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St. Teresa of Jesus Mentor of Relationship

Friday, September 25, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Heritage Committee invites you to an upcoming event on November 14, 2015 to celebrate the 5th centenary of St. Teresa's birth.  Please see the poster below.

Saint Teresa of Jesus: Mentor of Relationship Saint Teresa of Jesus: Mentor of Relationship (380 KB)

Carmelite Symposium Fourth Day

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink


The participants of the Carmelite Institute Symposium gathered on July 1st for the final round of conferences with the closing theme of "St. Teresa's Gift to Theology". The first to take the stage was Fr. Steven Payne, OCD, President of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.  His chosen topic "Inculturating Saint Teresa" highlighted  challenges posed by inculturation in general, and Teresian /Carmelite inculturation in particular.

Fr. Steven Payne, OCD

Fr. Emiel Abalahin, O.Carm. Graduate student in Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and a new scholar in Theology, presented the topic of  "Dignity: A Teresian Concept."

Fr. Emil Abalahin, O.Carm.

The final speaker to take the stage was Megan Loumagne who was recipient of the Vilma Seelaus Essay Award. Her chosen topic was "Taking Her Stand Beyond All Earthly Hierarchies: Teresa of Avila, Gender and Prayer."

Megan Loumagne



Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD

The highlight of today's events was the Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD for his extensive academic contribution to the Carmelite Order and the Church.  Among Fr. Kieran's multiple achievements are the well known translations of the Collected Works of Saint Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross from Spanish to English.  Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh is distinguished as a prolific writer, speaker, retreat master and spiritual director. Fr. Jack Welch, O.Carm. was the main celebrant at the Eucharistic Celebration for this event. Sr. Mary Grace, OCD, an iconographer from Terra Haute Carmel, created the icon of St. Teresa of Avila which was presented to Fr. Kieran. A special banquet was held in honor of this special event.

The North American Carmelite Symposium 2015 officially ended on July 2nd after the Closing Mass celebrated by Fr. Mario Esposito, O.Carm.  It has been a wonderful experience of learning and fraternity. We thank the Carmelite Institute organizers, invited speakers, Staff of Mundelein Seminary, Lay Carmelite volunteers and participants who made this year's Symposium a great success!

Praise be Jesus Christ and Our Lady of Mount Carmel!


Missy drives the golf cart
Last breakfast togetherFather General plays with the cameraCarmelite Nuns, Terra Haute, IN
Participant enjoying her paperICS Publications with Brother Brian
Icons for sale made by Terra Haute NunsICS Publications Books
L-R Sr. Bernadette, Sr. Mary Grace and Sr. MarthaVideographer James
Edith Matlock, CI Executive Director and Fr. Mario Esposito, CI Board ChairmanSymposium Speakers (L-R) Fr. Leopold Glueckert, Dr. Barbara Mujica, Fr. Brian McDermott
Fr. Steven Payne and Edith MatlockMegan Loumagne, Vilma Seelaus Lecture

ChoirFr. Jack Welch, O.Carm was Celebrant

Fr. Jack Welch, O.Carm. introduces Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh, OCDFr. Patrick McMahon, O.Carm. introduces Sr. Mary Grace, OCDSr. Mary Grace, OCD explains the meaning of the Icon.
Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh presented with Lifetime Achievement Award
Fr. Kieran with Carmelites from Terra Haute, INCarmelite Nuns, Terra Haute, IN


Carmelite Symposium Third Day

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The North American Carmelite Symposium being held at Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, IL continued with day three of scheduled conferences on the theme of "Saint Teresa's Gift to Prayer."

Professor Donna Orsuto, S.T.D of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome presented an engaging topic on "Leadership Qualities" found in Saint Teresa using as her point of reference the Saint's Book of Foundations.

Professor Donna Orsuto, STD

Sr. Constance Fitzgerald, OCD and Fr. Brian McDermott, SJ delivered a tandem presentation on "Christ Consciousness: Carmelite and Ignatian Spiritualities."


 Sr. Constance Fitzgerald,OCD and Fr. Brian McDermott, SJ      

During one of the conference break sessions, our Sisters found time to pose with tomorrow night's recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award, Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD.


On this beautiful day at Saint Mary of the Lake, the participants of the North American Carmelite Symposium 2015 gathered outside for a group photo.     



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Carmelite Symposium Second Day

Monday, June 29, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The North American Carmelite Symposium being held at Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, IL continued with day two of scheduled conferences on the theme of "Saint Teresa: Daughter of the Church." Following the celebration of chanted Lauds in honor of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the participants gathered for the symposium's first round of conferences.  Fr. Patrick McMahon, O.Carm., President of the North American Carmelite Institute, opened with the Welcome Address.  Most Rev. Fernando Millan Romeral, O.Carm., Prior General of the Carmelites, shared his thoughts on the meaning and relevance of St. Teresa's 5th Centenary.  The following speakers presented topics in their line of expertise:  Fr. Leopold Glueckert, O.Carm.on "St. Teresa's Historical Context", Keith Egan, TOC on "St. Teresa's Carmelite Character", and Barbara Mujica of Georgetown University delivered a presentation on the powerful women of St. Teresa's First Communities.  At the end of the conferences, an hour-long round table discussions with the presenters followed.

