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Funeral Homily for Fr. Joachim Smet, O.Carm.


Most Rev. John Malley, O.Carm., former Prior General of the Carmelites, gave the homily at the funeral Mass of Father Joachim Smet, O.Carm., long-time historian of the Order. A fuller-video tribute will we posted later this week.


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."