It is always a pleasure when the Carmelite Novices visit the Provincial Offices. Recently, Brothers Paul Richmond, O. Carm., Mikhail Woodruffe, O. Carm., James Thien Tran, O. Carm. and Ignatius Tien Le, O. Carm. stopped in to visit Father Mario and the office staff in Middletown, New York while on a break from theology classes.
On the Feast day of Saint Martin de Porres, Nov 3rd, 2014, five young Carmelite candidates in Vietnam joyfully received the Scapular from the Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O. Carm., Prior Provincial of the St. Elias Province. These five young men have been living in St. Therese House for several months after have been aspirants beforehand. They've become familiar with Carmelite spirituality and the charism, and shared the Carmelite life of prayer and brotherhood, enjoyed our hospitality toward guests and the spirit of international community.
It is with great joy that we announce the Solemn Profession of our Brothers Joseph Vinh Quang Nguyen, O. Carm., Francis X. Pio Khoa Van Nguyen, O. Carm., Dominic Mary Hung Duc Nguyen, O. Carm., and Paul Therese Hung Van Tran, O. Carm. The Profession and Celebration of the Eucharist took place on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at The Chapel of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with the Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O. Carm., Prior Provincial of the St. Elias Province, presiding, and in the presence of many religious, priests, family members and friends.
On Saturday, September 27th, the Carmelite Friars of the North American Province of Saint Elias celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving to honor our benefactors. It was a beautiful day in Middletown, New York and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel glistened amongst the beautiful array of fall colors. Although we gather each year to mark God’s generous love towards the Carmelite family, this year marks our 125th anniversary of the Carmelites’ arrival to New York. These Irish friars who braved the sea and landed on the shores of Manhattan, were quickly put into service to provide for the spiritual needs of Irish immigrants and patients in one of our first ministries, Bellevue Hospital. These Carmelite priests found a home on the east side and built a Church and friary known as Our Lady of the Scapular of Mount Carmel. Years later, their trust in God’s providence led to the Scapular militia which provided every American solider with a Brown Scapular during World War II.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY is honored to display a new portrait of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, O. Carm., or Mother Angeline, as she is fondly remembered by the Carmelite Community. Below the portrait is a plaque with the inscription “Daughter of Carmel – Mother to the Aged – Friend of Priests, Pray for Us.” The original painting was done by Robert Whelan in 2011.
As the founder of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm in 1929, Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa was able to offer a different type of care and ministry to the elderly. Her vision and mission bore fruit and her spiritual daughters, along with their lay staff, continue this same mission of compassionate care to the Aged and Infirm today.
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