By Associated Press

September 3, 2007

CLARK, Wyo. – The small Carmelite monastery near this community in northern Wyoming is expanding in both numbers and territory.

Brother Michael Mary, one of the longest-tenured monks at the Roman
Catholic monastery nestled at the base of the Beartooth Mountains, said
the monastery was adding two members.

That brings to nine the number of men cloistered within the tall, wooden walls of the Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The monastery was founded in the fall of 2003 by Father Daniel Mary, prior of the monastery, and Michael.

To accommodate the growth, the monks recently received
permission from the Park County Planning and Zoning Commission and the
Board of County Commissioners to erect an eight-bedroom lodging
facility on land adjacent to the monastery enclosure.

"We can’t build that house quick enough," Michael Mary said. "It is needed."

The monastery also received approval for a number of small
individual housing units the monks call "hermitages." Once the
structures are completed, the monks plan to move the monastery walls to
the southwest to encompass the new buildings.

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