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Video on Joachim Memorial admin Sat, 2011-11-05 09:31

Video on the Memorial of Fr. Joachim Smet, O.Carm.

Father Joachim Smet, Order of Carmelites, the oldest Carmelite in the Chicago Carmelite Province, died Oct. 4, 2011. He was 95. Father Joachim was born in Chicago, IL, on Oct. 9, 1915. 

Final message to the Carmelite Family admin Wed, 2011-10-19 22:39

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Qualiter respondendum sit quaerentibus” – “How shall we respond to those who are seeking?

To all the Members of the Carmelite Family: Peace and the Grace in the Lord.

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7). With these words of the Apostle Saint Paul,

Funeral Homily for Fr. Joachim Smet, O.Carm. admin Sun, 2011-10-09 23:19

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."