On Monday, February 20, 2017 Carmelites from the three communities in Vietnam gathered at St Therese priory to welcome four new students into the Carmeltie Formation program. They are: John Hoang Van Thu, Joseph Mary Pham Thanh Linh, Martino Ngo Van Dang and Nicholas Duong Thanh Dat. During mass each of them were enrolled in the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. After mass all gathered for dinner to celebrate the occasion. We wish our new brothers well as they begin theri formation with the Carmelites.
Lay Carmelites from Asia gathered for the Third International Congress for the Carmelite Laity in Asia-Australia-Oceana from February 15 - February 20 in Vung Tau, Vietnam. This gathering was an opportunity for all members of the Carmelite Family to meet with Prior General, to study, to share and to enrich their Carmelite charism and to nourish their fraternity. The theme of the gathering was: Carmelite Charism: From Community to the Family. See the attached article on this important gathering.
On Saturday, February 4, 2017 a statue of our Lady of Mount Carmel as she appeared in Fatima in 1917 was enthroned at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY.
In the final Fatima vision on October 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, clothed as Our Lady of Mount Carmel and holding the Brown Scapular in her hands.
Spirit of the Living God
On Saturday, January 28, 2017 the Carmelite parish of St Simon Stock/St Joseph in the Bronx sponsored a youth retreat from 9am to 7pm in the gym of St Simon Stock school. More than 110 teenagers attended from St Simon Stock/St Joseph and other parishes.
Carmelite Friars - North American Province of Saint Elias - P.O. Box 3079, Middletown, New York 10940-0890, Tel:(845) 344-2223, Fax: (845) 344-2210