On Monday, October 15th, the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, the students and faculty of St. Mary Catholic School, Salem, were the honored guests of the Sisters of the Carmelite Monastery of Our Mother of Mercy and St. Joseph in Alexandria, SD. St. Teresa, a Doctor of the Church, reformed the Carmelite Order in the 16th Century. Along with St. John of the Cross, Teresa is considered a Founder of the Discalced Carmelites. The students were treated to a sung High Latin Mass with the Sisters followed by different activities, including touring the Fatima Family Shrine and meeting and visiting with a group of the Sisters in a meeting room, which is separated from the public by an iron grille. Students asked the Sisters questions about prayer, their daily routine, how often they may write letters to people outside their Monastery, and they even learned why there is a grille between the Sisters and visitors.
We thank Mother Marie Therese and the Carmelite Nuns of Alexandria and St. Mary of Mercy Parish for allowing us to make our pilgrimage to their wonderful and holy sites, Fr. Martin Lawrence (Priest of Salem) and Fr. DeWayne Kayser (Priest of Madison and native son of Alexandria) as well as to parents Staci Wolf, Laura Gessner, Joni Wagner, Cathy Ries, Val Krempges, Barb Stangeland, and Audrey Eich for their time in transporting students to Alexandria. (Photo by Mrs. Molly Lather)