Baltimore's Long Time Carmelite Community
Tom Hall joins Sr. Constance Fitzgerald at the Carmelite Monastery on Dulaney Valley Road in Towson. Fitzgerald has been a Carmelite nun for 64 years. The community of Carmelites who live, work and pray on this beautiful, 26-acre campus have a lineage that extends back 225 years. Founded in 1790 in Charles County, this site was the first community of religious women in the 13 colonies. Baltimore Carmel is celebrating their 225th anniversary with a number of events throughout the year, including a seminar that Sr. Constance Fitzgerald will co-lead next month. We discuss the contemplative life of the Carmelites, and how they balance the values of solitude and personal reflection with the values of community and engagement with the wider world.