Welcome Our New Postulant!

The Carmelite Sisters welcome with great joy Trish Doan who joined the Congregation on August 6, 2013, Feast of Transfiguration! Trish is originally from Vietnam and lived in Westminster, CA.  We wish Sr. Trish God’s blessings as she begins her journey in Carmel!

                                   Reciting the Act of Consecration to Our Lady

                                Mother Mark places the brown scapular of Carmel

                                         Receiving the Community Book

                                                             Welcome to Carmel!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Trish, I have no better words for you than these that come from Saint Therese Benedicta of the Cross, OCD (Carmelite nun and Jewish convert to the faith whose feast day we celebrate today).
    'Those who join the Carmelite Order are not lost to their near and dear ones, but have been won for them, because it is our vocation to intercede to God for everyone'.

    “The world is in flames. The conflagration can also reach our house. But high above all flames towers the cross. They cannot consume it. It is the path from earth to heaven. It will lift one who embraces it in faith, love, and hope into the bosom of the Trinity.
    The world is in flames. Are you impelled to put them out? Look at the cross. From the open heart gushes the blood of the Saviour. This extinguishes the flames of hell. Make your heart free by the faithful fulfilment of your vows; then the flood of divine love will be poured into your heart until it overflows and becomes fruitful to all the ends of the earth. Do you hear the groans of the wounded on the battlefields in the west and the east? You are not a physician and not a nurse and cannot bind up the wounds. You are enclosed in a cell and cannot get to them. Do you hear the anguish of the dying? You would like to be a priest and comfort them. Does the lament of the widows and orphans distress you? You would like to be an angel of mercy and help them. Look at the Crucified. If you are nuptially bound to him by the faithful observance of your holy vows, your being is precious blood. Bound to him, you are omnipresent as he is. You cannot help here or there like the physician, the nurse, the priest. You can be at all fronts, wherever there is grief, in the power of the cross. Your compassionate love takes you everywhere, this love from the divine heart. Its precious blood is poured everywhere soothing, healing, saving.
    The eyes of the Crucified look down on you asking, probing. Will you make your covenant with the Crucified anew in all seriousness? What will you answer him? “Lord, where shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (III.2.Elevation of the Cross, 14 September 1939) God bless you and your fellow postulants and you have my continued prayers for your vocations. Carmel has three new roses in the garden! May you bloom profusely! Love Mamma Jo