Catholic Schools across the nation recently celebrated National Catholic Schools Week. Students from one of our Carmelite served schools, St. Jude Elementary in Boca Raton, Florida, were featured in a video made for this annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2015 was “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.
"… I invite every Christian community to experience this Year above all as a moment of thanksgiving to the Lord and grateful remembrance for all the gifts we continue to receive." – Pope Francis
Pope Francis opened the Year for Consecrated Life on February 2nd at Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, marking the start of an entire year dedicated to the many who have chosen the vocation of religious life. This World Day of Consecrated Life was instituted by John Paul II in 1997. February 2nd is also the Feast of the Presentation and coincides with the Candelmas. The Feast of the Presentation marks an important day in the life of our Lord Jesus. Jesus is dedicated to God the Father as Joseph and Mary present Jesus in the temple. Later the writers of the Gospel will proclaim that Jesus Christ is the light of the world.
The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm celebrated the 31st anniversary of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa’s entrance into eternal life on January 21st. If Mother Angeline was alive today, she would have been 122 years old! Called to religious life at an early age of nineteen, she reached the fullness of her religious consecration when God called her to establish a religious community especially dedicated to the care of the elderly.
The following article appeared in The Good News, the e-newsletter of the Catholic University of America School of Theology and Religious Studies:
Brother Nicholas Blackwell, a seminarian with the Order of Carmelites (O.Carm.) who is pursuing an S.T.B./M.Div. is the first in his family to join a religious order. Raised in the small town of Mayeville, Mich., Brother Nicholas is one of two children. Prior to joining the Order of Carmelites, Brother Nicholas served in the Peace Corps in West Africa. He strongly believes his time in Africa surrounded by poverty and rich family life nourished the call to join a religious order. The Carmelites were also very influential in his discernment process.
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