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In case anyone is seriously thinking of the Carthusian Nuns, there are a couple Americans that discerned with them in the International Fellowship of St. Bruno. [url="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IFSB/"]http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IFSB/[/url]

One was visiting the Certosa della Trinita in Italy and was accepted but didn't end up going there. The other was at Santa Maria de Benifaca in Spain. The Father Prior at the Vermont Charterhouse usually recommends for English speaking women Benifaca as the Mother speaks English fluently. I also spoke with another young woman that visited the Carthusians at Notre Dame in France a couple years ago. It is definitely very difficult for an American to consider a vocation there - would definitely have to be God's will - the same for all vocations ... Just thought I'd post this.

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The Charterhouse of the Transfiguration in Vermont has a website now: [url="http://transfiguration.chartreux.org"]http://transfiguration.chartreux.org[/url] It's very simple in keeping with the Carthusian spirit.

Here's something on their site regarding the nuns, on their FAQs page:
[quote]Is there a monastery for Carthusian nuns in North America?

No, there is no Carthusian foundation here in USA or Canada for our Carthusian nuns as yet and we don't know when that might come to reality. Please contact our nuns in Europe and Korea directly for any other questions and inquiries. You will find in the Contacts section of this site the addresses of the monasteries. You can also download a [url="http://transfiguration.chartreux.org/Publications/11-CarthusianNuns.pdf"]PDF document[/url] about Carthusian nuns which contains the addresses and contact data of all the monasteries for nuns.[/quote]

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[quote name='Margaret Clare' post='1361042' date='Aug 17 2007, 07:57 AM']The Charterhouse of the Transfiguration in Vermont has a website now: [url="http://transfiguration.chartreux.org"]http://transfiguration.chartreux.org[/url] It's very simple in keeping with the Carthusian spirit.

Here's something on their site regarding the nuns, on their FAQs page:[/quote]

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VERY cool. Lots of great pictures! It's simple in style, but it contains much information.

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[quote name='Veritas' post='1361529' date='Aug 17 2007, 08:06 PM']+

VERY cool. Lots of great pictures! It's simple in style, but it contains much information.[/quote]
Looking more closely at the site, you're right Veritas - there is certainly a lot there! And many of the little booklets under publications are available on PDF file. I ordered some of these a while back from the Mt. Equinox giftshop near them. Also the aritcle "Meditation on the Carthusian Vocation" is finally available to read in English, which hasn't been on their international site for a long while - [url="http://www.chartreux.org/"]http://www.chartreux.org/[/url]

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Just putting the Carthusian related videos in one place..instaed of 5
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[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g02RJBOA32Q"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g02RJBOA32Q[/url]

[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgxrM6SR-cY"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgxrM6SR-cY[/url]
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[quote name='Perpetualove' date='17 September 2006 - 01:17 AM' timestamp='1158470235' post='1064779']
I have come to know (one personally), some former Carthusians. I did not know that the women in the Carthusian Order are still ordained as Deaconesses. I know, I didn't believe it, but I even looked in the Catholic Encyclopedia, and there it was...who knew??? Also, there has not been one American who has lasted in the Vermont Charterhouse, and I do not believe that speaks of the Charterhouse there, but rather the "pull" of the American culture.

I apologize for this long winded email! Please feel free to PM. And good luck...O Bonitas! Perpetualove
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Here is the quote that made me start a Vocation Station Thread about Carthusian monks and the Transfiguration of Our Savior Charterhouse in Vermont:
"there has not been one American who has lasted in the Vermont Charterhouse..."
Interesting. This quote is from a post dated 2006. The first North American vocation to persevere in the Carthusian order, Dom Raphael Diamond, is in fact the monk who made the quoted statement. Benefit of the doubt: when Dom Raphael was still young and still alive, his negative statement was accurate. He was Prior of the Carthusian Monks in the Vermont Charterhouse from the time their monastery was incorporated into the Order, roughly 1971, until 1995. Then the General Chapter granted "Misericordia" to Dom Raphael: this is retirement from the office of Prior, it was NOT exclaustration! In fact Dom Raphael wrote to the widow of his baptismal godfather, at that point, rejoicing that his priorate had ended and that now he could be the plain old choir monk that he always wanted to be. Dom Raphael was still a cloistered Carthusian choir monk when he died at the age of 73 in 1996....ten years before this post quotes him somewhat outside of context.

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