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Arlington, Vermont: Charterhouse of the Transfiguration Carthusian Monastery

About the Carthusian Order:

The Order of Carthusians was founded by Bruno of Cologne in 1084 and includes both monks and nuns. The order has its own rule, called the Statutes, and their life combines both eremitical and cenobitic monasticism.

Carthusians consecrate their lives entirely to prayer and to seeking God in the secret of their hearts. Embracing solitude and austerity for the love and glory of God in accordance with His will, they intercede for the Church and intensely desire the well-being and salvation of the world they have renounced.  Moreover, the Carthusian Order embraces penance so as to share in the saving work of Christ.

Carthusians live much as they did in the Middle Ages, although today there are nuns as well as monks. There are 25 charterhouses around the world, in Europe, Asia, and North and South America: 19 for men and 6 for women.

About the Charterhouse of the Transfiguration Carthusian Monastery in Arlington, Vermont:

Founded in 1960, the Charterhouse of the Transfiguration is the only Carthusian monastery in the United States.The Charterhouse of the Transfiguration was established as the first Carthusian monastery in the Western hemisphere. In November 1950, the Reverend Father of the Carthusian Order sent two monks to explore the foundation of a monastery in the United States. For ten years, a small group of fathers and brothers lived on donated property near Whitingham, Vermont. In 1960, the Foundation transferred to a secluded area in Arlington, Vermont, also donated.

The main building is encased in rough-hewn granite from a Vermont quarry. Its construction incorporates huge monolithic blocks that embody the Carthusian ideals of permanence, solidity and simplicity. The natural beauty of the unpolished stone evokes the Order’s lifestyle of steadfast endurance.

The Charterhouse of the Transfiguration Carthusian Monastery in Arlington, Vermont is not open for visitors.

Due to its’ nature as a contemplative order, the Monastery in not open for visitors.

Address:  1084 Ave Maria Way, Arlington, Vermont 05250

Click here for the official website of the Charterhouse of the Transfiguration Carthusian Monastery in Arlington, Virginia.

 

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