The Carmelite Heritage Room at the National Shrine (Middletown, NY) – Now on display through the end of March 2015, a special exhibit celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the arrival of the Carmelites in New York. The exhibit features historic photographs of the “founding fathers” and the first generation of Carmelites to serve at Our Lady of the Scapular Church and Bellevue Hospital; original property deeds, rare documents; and an assortment of treasured artifacts.
During a recent visit to the Carmelite Friars in Vietnam, Carmelite Prior Provincial, Father Mario Esposito, O.Carm., led the ceremony in which Brother Dominic Mary Hung Nguyen, O.Carm. and Brother Paul Hung Tran, O.Carm. were instituted in the Ministry of Acolyte. During the course of preparation to receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders, each man in training is also instituted as Lector and Acolyte, important ministries of service within the Church.
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.
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