Carmelite Monastery Open House
It was a rare opportunity to be able to visit the newly rebuild/renovated Carmelite Monastery in Kuching, back in September this year. Basically one would not be able to enter a monastery unless you intend to join it. So this was quite special.
I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t want to intrude with a HUGE lens, so I only brought my 50mm f/1.4, so most of my shots are a bit tight. And the pictures are quite random.
The old wooded structures were infested with termites, and because of that new building were needed. And because of that we were able to have a glimpse on how the sisters live in a monastery.
The Carmelite Monastery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was first built in 1948 while the papal enclosure was erected in 1952. When structures of the building began to deteriorate, the nuns rebuilt it in 1979. Another 36 years saw the monastery being infested with termites. Acting on the advice of Fr Angelo Madelo (the Definitor General at the time) and the suggestion of Archbishop Emeritus John Ha, the nuns initiated the plan to rebuild the monastery. In 2016, the Nuns put up at a temporary shelter at Deshon Road offered by a parishioner while the old monastery was being demolished to make way for the new one.
The pictures below, shows the area where they make the sacramental bread.
Because I’m not a Catholic, I never had the chance to try and taste the bread till that day. It tastes, like wafer.
There is also a corner of the land which is a small grave yard of all the sisters who has passed on.
Spent about an hour or so looking around, amazed at the dedication of the sisters. Every time I drive by on the road, I’m reminded that there are those who give up their lives to serve God. AMAZING!
Anyways while searching for more info about the Carmelite Monastery, I found this video which basically covers all the areas which I didn’t manage to take pictures of due to my 50mm lens would not allow me to do so. :(