Today is a momentous day in the history of Mount Carmel Academy and the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Today, the Sisters of Mount Carmel transferred the title of the Motherhouse and all of the land bounded by Robert E. Lee Blvd., Milne Blvd., Walker Street, and Louisville Street to Mount Carmel Academy.
The Sisters of Mount Carmel first approached administrators at MCA to see if the Motherhouse would help with existing school needs. Sister Lawrence Habetz, O. Carm., Congregation president, stated, "This is a win-win. The Sisters no longer needed the space, and the leadership of Mount Carmel Academy was willing to help the Sisters by purchasing the Motherhouse and land. Now the Sisters can continue their mission, and the school can better utilize the new space. We are happy that our Motherhouse will remain 'in the family.'"
What does this mean for Mount Carmel Academy? There will not be an increase in enrollment. The school will enjoy more space, with plans to renovate and hold Fine Arts and Religion classes in the Motherhouse, the building that Mount Carmel Academy moved to after leaving the French Quarter for Lakeview in 1926. Cub Corner will remain in its present location.
With this purchase, we ask for your continued prayers for the Sisters of Mount Carmel who will no longer live in this building but will always be part of the school. The Sisters will remain with us in mind, heart, spirit, and most importantly, love. Please also continue to pray for vocations, and for us, as we move forward in the planning and execution of the retrofitting and renovating of this magnificent building, which has wonderful memories for the thousands of women who call Mount Carmel Academy "home." God bless you.
Sincerely and with love,
Sister Camille Anne Campbell, O. Carm., President
Beth Ann Simno, Principal