On January 21st the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm celebrated the memory of their foundress, Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, who was born and died on that day. This year, they celebrated her 123rd birthday and 30th anniversary of death. Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa founded the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm in 1929 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.
Fr. Philip Marani, O. Carm., who recently moved to St. Albert’s Priory in Middletown, NY has always been an avid train collector and model railroad enthusiast. He would build custom buildings for his train layouts, including his own Mt. Carmel Depot. For 17 years, Fr. Phil worked 6 days a week as a Chaplain at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. On his day off, he would go down to his woodshop to relax and came up with the idea of creating a nativity village to go with his large collection of Fontanini Nativity figurines. He transformed small wooden blocks into amazing stone walls and buildings, created detailed shops which include handmade tools, carpets, and even created a bakery complete with a glowing oven and bread.
During his recent visit to Vietnam, Father Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Prior Provincial, instituted several of our student friars into the ministries of Acolyte and Reader. In preparation for their eventual ordination to the priesthood, each friar looking towards Holy Orders must prepare for and receive these ministries - that of assisting at the altar and giving Holy Communion, as well as reading the Word of God and instructing the Faithful as part of their incorporation into the ministerial life of the Church.
In the midst of a mid-December snow storm, on Saturday, December 14, 2013, Father Anthony Trung Nguyen, O.Carm. was ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ in the Order of Carmel, by the Most Reverend John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona, Minnesota. In a beautiful ceremony, and before his parents, relatives, friends and fellow Carmelite Friars, Father Anthony received the sacrament of Holy Orders and pledged himself to obedient service of God's people in the Church.
On Saturday, November 23, 2013, Father Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Prior Provincial, during a visit to St. Therese House in Ho Chi Minh City, welcomed two new candidates to the formation program: Anthony Trung Cao and Peter Thanh Trang. During Mass, they received the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and became members of the Scapular Confraternity.
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