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A Message from the Carmelites of Brilon Wald

Posted by The Editor on September 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Dear friends and benefactors,

We are moving!


On the feast of the Rosary, the 7th of October, our relocation will take place. The new address is:

Carmel St. Josef

Schnitzlehen 1

D-84556 Kastl

Tel.: 0049 8671 / 928 91 90


Our new home is located only 3 miles from the shrine of our Lady of Altötting. Our Lady has looked with her merciful eyes upon our long, futile search and shown us the honour of calling us close to her side. She wants us to use an old historic farm building with a square courtyard (built in 1789), in rural, quiet surroundings, but easily accessible, located near the road, to rebuild a Carmelite monastery.


The most important and decisive steps to acquire this property were all undertaken on feast days of Our Lady, and to the consolation of her daughters and their benefactors our heavenly mother kept the purchase price far below €700.000. But she likes to leave us very dependent on her care and to give our helpers lots of opportunities to obtain great merits in helping to build our monastery.


The Schnitzlehen, the name of the farmhouse, consists of the house, the work shop wing, cowshed and barn. The old house is in need of renovation (only 4 rooms are available at the moment) which will have to start with the timbers, which need to be renewed as soon as possible. Since only a few rooms were adjusted to the normal room height, on this occasion, the adjustment of the height of the other rooms to the same level must happen as well. We are facing an adventurous provisional arrangement which will help us to exercise all virtues, especially since only the temporary, makeshift chapel will be set up before the move.


After that we need to consider the development of the work shop for the living quarters of our Chaplain and at least two priests. Until then, our Chaplain will also need temporary accommodation.


In the longer term, we are calmly planning the conversion of the cowshed into cells and work spaces, chapter house, choir... in short, everything that is necessary for a monastery. And the conversion of the big barn into a beautiful chapel of the monastery will give us the greatest joy.


The courtyard contains the old septic tank, which would have to be drained completely to bring the building to its completion by making a cloister, which should not be missing in a Carmel.


St. Joseph, our holy father and great patron, will help us through your hand, step by step to realise these great plans. The first step which we recommend to your prayers and gifts will be the move, which unfortunately will also not be free of charge.


Transfers are from now on to be made to the following bank account:


From outside of Germany:

Remitee: Verein St. Josef e.V.

Sparkasse Altoetting-Muehldorf

IBAN: DE49 7115 1020 0031 1772 31



From within Germany:

Empfänger: Verein St. Josef e.V.

Sparkasse Altötting-Mühldorf

BLZ: 711 510 20

Konto-Nr.: 31 177 231


We place this big project which lies ahead of us under the protection of our Lady of Altötting. We share with you daily, in thanksgiving for your support, the happiness to be granted Our Lady's special blessing


       -  Your sisters of our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Carmel St. Josef


We ask for your understanding, that in the following days and weeks we will have less time to dedicate ourselves to your requests by letter and by telephone, in the sacrifice however we will be there for you!

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Reply anonymous
11:59 PM on October 31, 2013 
Could someone please explain what the photo shows? Is that the "temporary makeshift chapel?" Because
it certainly doesn't appear 'makeshift' to me. The parabolic arch overhead, covered in plaster, is not an easy
thing to achieve. And I have to wonder what the acoustics are like in there. Maybe a word or two could be
arranged? The marble altar steps could not possibly have been hastily installed. The nice altar appears to
have been there for many years.