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.
The Catholic News recently featured an article highlighting a special mass celebrated by Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan at St. Simon Stock Parish in the Bronx, NY. The mass, which took place on Dec. 20, 2014, marked the 125th anniversary of the Carmelite order’s arrival in New York City. Concelebrating the mass were St. Simon Stock Pastor Reverend Nelson Belizario, O. Carm., and Auxiliary Bishop John Jenik of the Bronx as well as Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O. Carm., the Carmelite Prior Provincial, and Reverend Christopher J. Iannizzotto, O. Carm., Parochial Vicar.
For the second year, Fr. Joseph Phuong Ngo, O. Carm., originally from Hay Tay, Vietnam, has celebrated Christmas with the people of Trinidad and Tobago, where he serves in three different parishes. Fr. Joseph explained that it is customary for Trinidadian Catholics to begin celebrating the Christmas season as early as November, as right after New Year’s, preparations begin for the Carnival fete. A highlight of the Christmas celebration is always a large parish dinner, organized by the pastor and supported by the donations of the parishioners and some governmental support. The main parish is St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Manzanilla, where he celebrated mass on Christmas Eve and the two mission churches are Our Lady of Lourdes in Biche and St. Dominic in Fishing Pond, (each 30-40 minutes away from the main church), where he celebrated masses on Christmas Day. This year's attendance was excellent!
The Carmelites of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel celebrated Christmas Eve and Christmas Day masses amongst a beautiful display of poinsettias and trees which surrounded the Nativity scene in the Shrine Chapel in Middletown, New York. Many people were in attendance at the liturgies, and commented on the beauty and prayerfulness of the celebrations. In addition to Feast Day and Sunday liturgies, Mass is offered Monday through Friday at 11:30 am and all visitors are welcome to attend.
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