The Desert

 I do not fear the desert, For Jesus walked there first.

Behind me and before me, Growing deeper in my thirst.

I still see Him daily, I am grateful for that gift.

For many do not have it, Yet in them He still lives.

Church doors have been shuttered, In an effort to stop the spread.

We live stream Mass in place of it, Our virtual daily bread,

No not virtual- His presence is still real.

He moved beyond technology, To preach, and teach, and heal.

"Dwell with me spiritually", Has become our daily prayer.

Within me and around me, I see Him everywhere.

In the faces of healthcare workers, Who go into the fight.

They do their jobs despite the risk, Into darkness they bring light.

In the smile of a stranger, Hidden behind the mask.

"Love your neighbor as yourself", We are being called to task.

Although we are far from over, An end not soon in sight.

The victory is coming, A future-hopeful and bright.

For now the tomb is sealed, And Jesus is laid away.

But stones don't last forever, Christ has won the day!

Poem: Sister Michelle Elizabeth Marie, O.Carm.

Off to my First Mission Experience!


Sister Michelle Elizabeth, our second year novice, left for her First Mission experience on September 6th. She will stay in our facility in Columbus, Ohio for two months to learn our mission of care to the elderly. She looks forward to her new community and the service she will give to our beloved residents. Pray for her and we will surely miss her presence at the Motherhouse!

First Profession of Vows

 On July 10, 2021, our two novices, Sr. Sharon Rose Carmel and Sr. Dolores Carmel, professed First Vows before our Prioress General. The Eucharistic liturgy was presided by Timothy Cardinal Dolan and assisted by Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm. It was a beautiful ceremony attended by family  members, invited guests and the Sisters, Friars and Brothers of the Carmelite Family. Now, our two newly professed, with their black veil on, symbolizing their profession of the three vows of Obedience, Poverty and Chastity before God's people, are on to their first mission of caring for the elderly. Pray for them and wish them well!