the world, and to be the heart of our Church…” Mother Ann Marie, who succeeded the Foundress, passed away on May 14, 2013 after 41 years in Carmel. “Our dear Mothers continue interceding along with Our Lady to Our Lord for all our Priests and benefactors.”

To help support themselves, they bake and sell granola in three-pound bags and maple almonds in one-pound bags. Both are priced at $24. Other items for sale include: embroidered tea towels (sold in sets of three), handmade cards and religious items. This provides a modest income for the monastery.


Where They Are Now

The diocese gave our nuns a one-time donation to help with the purchase of the higher priced property northeast of Wichita in rural Valley Center. Along with the money the nuns had saved from the sale of their property in Gallup, NM, they were able to purchase 40 acres and a modular home with a basement at 7445 N. Woodlawn (about 4 miles north of the Spiritual Life Center). Our nuns moved from Clearwater in November 2009. The first phase of construction will include the nun’s choir(chapel), a sacristy, a parlor/turn, and a concrete enclosure wall. The front portion of the wall is now in place. Additional phases are planned as funds become available. Construction of a permanent chapel is desired next.


What We Can Do to Help

Bishop Gerber said, “They ask hardly anything for themselves. They just depend on Divine Providence. Their presence is a strong witness.  It’s a countercultural witness; it’s a religious witness, and beyond that, they’re praying and sacrificing for the Church, especially for the diocese they are in.”


Because so much of their time is dedicated to prayer, donations are gratefully accepted from all who wish to become benefactors of the monastery. Msgr. Hemberger explained, “The Nuns are not tied to the diocese financially or by assignment.”


In thanksgiving to God for the spiritual benefits our nuns obtain for our diocese, the “Friends of the Carmelites Nuns” began in 2007. They help the nuns with some of their day-to-day needs, organize an annual golf tournament, raffles, parish granola sales, and more. For information about this group, you may contact Jerry Cornejo (316) 305-3051, Mary DeGraffenreid at (316) 655-3398, or en Español, Dora Chavira (316) 390-3950.


To submit prayer requests, confirm Mass times, obtain information, place orders or mail a tax-deductible donation:

Discalced Carmelite Monastery
7445 N. Woodlawn
P.O. Box 278
Valley Center, KS 67147

(316) 744-2652
(maintained by friends)

Mother Rose Marie wants to express their gratitude to the diocese for their spiritual and material support. May God bless you!

Golf Tournament 2011 Highlights

August 27, 2011

The Fourth Annual Benefit Golf Tournament  for our Carmelite nuns was held on August 15, 2001 at Willowbend golf  club in Wichita, KS. This was  a wonderful day for the 59 golfers which included 16 diocesan priests. Below are the team and individual placements and the pictures (random order)  from the tournament:

1st Place, with a score of 56: Fr. Befort, Mike Flores, Dean Leddy, and Tom Keehn
2nd Place, tie with a score of 60: Ryan Andes, Sal Salvador, John Hogan, and Phil Williams
2nd Place, tie with a score of 60: Brian McGinley, Ron DeGraffenreid, Mark Moss, and Brandon Knowles
3rd Place, with a score of 61: Jeff Dahlgren, Ron Harnden, Tyler Heffron, and Grant Glasgow

Longest putt on #10: Fr. Jirak
Longest drive on #6: Brian McGinley
Closest to the pin on #4: Fr. Befort
Closest to the pin on #8: Fr. Jirak
Closest to the pin on #12: Fr. Carney
Closest to the pin on #17: Fr. Eckberg

Thanks to all our golfers and congratulations to the winners!

Many thanks to all who sponsored by making monetary donations to the Monastery, those who provided food and beverages for the golfers, and the untold hours the “Friends of the Carmelite Nuns” worked to make this day so successful and fun! We are grateful to Fr. Edmond Kline, the chaplain for the Carmelites, for his presence and help. The profit from the tournament is currently over $12,000.

Benefit Golf Tournament

August 4, 2011

The “Friends of the Carmelite Nuns” invite you to support the construction of the carmelite monastery for our diocese by playing and/or sponsoring in The 9th Annual Golf Tournament. This year, proceeds will help with the construction costs of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns and the completion of the concrete wall that encloses their 40 acres. Holy Mass is currently celebrated in a small manufactured home; this is where they pray, work, and live. For more information, download the entry/sponsor form below.

Golf Tournament Entry Form 2016

Carmelite Monastery Construction

August 4, 2011

Let Us Build a House for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel; a House in Her Honor!

“Come and help them in the work of building a monastery, because ladies are yet to dwell here who will glorify our Heavenly Father throughout His Holy, Universal Church by their celebrated and holy manner of life.”

Carmelite Monastery Construction Brochure 2011

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