The day concluded with the Eucharistic Celebration of today's solemnity with Prior General Fernando Millan Romeral, the main celebrant.

The participants and some visitors from local parishes attended a special musical presentation on the Interior Castle performed by a group of artists especially commissioned for the show.

Most Rev. Fernando Millan Romeral, O.Carm, Prior General
Fr. Leopold Glueckert, O.Carm.
The Mother Angeline Society: Sr. Jeanne Francis and Michelle EspositoKeith Egan, TOC
Barbara MujicaFr. Leopold Glueckert, O.Carm.
Keith Egan, TOC
Sr. Helena, Michelle Esposito, Sr. Patricia MargaretGolf transport to Interior Castle MusicalSt. Elias Province participants on the way to the Musical
Surprised to see the Sisters of St. Mary of Providence


Carmelite Symposium First Day

Sunday, June 28, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Symposium sponsored by the Carmelite Institute of North America opened June 28th  with the theme "Saint Teresa's Gift to the 21st Century" at Saint Mary's of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, IL. The event is attended by members belonging to both branches of the Order- Friars, Nuns, Sisters and Lay Carmelites. We are privileged to have the Prior General of the Order of Carmelites, Father Fernando Millan Romeral, O.Carm. join us for this event.

The chanted First Vespers for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul was held at the Seminary's chapel and was followed by light reception and socials.

The Symposium's program for the next few days will include conferences covering the life and gift of Saint Teresa of Jesus to the Carmelite Order and the Church.  The Symposium will conclude on Wednesday night with the Eucharistic liturgy by Fr. Jack Welch, O.Carm., celebrating Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD and his contribution to Saint Teresa's work.  At the special banquet following the liturgy, Fr. Kieran will be presented with Lifetime Achievement Award.



Carmelite World Day of Prayer

Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink
On March 28, 2015, the entire Teresian family of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, nuns, friars and secular members, in union with the whole Church, will celebrate the 500th birthday of St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church and reformer of Carmel. To mark this significant anniversary and as a birthday gift to St. Teresa, the Superior General of our Order, Fr. Saverio Cannistrá has called all communities of Carmelite nuns, friars, and Secular Order members throughout the world to offer a world hour of prayer for peace on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Our Holy Father Pope Francis has looked kindly on this initiative and will himself lead it with an hour of prayer on that day, making this initiative an ecclesial event.

Saint Teresa Centenary Events

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The beginning of the 5th Centenary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Avila is now close. We have received news of various events that are happening in various parts of the world which we would like to share with you in chronological order. These are in addition to those we have already publicised (citoc-online 91/2013):

In July the “Teresian Carmelite Family” in Portugal made a pilgrimage to places associated with Teresa in Spain with over 500 people taking part. This association, created for the centenary is made up of the Carmelites, Discalced Carmelites, the Congregations of Sisters and  groups of Lay Carmelites. It is now organising a second spirituality congress on the theme of “The Christian Mystical Experience” which will take place in Fatima from 17th – 19th October 2014.

An ongoing formation course took place took place for the Iberian Region in Salamanca from 5th - 6th August on “The Carmelite Milieu of St. Theresa” (Jordi M. Gil, O.Carm.) and “The Presence of the Saint in the City of Salamanca” (Desiderio Garcia, O.Carm.)

The General Commission for Formation organised an ongoing formation course at CITES in Avila from 7th – 17th September 2014. 48 Carmelites from 16 countries took part in the course which focussed on the life and doctrine of Saint Teresa (see citoc-online 82/2014).

In Ireland on 12th October Mass celebrated by Mons Philip Boyce, OCD will be televised from Donnybrook with both branches of the Order taking part. On 22nd November Professor Donna Orsuto will give a conference at our house in Whitefriars Street, Dublin, for the whole Carmelite Family.

The Carmelite Forum of Britain and Ireland which is a collaborative project of the whole Carmelite Family in Britain and Ireland are preparing a whole series of liturgies, events and lectures. The Centenary year will begin with opening Masses celebrated both in Dublin (Saint Teresa’s Discalced Carmelite Church in Clarendon Street) and in London (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Discalced Carmelite Church in Kensington). The forum has established a website as a central resource for the Centenary and this can be found at

In Australia the “Carmelites Together” association includes the various branches and groups of the Carmelite Family. During October 2015 they are organising a pilgrimage to Teresian sites in Spain which will be led by Greg Burke, OCD and Paul Gurr, O.Carm.


2015 Annual Carmelite Symposium

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Photo Courtesy: Carmel Stream

The Carmelite Institute of North America is proud to assume the work of the Carmelite Forum previously held at St. Mary's College in South Bend.  We hope you will continue the tradition with the Carmelite Institute at its new location at St. Mary's of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, IL on June 28-July2, 2015.

You can now register at Carmel Stream website !