April 16, 2010

Transition Retreat 2010

From April 13- 16, some of our Friars in transition met at the Cardinal Manning House of Prayer for Priests. Transition period is usually within five years of leaving the House of Studies (and in some cases ordination to the Priesthood) into the regular life of the Order. The four day retreat included prayer, Liturgy, conferences, recreation, meetings with Fr. Provincial and lots of fraternal sharing.

February 14, 2010

25 years a Priest

On February, 13, 2010, Fr. Mark Kristy, O.C.D. celebrated his Silver Jubilee of Priestly Ordination. Fr. Mark celebrated the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, the latin Tridentine Mass, at our St. Therese Church (Alhambra, Ca) where he was ordained 25 years ago.

February 9, 2010

New Postulants in Uganda

Our mission in Uganda recently received seven new postulants. Picture with them are Fr. Stephen, who received them on behalf of our Province, and Postulant Patrick, who entered in January 2009.

left to right: Geofrey Nyanja, Peter Mugwanya, Jude Taddeo Ssenyonga, Fr. Stephen, John Kennedy Yawe, Henry Amoko, Daudi Isabirye, Patrick Kitega (go to ocdwest.org to read Patrick's perspective on our Mission) and Bernard Onyango.

February 8, 2010

Uganda Update

Fr. Stephen, Superior of the Uganda Mission, working on the House of Studies.
The current "Uganda Update" may be read by clicking here: Provincial website.

February 4, 2010

New Novices

On February 4, 2010, at Mount Saint Joseph, Fr. Provincial Matthew received our two Postulants into the Novitiate. Assisted by our new Novice Master, Fr. Thomas, he invested the Brothers in the holy habit of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and and gave them their religious names. The ceremony took place within Solemn Vespers and was followed by Benediction.

Fr. Thomas (Novice Master) and Fr. Matthew (Provincial Superior)

Fr. Matthew blesses the habits.

The new novices with their Novice Master and Provincial Superior

Henceforth, Mr. Brett Sharp will be known as
Brother Vincent Mary of Christ Crucified

Henceforth, Mr. Charles "Dusty" DeLacey will be known as
Brother John Pio of the Most Sacred Heart

January 13, 2010

OCDS Formation Meeting

Our Friars at El Carmelo Retreat House had the privilege of hosting 72 Secular Carmelite Formation Directors from all over our Province for an on-going formation program from January 11- 14.

Pictured, in the center, is Fr. Donald Kinney, O.C.D., Provincial Delegate to the O.C.D.S.