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2015 Lay Carmelite Convocation in Atlanta


USA: A brochure and registration information for the upcoming Lay Carmelite Convocation was mailed to all received and professed Lay Carmelites at the end of January 2015. If you did not receive the packet, please contact the Lay Carmelite Office:

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Profession In The Third Order And Admission To The Novitiate

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Rome, Italy: On the 7th of February, a Saturday, during the celebration of the Eucharist, at 18:30 hours, presided by Fr. Gerardo Bonsignore, spiritual director of the Third Order, Sisters Carlucci Vanna and Laura Grimaldi, without vote, and Brother Claudio Garza, with the votes, have made perpetual profession in the secular fraternity of Santa Maria in Traspontina.

Temporary Profession of 17 Seminarians

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Last 21 February 2015, 17 seminarians  had made their Temporary Profession and 1 seminarian was received as a postulant to the Third Order of Carmelites Regular (TOC - Regular) in Saint Teresa of Avila Chapel, New Manila, Quezon City.  The Mass and reception were altogether officiated by Fr. Christian Buenafe,

Temporary Profession, Reception of Novices and Scapular Imposition of Aspirants

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Last January 10, 2015 the new community of Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew celebrates the Temporary Profession of 9 members, 3 Novices, and 2 Aspirants held at San Bartolome Apostol Parish, San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija. Rev. Fr. Baltazar Ronato, O.Carm, National Spiritual Director

News from the Philippines


On Jan. 23 – 25, 2015, the members of the National Secretariat of the TOC had their annual at the Flos Carmeli House of Prayer. The retreat was facilitated by Rev. Fr. Baltasar Ronato, OCarm. It delves about self-emptying or “kenosis” on leadership. Community prayers and spiritual readings are some of the highlights of the retreat to be alone with the Alone.

ENCOUNTER WITH A RELIC: The Walking Staff of St. Teresa of Avila


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To mark the 500th birthday of St. Teresa of Avila, the walking staff which she used during her life landed in Kenya on 10th January 2015 on a global pilgrimage organized by the Discalced Carmelites. Here in Kenya the staff was taken to different Carmelite monasteries and convents where Carmelites and other catholic Christians gathered to see and venerate it. One Lay Carmelite narrates her experience of the encounter:

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