In a small city in southwestern Pennsylvania, the Carmel of the Assumption planted its roots in Latrobe in 1961. Eight Carmelite nuns arrived from Lorretto, Pennsylvania to establish a new foundation in the diocese of Greensburg.
It was Bishop William Connare, the second bishop of our diocese – which is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother under the title of the Assumption – who invited us to begin the new monastery under that same title, naming the new monastery the Carmel of the Assumption.
The land for the monastery was purchased because of its proximity to the Benedictine Archabbey of St. Vincent. The monks have served as our chaplains, confessors and spiritual directors from the very beginning; a blessing for which we have never ceased to praise the Lord.
At the present time our community numbers eleven nuns. We come from many parts of the country, not only from Pennsylvania.
As the original mansion deteriorated we had it demolished in order to complete our monastery by extending westward from the work-wing adding a new Chapel, sacristy, bedrooms, kitchen, refectory, library, recreation room, infirmary section, and guest rooms. By Christmas of 1982 we began to move into our new building which was completed by the dedication of our beautiful new chapel on March 25, 1983.
St. Teresa encouraged her daughters to fidelity to the eremitical dimension of our Carmelite life. This inspired us to construct two hermitages on our property to provide a place for the Sisters’ annual personal retreat. With a few helpers, the Sisters, with hammer and saw in hand, built these hermitages in 1972 and 1985, from materials salvaged from our previous building projects. When we retire in solitude our intercessory prayer for all our benefactors abounds in thanksgiving for the blessing of these hermitages.