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Advent: Signs and Symbols

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Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann learns from Judaism as he prepares for the coming of the Messiah.

In the second week of Advent, Deacon Pedro and Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich look at the significance of and difference between signs and symbols in Judaism.

Life In Hidden Light

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Video of life inside an enclosed Carmelite community made by Miranda Tasker and Marcus Nield. Also includes short excerpts of interviews with some of the sisters.

Photos of the General Congregation 2016

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From19th of September to 1st October, the General Congregation of the Order was taken place at Casa Hotel Sao Nuno in Fatima, Portugal. Participating are the Provincials, Commissaries and Delegates General from around the world; the meeting is the most important one between two General Chapters.

Photos of The Episcopal Ordination of Henricus Pidyarto Gunawan, O.Carm.

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On Saturday, the 3rd of September, in Gajayana Stadium in Malang – Indonesia, the episcopal ordination of Fr. Henricus Pidyarto Gunawan, O.Carm. took place. This solemn mass was attended by 38 bishops from all over Indonesia,

Photos of Episcopal Ordination of Paul Horan, O.Carm.

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On Saturday, the 17th of August, in Marymount Teachers College in Mutare, (Zimbabwe) the episcopal ordination of Fr. Paul Horan, O.Carm., named as bishop of the diocese of Mutare, took place. It happens that in the same place in 1957, Donal Lamont, O.Carm., was ordained as the first bishop of that diocese.

The new Carmelite Bishop (Francisco de Sales)

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- The new Carmelite Bishop (Francisco de Sales), with the other Carmelite bishops who took part in the celebration, and the Prior General in Araripina (Pernambuco, Brasil)

Photos of the Feast of St. Mary Magdalen de’Pazzi in Florence

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On the 25th of May, the Prior General led the celebration of the Eucharist for the feast of St. Mary Magdalen de’Pazzi at the Hermitage of Santa Maria degli Angeli, in Scandicci (Florence). This monastery was founded n 1987 in the hills opposite where Careggi is situated where the remains of the saint are kept. The Mass, and the banquet afterwards, took place in a festive and fraternal setting.

Photos of The Opening of the 450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Mary Magdalen de’Pazzi

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On the 2nd of April, the date of Mary Magdalen’s birth in 1566, the solemn opening of the anniversary celebrations took place at the monastery of Careggi (Forence, Italy), where her body is venerated.

Photos of the Lenten Retreat at the Curia Community

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Lenten Retreat at the Carmelite General Curia on February 6, 2016, guided by Fr. Jim Corkery, SJ, a prestigious professor of the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.

Photos of Fr. Kuba Walczak, O.Carm.'s Dissertation Defense

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February 29, 2016 the unique date that happens only every 4 year was the Dessertation Defense of Fr. Kuba Walczak, O.Carm. at Pontifical Gregorian University

St Jude Catholic Church, Boca Raton, Florida Interior

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The Interior of St Jude catholic Church in Boca raton, Florida.  This parish is staffed by the Carmelites of the St Elias province.

Photos of the O.Carm. Bishops visit the Curia

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in February, 2 O.Carm. Bishops, Archbishop Coadjutor Dom João Costa, O.Carm., bishop of Aracaju and  Bishop António Vitalino Fernandes Dantas, O.Carm. Visit the Carmelite Curia.

Photo of the Carmelite Family's Day

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The Carmelite Community of Cisa host a Conferance on How to welcom the immigrants. 

Mercy in everyday life

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Meditation "Mercy in everyday life" by Father Marko Rupnik SI, in the presence of Pope Francis

Stations of the Cross with St Therese of Lisieux

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For Lent I am happy to present Susan Ehlert's film of the Stations of the Cross behind the Basilica of Saint Therese at Lisieux.  This six-minute film blends the photos of the Stations with music and with images and texts of Therese.  As we accompany Jesus in His dying and His rising, may God grant us to understand the meaning of His death and His resurrection and to let it be reflected in our lives.

Pope Francis' prayer intentions for February 2016

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The Pope Video is a global initiative developed by the Pope World Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) to assist in the dissemination of monthly intentions of the Holy Father related to the challenges facing humanity.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

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the Feast and the history of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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The tradition of devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel began in the 12th or 13th century and contines to the present day.

Pope addressed his thanks to Carmelite Father Bruno Secondin

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Friday morning saw the conclusion of the Holy Father’s Lenten retreat with the senior members of the Roman Curia, at the Divine Master House in Ariccia. Before returning to the Vatican the Pope addressed his thanks to Carmelite Father Bruno Secondin, who this year led the meditations on the theme: “Servants and prophets of the living God.” “It is not easy to give exercises to priests,” said Pope Francis, “we are all a bit complicated, but you managed to sow seeds. May the Lord make these seeds that you has given us grow.”

Saint Teresa: Celebrating 500 Years (1515-2015)

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A video about Saint Teresa of Avila produced for the "Teresa 500" celebrations in 2014-15 by the nuns of Thicket Priory (York Carmel).

The Carmelites Celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life 2015

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In 2013, Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life (YCL) be celebrated throughout the world. YCL will begin on the First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014. It will close on the World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016.

Christmas Greetings from Father Prior General

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Christmas Greetings from the Carmelite Prior General and his council.

Nada Te Turbe - A Virtual Choir of Carmelites

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An official VMG virtual choir, "Nada Te Turbe" is one of two virtual choirs produced for the celebration of St. Teresa of Jesus's 500th birthday. The choir is made up of Carmelite Nuns from around the world and is accompanied by the Teresian Orchestra of St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington, USA. Music composed by Claire Sokol, OCD.

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