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Congratulations to our four brothers who were ordained to the priesthood in Vietnam on February 22, 2017.  May God grant them many years of fruitful ministry.  

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. 

On Sunday, January 29, 2017 Carmelites participated in an impromptu celebration of the Eucharist in Lafayette Square in front of the White House to express their solidarity with refugees and immigrants.  More that 550 people attended the mass which was organized using social media by young Catholics and a grassroots organization called Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good which is an organization that promotes the social mission of Pope Francis and the Catholic Church in American politics. 

Join us for the enthroning of the historic statue and special Fatima celebration of the 100th Aniversary of Fatima at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY on Saturday, February 4, 2017.  Confessions will begin at 11am followed by Mass at 12:00 noon.   At 2pm a scriptural rosary and exposition of the blessed sacrament will take place. 

Vox Eliae Winter 2016-2017

Provincial Newsletter of the Order of Carmelites, North American Province of Saint Elias

Winter 2016-2017

Publisher and Editor Very Rev. Michael Kissane, O.Carm.

Co-Editor Wilma Ward, Provincial Secretary
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Congratulations to Rev. Bro. Nicholas Blackwell, O.Carm. who was ordained to the Diaconate by Most Rev. Barry Knestout, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington D.C. in a ceremony that took place at Whitefriars Hall, Washington D.C.!

Congratulations to Fr Jon Moore, O.Carm. and Bro. Henry Soto, O.Carm. on their simple profession of vows in the Carmelite Order which took place at Annunication Hermitage in Austin, Minnestoa on Wednesday, December 21, 2016.   Bishop John Quinn of the Diocese of Winona presided over the celebration and Fr Michael Kissane, O.Carm., the Provincial of the Carmelites, received their vows and celebrated the mass.  A special thanks to Fr Mario Esposito, O.Carm. who served as their Novice Director for the past year!