Carmelite Events

Carmelite Symposium Fourth Day

Sister Helena - Wednesday, July 01, 2015


The participants of the Carmelite Institute Symposium gathered on July 1st for the final round of conferences with the closing theme of "St. Teresa's Gift to Theology". The first to take the stage was Fr. Steven Payne, OCD, President of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.  His chosen topic "Inculturating Saint Teresa" highlighted  challenges posed by inculturation in general, and Teresian /Carmelite inculturation in particular.

Fr. Steven Payne, OCD

Fr. Emiel Abalahin, O.Carm. Graduate student in Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and a new scholar in Theology, presented the topic of  "Dignity: A Teresian Concept."

Fr. Emil Abalahin, O.Carm.

The final speaker to take the stage was Megan Loumagne who was recipient of the Vilma Seelaus Essay Award. Her chosen topic was "Taking Her Stand Beyond All Earthly Hierarchies: Teresa of Avila, Gender and Prayer."

Megan Loumagne



Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD

The highlight of today's events was the Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD for his extensive academic contribution to the Carmelite Order and the Church.  Among Fr. Kieran's multiple achievements are the well known translations of the Collected Works of Saint Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross from Spanish to English.  Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh is distinguished as a prolific writer, speaker, retreat master and spiritual director. Fr. Jack Welch, O.Carm. was the main celebrant at the Eucharistic Celebration for this event. Sr. Mary Grace, OCD, an iconographer from Terra Haute Carmel, created the icon of St. Teresa of Avila which was presented to Fr. Kieran. A special banquet was held in honor of this special event.

The North American Carmelite Symposium 2015 officially ended on July 2nd after the Closing Mass celebrated by Fr. Mario Esposito, O.Carm.  It has been a wonderful experience of learning and fraternity. We thank the Carmelite Institute organizers, invited speakers, Staff of Mundelein Seminary, Lay Carmelite volunteers and participants who made this year's Symposium a great success!

Praise be Jesus Christ and Our Lady of Mount Carmel!


Missy drives the golf cart
Last breakfast togetherFather General plays with the cameraCarmelite Nuns, Terra Haute, IN
Participant enjoying her paperICS Publications with Brother Brian
Icons for sale made by Terra Haute NunsICS Publications Books
L-R Sr. Bernadette, Sr. Mary Grace and Sr. MarthaVideographer James
Edith Matlock, CI Executive Director and Fr. Mario Esposito, CI Board ChairmanSymposium Speakers (L-R) Fr. Leopold Glueckert, Dr. Barbara Mujica, Fr. Brian McDermott
Fr. Steven Payne and Edith MatlockMegan Loumagne, Vilma Seelaus Lecture

ChoirFr. Jack Welch, O.Carm was Celebrant

Fr. Jack Welch, O.Carm. introduces Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh, OCDFr. Patrick McMahon, O.Carm. introduces Sr. Mary Grace, OCDSr. Mary Grace, OCD explains the meaning of the Icon.
Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh presented with Lifetime Achievement Award
Fr. Kieran with Carmelites from Terra Haute, INCarmelite Nuns, Terra Haute, IN


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