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Feast of St. Teresa of Avila

PCM Province - Mon, 2018-10-15 06:00

A great influence on the development of the Carmelite Order and spirituality was Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, better known as Teresa of Avila, who joined the Convent of the Incarnation in Avila, Spain in 1535 when she was 20 years old. When she was 39, influenced by her natural inclination for a simpler life, her study and reading of the Confessions of St. Augustine, felt a closer, more personal relationship to God. In 1562, she opened the Convent of St. Joseph in Avila, which was to have only 13 nuns and closely imitate the life of the hermits of Mount Carmel. She later founded 14 more of these reformed convents. For Teresa, Carmelite communities were to have no divisions, hierarchies, or special privilege. “All must be friends, all must be loved, all must be held dear, all must be helped,” she wrote.

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Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux

PCM Province - Mon, 2018-10-01 06:00

During her short 24 years of life from 1873 to 1897, a Carmelite nun from Normandy, Therese of Lisieux, expressed amazing insights into life and a simple recipe for holiness. Her meditations on being a “little one” of God and putting all her trust in God led to an abandonment of her own way and desires, an emptying process that allowed space to be filled with God’s gifts.

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Edith Stein-Teresa Benedicta

PCM Province - Thu, 2018-08-09 06:00

Edith Stein, another martyr of the Holocaust, was an unlikely Carmelite. She grew up in an observant Jewish family in Wroclaw, Poland, but during her college years she could not believe in a personal God and called herself an atheist. Her studies included philosophy, psychology, and medieval Christian writers. She also read St. Teresa of Avila’s autobiography, which touched her deeply. In 1922, she was baptized in St. Martin Church, Bergzabern. In 1933, she joined the Carmel of Cologne and took the name Teresa Benedict of the Cross. Edith and her sister, Rosa, were both killed at Auschwitz in 1942. Edith was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1999.

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Memorial of Titus Brandsma

PCM Province - Fri, 2018-07-27 06:00

The year after Therese died, Anno Brandsma joined the Carmelites in his home province of Friesland, Holland. Taking the name Titus, he delved into Carmelite history and brought his deep prayer practice to his studies at the Gregorian University in Rome and later, teaching assignments. In 1923, he helped Dutch bishops found a Catholic University in Nijmegen, Holland, where he later became rector. Titus was also a journalist and leader in the Catholic press. In 1940, German troops invaded Holland. By 1941, they had made it illegal for any priest or religious to direct a school or university; they were also placing severe limits on publishers. Titus remained an outspoken advocate for the Catholic press and religious freedom, and as a result was arrested in January 1942. He died in July that same year in Dachau. He was made Blessed by Pope John Paul II in 1985.

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Solemnity of Elijah

PCM Province - Fri, 2018-07-20 06:00

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Letter of the Prior General for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel 2017

Province of Saint Elias NY - Articles - Tue, 2017-07-11 04:54

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. 

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Our Lady of La Vang Celebration

Province of Saint Elias NY - News - Tue, 2017-07-04 10:41

On Saturday, July 1, 2017 more than 1000 people gathered to dedicate the new Our Lady of La Vang shrine on the Carmelite property in Middletown, NY.   The day began with Eucharistic Adoration in the St Alberts chapel.

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First Profession of Vows

Province of Saint Elias NY - Articles - Tue, 2017-06-13 19:42

On June 12, 2017 five novices made their first profession of vows at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY in the Carmelite Order. They are: Rev. Justin Cinnante, O.Carm., Bro. Joseph Long Bui, O.Carm., Bro. Anthony Thanh Nguyen, O.Carm., Bro. Joseph Tam Nguyen, O.Carm. and Bro. Peter Trong Pham, O.Carm.. Congratulations to them and may God continue to bless them as they grow in the spirit of Carmel.

Interview of Mr Vincent Begley, Provincial Archivist

Province of Saint Elias NY - News - Tue, 2017-05-30 17:43

Interview of Mr. Vincent Begley, Provincial Archivist by Fr Lou Scurti about the Irish roots of the St Elias Province. 

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister." 


by Dr. Radut