The Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is a 44,320 square feet Spanish, Mission style monastery that houses 20 Cloistered Catholic Nuns located in Agnew, Nebraska. There are four open courtyards within the building footprint and a two-story chapel and bell tower on the far Westside of the monastery. The mosaic dome in the chapel was created by Bruno Salvatori who constructed this piece in Italy and then flew to Nebraska to construct his work. The dome contains over six million pieces of glass.
The altar was donated by a family, who had acquired the piece at an auction and had stored it in their farm house for over 30 years. The marble pieces had to be scrubbed and polished, before being brought up to the monastery to be assembled. Rev. Charles Van Vliet enlisted the help of several seminarians to help organize and clean the hundreds of pieces of marble. Piece-by-piece the hand-carved, solid, marble alter was assembled.