On June 27th, with the completion of the first stone building at the new monastery site, the Mother Prioress, Subprioress, and stone craftsman, Neil Rippingale, place a letter in a time capsule, addressing the future generations of nuns and the faithful.

When the Carmel Of Jesus, Mary and Joseph began planning the building of an authentic stone and timber style monastery in Fairfield, Pennsylvania, they reached out to one of the world’s most sought after Dry Stone Masons. Scotland native Neil Rippingale embraced the opportunity, and his crew of veterans and novice-volunteers have nearly completed the first dry stone building.

Architect Riccardo Vicenzino, Irish stonemason Justin Money, and expert stonemason Brian Post share their thoughts on the groundbreaking project and what motivates them to be involved.

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Just one small house of a few [religious] consecrated to the total life of prayer will reinvigorate the spiritual life of a dying town.
— John Senior - The Restoration of Christian Culture

On the day of her entrance, Sr. Emma Rivas shares her reasons why she chose the Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Mechanical Engineer Michael Bauer explains the building and design process; and Bishop Ronald Gainer expresses his support for this endeavor.

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Photos of the building process and progress.