Nuns drop New York like a bad habit, move to sunny Florida: 'Silence and solitude'

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Cloistered nuns from Buffalo, New York, announced they person officially near nan authorities for Florida successful an effort to find "silence and solitude."

"Prayerful greetings from sunny Florida! We are happy to study that, sustained by nan fervent prayers of truthful many, we departed from Buffalo nan greeting of January 14 contempt nan blizzard, and safely arrived successful Jacksonville nan pursuing day," nan Discalced Carmelite nuns wrote successful a connection connected their website this month.

The Discalced Carmelite Monastery of nan Little Flower of Jesus was established successful Buffalo much than a period ago, erstwhile "this was a quiet area connected nan outskirts of nan city," nan nuns wrote successful a missive connected their website successful October. Cloistered nuns stay wrong their convent, separating themselves from nan outer world successful bid to dedicate their lives to contemplation and prayer.

Discalced Carmelites were established successful 1562 by St. Teresa of Avila, pinch existent nuns taking their illustration from nan Spanish saint. 

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"Now, however, we nary longer person nan soundlessness and solitude which are requisite for a cloistered Community," nan nuns continued. Local media reported nan monastery successful Buffalo was located adjacent a engaged intersection and park.

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In a bid to find bid and quiet, nan belief organization sought support from Rome to move to Florida to an "ideal location for our life of contemplative prayer." Rome granted nan petition past year, pinch nan 14 cloistered nuns officially settling into their caller location wrong nan Diocese of St. Augustine.

Moving from Buffalo came pinch "great sorrow and disappointment," nan nuns said successful October, pinch section Bishop Michael Fisher besides expressing sadness complete nan move and thanking them "for their period of service to Western New York."

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"It was pinch a dense bosom that I learned of nan Carmelite Nuns of nan Monastery of nan Little Flower of Jesus wish to relocate extracurricular of nan diocese to an area that provided nan basal solitude to proceed their ministry," Fisher said successful a connection past year.

"The Carmelite Sisters person been an important portion of the belief cloth of nan Diocese of Buffalo for much than 100 years, erstwhile Mother Mary Elias of nan Blessed Sacrament, OCD, founded nan Discalced Carmelite Monastery successful 1920, first connected Cottage Street, and past connected Carmel Road successful North Buffalo," he wrote.

The nuns elaborate successful their missive connected their website this period that they person comfortably moved into their caller home, particularly aft nan Holy Eucharist was brought to their chapel and a leader celebrated Mass.

"It genuinely became ‘home’ erstwhile Jesus Himself came to dwell among america successful His Eucharistic Presence aft nan first Mass successful our beautiful small chapel. We were moved to tears and good understood nan sentiments of Our Holy Mother St. Teresa, who considered that a caller instauration was genuinely established erstwhile nan Blessed Sacrament was permanently reserved successful nan tabernacle," they wrote.

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Millions of different Americans crossed nan state have moved to Florida successful caller years, astir notably from bluish states specified arsenic California and New York amid and pursuing nan coronavirus pandemic and its government-mandated lockdown orders. More than 1 cardinal group moved to Florida successful 2022 alone, pinch nan mostly of transplants coming from New York, California and New Jersey, reports show.