In thanksgiving to Almighty God the Carmelite Friars of the North American Province of Saint Elias joyfully announce the election of our new leadership for the 2015 – 2018 Triennium.
In a prayerful and beautiful celebration of faith and vocation, Brother James Thien Tran, O. Carm. (SEL), Brother Ignatius Tien Le, O. Carm. (SEL), Brother Mikhail Woodruffe, O. Carm. (SEL), Brother Paul Richmond, O. Carm. (SEL), and Brother Jeffrey Lima, O. Carm.(PCM) 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 8th at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middletown, New York. Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Province of Saint Elias presided, and Very Reverend William Harry, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary preached. A lively luncheon followed with many Carmelite Brothers and Sisters, family and friends.
On May 23, 2015 the Lay Carmelites Annual Marian Day took place at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY. Those attending were greeted with a nice surprise by Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm, their Provincial Delegate, who had recently recovered from a hip replacement. Fr. Francis, O.Carm. celebrated Morning Prayer with the group, blessing the crown placed on the statue of Mary as they prayed the Litany of Mary.
From May 14 to 17, the Prior Provincial, Father Mario Esposito, O.Carm. visited St. Michael's Priory in Maracas Valley, Trinidad, a house of the St. Elias Province. From that community, two Carmelite friars serve God's people in two parishes, consisting of seven Churches. On the Evening of May 14th, the Carmelites hosted a vocation event where there were six young men present, all considering possible vocations to the priesthood or brotherhood in the Order of Carmel.
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