On this Feast of St. Therese, October 1, 2012, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm thank God for the grace of welcoming new Sisters to our Congregation. The Reception Ceremony started with the four Postulants entering the Chapel and gathering in front of the main altar. They were then asked the question, “What do you desire?” The Postulants then responded, “I ask the mercy of God and the habit of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I wish to learn and to live this way of life and to be tested, so that I may be admitted to this religious Community for the following of Christ.” After invoking God’s blessings, the holy habits were then blessed and given to each Postulant by Mother Mark Louis Anne, Superior General, as they left Chapel.
The Postulants then returned to Chapel dressed in the Carmelite habit and knelt down to receive their religious names: “Your name in religion will be- Sr. Luke Mary Angeline, Sr. Mary Catherine Angeline, Sr. Maureen Paul Angeline and Sr. Hope Therese Angeline.”
The Chapel then filled with applause as the Community gave a warm welcome to our new Novices! The Eucharistic celebration of the Feast of Saint Therese then followed. Our main celebrant, Father Ashley Harrington, O.Carm, of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Province, thanked God for the graces bestowed upon the new novices and our Congregation. It was appropriate that Father Ashley would make “remembrance” as the theme of the day. This happy event, experienced by all the Sisters who by their own calling answered the call of God, is an invitation to our new Sisters to etch and to cherish in their memories this “first hour, of the first day, of their Carmelite religious life.” The journey has started, and the road is long, but for those who chose to follow the Will of God in their lives, every day of the journey is a new beginning since the Will of God is always in the present.
|(L to R): Fr. Ashley Harrington, O.Carm., Sr. Luke Mary Angeline, O.Carm., Sr. Hope Therese Angeline, O.Carm., Sr. Maureen Paul Angeline, O.Carm., Sr. Mary Catherine Angeline, O.Carm., Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.|
A delicious meal was then enjoyed by everyone present. Congratulations, Sisters! May you find your life in Carmel joyful, fulfilling and full of promise!