Land purchase makes the dream of a second Carmelite foundation in El Salvador possible
By Very Rev. William J. Harry, O. Carm., Prior Provincial
I want to share a exciting new project beginning in El Salvador!
Because of an increasing number of students and the desire to serve a larger portion of the Church in El Salvador, the Carmelites have purchased land (1 manzana/1.72 acres) for the purpose of a second foundation in El Salvador in the very near future.
The land enables us to construct a small sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel as well as a formation house for the professed students. It will also allow us to form a community which is appropriate to the professed students stage in formation. It would also allow us easier access to parishes and religious centers where the Carmelites have not ministered.
Nearby is an additional property of 18 mazanas (30.96 acres) divided into two parcels. It is currently a coffee finca (farm) which has suffered from lack of cultivation in recent years. With the purchase of additional of cocoa plants and fruit trees through the generosity of the members of the Association of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the physical labor of our students, this property will be enhanced to provide a steady income for the Carmelite community’s ministry in El Salvador.
We deeply appreciate any prayerful and financial assistance you can give to this project and the other mission projects currently underway.