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Teresa and Therese in Art and Story

Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, New York will be hosting "Teresa and Therese in Art and Story" on October 14, 2017 at 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Join award winning artist and author Bro. Mickey McGrath as he shares his paintings (and the stories behind them) of these two great Doctors of the Church.  From Avila to Lisieux to New York, make a pilgrimage of the heart and explore the relevance of these two great women and their lessons in living for our troubled world today.

Contact: Carol Bezak CBezak@carmelites.com 845-343-1879 $30 per person.

Please reserve October 2.

LETTER OF THE PRIOR GENERAL ON THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

Saturday, July 15, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Most Rev. Fernando Millan Romeral, O.Carm.

Prior General Carmelite Order of the Ancient Observance

 

Dear brothers and sisters of the Carmelite family:

The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is approaching and, like every year, I want to send you an affectionate greeting with my most sincere congratulations. I hope that the feast and all the celebrations of these days (novenas, processions, religious and cultural events, etc.) will be an occasion to honor Mary under this title so popular and endearing and so dear to all of us Carmelites. May these celebrations touch our hearts, inspire our living of the charism, and transform our lives so that we become more and more faithful to the values of the Gospel.

I would like to present again this year the outline of the novena that has been made by the people in charge of the website of our Order, based on texts by writers, mystics, and Carmelite saints. May this novena help us, guided by the hand of Mary, to enter the depth of the mystery of our faith. 

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The Carmelite Institute Symposium 2017

Sunday, July 02, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Institute of North America held this year’s symposium at Loyola University in Chicago, IL on June 25-29, 2017.  Sr. Helena and Sr. Philomena traveled to attend this wonderful Carmelite event. The theme chosen was “Pope Francis Points the Way to Carmel.”  The Holy Father’s encyclical “Laudato Si” was the major point of reference for many of the speakers’ talks. The symposium was well represented by over 100 attendees of Friars, Nuns, Sisters and Lay Carmelites, as well as Carmelite Brothers and Sisters in initial formation.  Our own Sr. Anthony, Sr. Kathleen, Sr. Lois Ann and Sr. Raphael from Saint Patrick's Residence in Naperville, IL were able to travel and to join us during one of the conference days! The Symposium opened with the Opening Remarks by Edith Matlock, Executive Director of the Carmelite Institute and the Welcome Address by Very Reverend William J. Harry, O.Carm. Chairman of the Board and Prior Provincial of The Most Pure Heart of Mary. Most Rev. Fernando Millan Romeral, Prior General of the Carmelite Order of the Ancient Observance, was present and opened the conference with his talk on “The Carmelite Family Responding to the Holy Father’s Initiatives in Renewing the Life of Our Church.” Several other speakers presented relevant topics as follows:

Father Vinko Mamic, O.C.D on “Biblical Backgrounds of Pope Francis’ Indications Regarding the Way of Carmel.”

Mary Evelyn Tucker, PhD. A professor from Yale University shared her expertise on “The Promise of Laudato Si for an Integral Ecology.”

Fr. Donald Buggert, O.Carm. presented on the topic of “Pope Francis’ Challenges to Carmel.”

Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, O.C.D presented his topic on “The Call of Pope Francis for an Integral Ecology and the Practice of Carmelite Humility and Detachment Today.”

Donna Orsuto, PhD. who spoke at our last Carmelite Symposium in Mundelein, IL and a professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, presented on “Being the House of God in the Midst of the World- St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and Pope Francis speak to the Laity.”

Fr. Daniel Chowning, O.C.D presented on “The Merciful Gaze of Jesus in the Spirituality of Pope Francis and the Carmelite Traditions.”

Fr. Matt Malone, S.J, Editor in Chief of America Magazine, provided the Jesuit context in his talk “Pope Francis The Jesuit.”

Fr. Tracy O’Sullivan, O.Carm. presented on “The Gifts of Pope Francis and St. Teresa: Evangelization and Contemplation.”

Brother Patrick Mullins, O.Carm. member of the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland presented on “The Carmelite Rule (1247) and Pope Francis on the Implications of the Parable of the Good Samaritan.”

It was an honor for the Carmelite Institute to have Cardinal Blasé J. Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago celebrate Mass during one of the symposium days. The last day of the Symposium was a banquet held in honor of the late Father Patrick McMahon, O.Carm. who passed away in August of last year and was President of the Carmelite Institute since its inception.

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The National Shrine of Saint Therese

On June 22, three days before the Carmelite Institute Symposium started, Sr. Philomena and Sr. Helena took a day to visit the newly renovated National Shrine of Saint Therese in Darien, IL. They attended Holy Mass and was given a special tour of the newly opened replica of the cell of St. Therese by one of our Carmelite friars, Father Bernie, O.Carm. The door of her cell and the floor tiles from the Saint’s anteroom where she met with her novices were originals donated by the Lisieux Carmel to the shrine. It was an awesome feeling to be touching the door where St. Therese probably held herself up as she entered her cell during those times that she suffered intense exhaustion from her illness!

 



Vietnamese Day at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Father Mario extended an invitation to the Formation Team to attend a huge Vietnamese gathering at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY on July 1, 2017.The event was held to formally open the shrine dedicated to Our Lady of La Vang established at the shrine’s grounds.  Sr. Philomena and Sr. Helena attended on behalf of Sr. Mary (vocation director) who is currently in Ireland for the SALT Program and opened a table for our vocation brochures and Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa’s biographical pamphlets translated in Vietnamese. You can see from the photos the huge number of participants coming from Canada, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere!