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Nuns establish new communities in North Dakota

Two groups of religious sisters have established their first communities in North Dakota.

Four cloistered Carmelite sisters from Alexandria, S.D., began living in a new monastery northeast of Hague, N.D., in Emmons County March 19.

The Carmelite nuns wear a full brown habit for their clothing, complete with a scapular (a long, narrow outer cloak with a hole for the head) and veil. As cloistered nuns, they live a life of enclosure, rarely leaving their monastery, allowing the sisters to live in complete silence and prayer.

In addition, Four religious sisters from the Congregation of Teresian Carmelites are now serving the people of the Bismarck Diocese’s Catholic Indian Mission on the Standing Rock Indian reservation in south-central N.D. — 8,500 miles from their home in Kerala, India.

It is the order’s first foundation in the western hemisphere. The sisters will work as missionaries, assisting the priests and parishes in Sioux County and teaching at the St. Bernard Mission School in Fort Yates.