CLARK, Wyo. (AP) – Carmelite monks held a festive Mass before beginning a new life in a new monastery.
Roman Catholic Bishop David Ricken officiated at the Mass last week at Saint Barbaras Catholic Church in Powell. Several priests, monks and members of the local Knights of Columbus also took part in the ceremony attended by over 400 people.
Father Daniel Mary initiated monastic life in the monastery with another Carmelite monk, Brother Michael Mary, who was installed and received his habit at the Mass.
The Mass was celebrated on the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila. The feast is dedicated to a Spanish saint from the Middle Ages who felt that monks of the Carmelite monastery, which began in 1150, had lost their zeal.
Pointing out that Wyoming has the nation’s fifth-highest suicide rate, Ricken said people need to be inspired.
”They have no vision. They have no hope. The new monastery and the parish’s involvement are lighting a flame of faith to scatter the darkness,” he said.