On Saturday, July 25, 2015 Fr. Richard Champigny, O.Carm. celebrated his 50th Anniversary of Ordination at St Jude Church, Boca Raton, Florida - a parish staffed by the Carmelites. The evening started off with Mass which was packed and was concelebrated by the Carmelite priests and others. Members of Fr. Richard's immediate family and many friends were present. Fr. Mario Esposito, O.Carm. gave a wonderful homily in which he focused on the ministry of a priest and the Eucharist. The St Jude choir, directed by Rosemary Stone, provided wonderful music for the celebration. At the mass Fr. Richard wore the vestment his mother made for him on the occasion of his ordination 50 years ago.
In thanksgiving to Almighty God the Carmelite Friars of the North American Province of Saint Elias joyfully announce the election of our new leadership for the 2015 – 2018 Triennium.
In a prayerful and beautiful celebration of faith and vocation, Brother James Thien Tran, O. Carm. (SEL), Brother Ignatius Tien Le, O. Carm. (SEL), Brother Mikhail Woodruffe, O. Carm. (SEL), Brother Paul Richmond, O. Carm. (SEL), and Brother Jeffrey Lima, O. Carm.(PCM) pronounced their first vows of obedience, poverty and chastity to God according to the Rule and Constitutions of the Order of Carmelites on Monday, June 8th at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middletown, New York. Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Province of Saint Elias presided, and Very Reverend William Harry, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary preached. A lively luncheon followed with many Carmelite Brothers and Sisters, family and friends.
On May 23, 2015 the Lay Carmelites Annual Marian Day took place at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY. Those attending were greeted with a nice surprise by Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm, their Provincial Delegate, who had recently recovered from a hip replacement. Fr. Francis, O.Carm. celebrated Morning Prayer with the group, blessing the crown placed on the statue of Mary as they prayed the Litany of Mary.
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