The following is the homily given by Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm. during the recent Simple Profession at The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Pronouncing their first vows of obedience, poverty and chastity to God according to the Rule and Constitutions of the Order of Carmelites were Brother Joseph Thinh Tran, O.Carm. and Brother Francis X. Hai Pham, O.Carm., from the Saint Elias Province.
In a prayerful and beautiful celebration of faith and vocation, Brother Joseph Thinh Tran, O.Carm. and Brother Francis X. Hai Pham, O.Carm., pronounced their first vows of obedience, poverty and chastity to God according to the Rule and Constitutions of the Order of Carmelites on Monday, June 9th at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middletown, New York. Very Reverend William Harry, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary presided, and Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Province of Saint Elias preached. In the same ceremony, three members of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Province: Father Cyril Farmer, Brother Kendall Ketterlin, and Felipe Navarrete-Diaz were also simply professed. The final member of their group, Brother Matthew Tonnini, will be professed in Melbourne, Australia on June 23rd.
On Sunday evening, June 8th, the Solemnity of Pentecost, the Order of Carmelites Province of St. Elias welcomed four new novices into our formation program. Brother James Thien Tran, born in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, Brother Ignatius Tien Le, born in Nghe An Province, Vietnam; Brother Mikhail Woodruff from Barataria, Trinidad & Tobago and Brother Leonard Paul Richmond, from Red Hook, New York will begin a special year of spiritual, human and communal formation at Brandsma Priory in Middletown, NY. Under the care of the Novice Directors, they will build on the foundations they received in the Pre-novitiate at St. Eliseus.
The Carmelite Friars of the Saint Elias Province of the Order of Carmel, are proud to announce that two of our brothers received the Sacrament of Holy Orders. On Friday, June 6th, 2014. The Most Rev. Dominick Lagonegro, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York, ordained Reverend Joseph Khoa Hoang, O.Carm., and Reverend Joseph Tri Phan, O.Carm. to service as newly ordained priests for the Carmelite Order at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, New York.
The Spring 2014 Vox Eliae highlights our celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the arrival of the Carmelites in NY. The issue also congratulates Fr. Anthony Trung Nguyen, O. Carm. on his ordination to the priesthood; shares Fr. Sean Harlow, O. Carm.'s story of his recent visit to Zimbabwe and other news from Rome, Trinidad and Vietnam. A special tribute to Fr. Patrick McGuigan, O. Carm. is also featured.
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