October 27, 2007

October 26, 2007

Vocation Day
Franciscan University
of Steubenville, Ohio

On October 26, 2007, Fr. Adam Gregory represented the community at the Vocation Fair at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. He was joined by Fr. Elijah Martin, OCD, Vocation Director of the Washington Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars, the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart and the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

October 22, 2007

October 16, 2007

Fr. Philip Sullivan, OCD, had the special blessing of celebrating Holy Mass for our Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Tepeyac (the hill of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe) on OHM St. Teresa's feastday. In the above pictures, Fr. Philip is shown celebrating Mass with Fr. Jerome Karcher during their pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. St. Juan Diego's tilma, with the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, can be see behind the main altar.

October 15, 2007

October 15, 2007

Solemnity of Our Holy Mother,
Saint Teresa of Jesus

While at St. Joseph's in Avila, on the vigil of Pentecost, I was in the hermitage of Nazareth reflecting upon a very great favor our Lord had granted me on that day, more or less twenty years before, when an intense spiritual impulse and fervor began which caused my faculties to be suspended. In this great recollection I heard from our Lord the following:
That I should tell the Discalced Fathers that for their part they ought to strive to observe four things and that as long as they keep them their religious order will grow, and that when they fail to do so they will be falling away from their original purpose. The first is that their leaders be in accord. The second, that though they have many houses, there be few friars in each. The third, that they speak little with seculars, but that when they do, it be for the good of these persons' souls. The fourth, that they teach by works more than by words.
This happened in the year 1579. And because it is very true, I sign it with my name:
Teresa of Jesus

October 13, 2007

On October 13, 2007, Fr. Adam Gregory Gonzales joined other Vocation Directors and representatives from some 25 religious orders at the
Diocese of San Jose Vocation Fair.

October 8, 2007

On October 8, 2007, the two members of our Province who are studying theology at the International Carmelite College (The Teresianum), in Rome, began their semester along with Discalced Carmelite Friars from around the world. Can you spot
Bro. Ramiro and Bro. Juan Elias in the sea of brown?

October 3, 2007

October 2, 2007

Mount Saint Joseph threatened by fire

During the afternoon on the feast of the Guardian Angels, our cook noticed smoke coming from behind the monastery. As the Prior was being alerted the San Jose Fire Department was already arriving in our parking lot. Apparently, a car fire on Clayton Road started the blaze which burned around 15 acres of our hillside and came within a few feet of the garage and back of the monastery. Due to the bravery, efficiency and quick work of the San Jose Fire Department and the California Department of Forestry the fire was contained and extinguished within a few anxious hours. We praise and give give thanks to God, today, for preserving this monastery and for the safety of his servants. (Thanks to our guardian angels, too!)