MOUNT CALVARY, WI (WHBL) - The doors will close on the 160 year old Our Lady of Mount Carmel Convent in Mount Calvary this summer. The Fond du Lac County convent was found in 1852, providing a home for hundreds of nuns during its lifetime. Only 20 nuns live in the old building now. They say they are preparing to move away by going through a prayer exercise, where they picture every room in their mind and recall the good memories. The convent started as a log cabin, but has expanded to include a barn, a farm and living quarters with 56 bedrooms. The sisters have been growing their own fruit and vegetables, and tended to flower gardens on the grounds. The aging buildings and decreasing numbers of nuns living there are given as the reason for the closing.
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