Discalced Carmelite International Growth
Another group of friars located in the state of Arizona in 1912: Spaniards from the Catalonia province founded houses at Tucson, Phoenix, Sonora, and a number of mission stations to care for the Spanish speaking residents of the state.
1916 – Friars from Arizona established a monastery in Washington, D.C. Joseph Mary of Jesus (Isasi), a former missionary in Cuba, led a group of friars from Tucson to the nation’s capital, and on October 15, 1916, a monastery was formally established in the area near the Catholic University.
1940 – The monasteries in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., were detached from their European provinces and combined into the Washington semi-province. After the war in 1947, this union was canonically elevated to the status of a province under the title of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and further foundations were made in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, and New York.
1947 – The Washington Province made their contribution to overseas expansion. In 1947 six friars from the province established a mission on the island of Luzon in the Philippine Islands. Other friars from the province followed, and three years later the mission territory was separated from the Lipa diocese Lipa and established as the prelature of Infanta, a three-hundred mile strip along the east coast of Luzon and the entire island of Polillo.
1950 – The Holy See entrusted the prelature of Infanta and its almost seventy thousand inhabitants to the Washington Province on April 25, 1950.
1953 – Fr. Patrick Shanley, one of the original friars who went to the Philippines in 1947, was consecrated the first bishop of Infanta in 1953.
1966 – Fr. Julio Labayan, O.C.D. succeeded Bishop Shanley as bishop of Infanta. In 1980 the Carmelite presence in the Philippines was reorganized into a Commissariat under the General administration, bringing the involvement of the Washington Province in the Philippines to an end. Although some of the Washington Province’s friars continue to work in the Philippines.
1968 – The Province officially established a “Desert” community at Hinton, WV on June 24, 1968. The new community was called “Christ on the Mountain.” In the tradition of the Order the ‘deserts’ are hermitages, dedicated to prayer, silence and solitude.
1992 – The Order officially inaugurated the house in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 2, 1992, for the express the purpose of being a formation center for the English-speaking students of philosophy and theology, coming from Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi and Tanzania. The house remained under the General administration of the Order until June 1995 when responsibility for it pass to the Washington Province.
1995 – The Washington Province opened a house of studies in Chicago, under the patronage of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein). In 2007 the house in Chicago was closed.