The Carmelite Friars of the Saint Elias Province of the Order of Carmel, are proud to announce that their brother Rev. Vincent Phuong Duc Nguyen, O. Carm. received the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Saturday, March 21, 2015, surrounded by his Carmelite brothers and sisters, family and friends. The ordination took place at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, New York. The Most Rev.
Dated on 12th March 2015, anniversary of the canonization of Saint Teresa of Jesus, the Prior General of the Carmelites, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral O. Carm together with the Superior General of the Discalced Carmelites, Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, OCD., sent a letter to all the members of the whole Carmelite family throughout the world on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life.
“The Year of Consecrated Life, which began some months ago is for us Carmelites an occasion for reflecting on some fundamental aspects of our life and charism. On this occasion, we, the Superiors General of the Carmelites and Discalced Carmelites, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral and Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, decided to send a brief message to all the members of the Carmelite Family spread throughout the world to encourage you to make this year part of your life, a year that coincides with the 5th Centenary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila. Here we have a very important event for all of us, and Teresa, ever the mystagogue and spiritual master, comes to us even now as a model and guide in the renewal of our religious consecration and as an inspiration in facing new challenges. This happy coincidence may be an extraordinary opportunity for reflection and for deepening our sense of identity as religious and as Carmelites.
Catholic Schools across the nation recently celebrated National Catholic Schools Week. Students from one of our Carmelite served schools, St. Jude Elementary in Boca Raton, Florida, were featured in a video made for this annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2015 was “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.
"… I invite every Christian community to experience this Year above all as a moment of thanksgiving to the Lord and grateful remembrance for all the gifts we continue to receive." – Pope Francis
Pope Francis opened the Year for Consecrated Life on February 2nd at Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, marking the start of an entire year dedicated to the many who have chosen the vocation of religious life. This World Day of Consecrated Life was instituted by John Paul II in 1997. February 2nd is also the Feast of the Presentation and coincides with the Candelmas. The Feast of the Presentation marks an important day in the life of our Lord Jesus. Jesus is dedicated to God the Father as Joseph and Mary present Jesus in the temple. Later the writers of the Gospel will proclaim that Jesus Christ is the light of the world.
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