Falkirk’s only convent, home to the Sisters of the Carmelite Monastery of the Immaculate Conception since 1931 has been put up for sale.
The property at Arnothill is on the market following their decision to join the Carmelite Community in Dysart in Fife.
The Prioress, Sister Mary of St Joseph, explained: “While we are very sad to be leaving Falkirk and so many good friends, we go forward with deep joy and gratitude to God for allowing us this opportunity to continue our apostolate of prayer for everyone in the world within another united and loving community in our own Archdiocese.
“Our gratitude to the people of Falkirk, of all denominations and none, can never be adequately expressed. Their generosity and friendship has been overwhelming since the foundation of our Carmel. Likerwise we are indebted to the priests of Falkirk who have given us their dedicated, continuous support for over 80 years.”
Monsignor Philip Kerr of St Francis Xavier Church said: “We will very much miss their presence here. The monastery has been a power house of prayer for the last 83 years for Catholics and others and of great spiritual benefit to the community.”
Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh will celebrate a thanksgiving Mass in St Francis Xavier on Friday, May 16 at 7.30 p.m.
The Victorian villa, built for social reform campaigner the Rev. Lewis Hay Irving in 1855, sits in 2.5 acres of ground and includes a bespoke chapel and a cottage. The site is being marketed by Ryden. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Carmelite Nuns are part of the Roman Catholic Church, belonging to the world-wide Order of the Discalced Carmelites. The relocation will leave three remaining Carmelite
Monasteries in Scotland as well as 13 in England and one in Wales. The sisters living in these Carmels value the companionship of Jesus above everything else.