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It was a bright, crisp, sunny day, October 22nd, 1952, when a group of Discalced (i.e. wearer of sandals) Carmelite Nuns from the Carmelite Monastery in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., arrived in Kitchener, Ontario, to establish the first English-speaking Carmel in Canada.

They had been invited by Most Reverend Joseph F. Ryan, D.D., Bishop of Hamilton, to establish a Carmel in his diocese.

Mother Mary served as Prioress for 36 years. Each day she strove to fulfill the Holy Will of God. By word and example she greatly inspired her nuns, encouraging them in the practice of charity, love for God and love for neighbour.

To many people in the surrounding area, Mother Mary also served as a trusted friend and a wise counselor. She prayed fervently for all the intentions confided to her, and brought comfort and consolation to many.

Mother Mary of the Angels, O.C.D.

As the community grew, this dwelling proved to be too small. It was thought that a permanent Monastery should be built in a quiet rural area to better realize the con-templative life style and to meet the simple needs of the Nuns.

Trusting in Divine Providence and with the aid of good friends and benefactors, the Nuns were able to purchase twenty acres located two miles north of St. Agatha. The Monastery was constructed and the Nuns were able to move into their new abode on May 27th, 1963.