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THE NIGHTINGALE Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites Akron (Cleveland) Community of the Holy Family On Sunday, October 6, 2013 our annual Clothing and Profession Mass was held at St. Sebastian Church in Akron, Ohio. Fr. Andrew Turner was the celebrant. It was a beautiful celebration. Congratulations to the following people: Definitive Profession: Therese Horrigan of the Holy Spirit and Kelly Sheredy of the Holy Spirit Temporary Profession: Erin of Jesus Crucifed Clothed with the Scapular: Brenton of St. Augustine Christopher of the Love of Christ Donald of Emmanuel Mary of the Cross Jackie, Child of the Infant of Prague Judy, Maria Damian of Quiet Faithfulness Millie of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Norma, Child of Mary Megan, Veronica of Christ the Bridegroom


Nov. 3: Monthly Meeting Nov. 8: Bl. Eliz. of the Trinity Nov. 14: All Carmelite Saints Nov. 15: All Carmelite Souls Nov. 19: St. Raph. Kalinowski Nov. 28: Anniv. of Reform Nov. 29: Bl. Denis

BIRTHDAYS Nov. 3: Ellen Nov. 17: Eileen Nov. 19: Debbie Nov. 29: Linda Nov. 30: Bonnie

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity-Feast Day: November 8 CARMELITE QUOTE Prayer is the source of heroic promises, of resolutions, and of ardent desires; it is the beginning of contempt for the world How can we fulfill this great dream of God’s heart, his unchangeable will for us--how can because of a clear perception of the we respond to our vocation and become the perfect praise of glory of the Most Holy world’s vanity. Trinity? In heaven everyone is a praise of glory to the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, because everyone is rooted in pure love and no longer lives by his own life but by God’s life. A Praise of Glory is someone who lives in God, who loves him purely and unselfishly, not looking for any sweetness for herself in this love; she loves him above all his gifts and would love him even if she received nothing, wanting only her Lover’s good.

St. Teresa of Jesus


Did you know there is a community of Discalced Carmelite Friars in Lisieux, France? To learn more about our Carmelite brothers in Lisieux, visit their website: At the request of the Diocese of Bayeux, the Discalced Carmelites started their presence in Lisieux on 27 October 1998. The foundation, composed of brothers belonging to the various provinces of the Order, was charged with a mission of education and research on the spirituality of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. Read more...

Washington Province Issues New Attendance Policy for Seculars The Washington Province published the new attendance policy in the April-June 2013 (Volume XXIX, NO. 2) issue of the Carmel Clarion. The policy takes place immediately. The main points of the policy were discussed at our September meeting. -Members who miss 5 meetings in any given calendar year must contact the local council, who will then determine if the member can maintain active status in the community. -Members returning to active status will be required to undergo a refresher program of formation as determined by the local council. -Any member missing 5 or more meetings in the 12 month prior to the month in which the triennial Nominating Committee is appointed (normally in January) is ineligible to: (1) (2) (3) (4)

serve on the Nominating Committee, serve on the community’s Council serve as Secretary or Treasurer or vote in the triennial election itself.

-Attendance requirements for completing the three periods of formation are more rigorous and it is the responsibility of the local council to ensure that the formation requirements are fulfilled. Those in formation should expect to make up missed sessions (on tape, written assignments, etc. ) or have their time in formation extended. Please see the above noted edition of the Clarion for the full attendance policy.

CALL TO CARMEL: Patty Marvin of the Holy Family, OCDS God came in the back door of my life with Carmel. I was going to daily Mass as much as I could, I was praying the Liturgy of the hours. I have a devotion to our Holy Mother, praying her rosary as much as possible. I was only reading spiritual books. I loved quiet. I tried to make a vow of poverty but my confessor deterred me from doing that…I could go on about all the different ways that I was ‘doing’ without a purpose, without guidance… wanting to please our Lord. A friend told me about Carmel and suggested I read Fr. Thomas Dubay’s book The Fire Within and it’s been a no-brainer since then. Do you have a favorite Carmelite Saint? St.Teresa of Jesus Do you have a favorite Carmelite quote or Scripture passage? The Gospel of John What spiritual book are you reading? Many different ones, can’t seem to finish any and am always going back for references. Please tell us about your family. I live with my husband of 25 years, Dennis, and my daughter, Heidi, her husband of 15years,Ryan, and their 3 children: Reagan,15, Brody,10, and Riley, 9. We have a dog, George W.,3 cats, 9 horses and whatever wanders into the house. Right now we are remodeling and could be on tv for a reality show… What are your hobbies and interests? My hobbies are reading and horses and gardening. My interests are working with youth. I am part of the confirmation team at church. I co-host youth Bible study and work with youth on Sunday nights after the 5pm youth Mas. What would people be surprised to find out about you? Are you ready??? I was away from the Church for almost 30 years! Anything else you wish to share? Only to thank all of my Carmelite brothers and sisters for their love and support and their patience with my ignorance! God bless you all, you are in my daily prayers!!!!

Patty at the Picnic

In the Barn

Patty and “Joe”

News From the General House of Teresian Carmel Beatification of Discalced Carmelites Fr Agustí Borrel the Carmelite Family of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands held its annual meeting in Tarragona, to coincide with the celebration of the beatification of 522 twentieth-century martyrs from Spain. The ceremony took place on Sunday, October 13, in this Mediterranean capital. Among the martyrs beatified were eleven Discalced Carmelite friars and four Carmelite Tertiary Brothers of the Education, a congregation founded by Blessed Francis Palau. They were all martyred in 1936 in Tarragona and Lleida for their faith, at the beginning of the Spanish civil war. Also beatified were 19 Carmelite friars of the Ancient Observance, who formed part of the processes begun in Madrid and Cordova. The ceremony began with the playing of a recorded message from Pope Francis addressed to those attending (about 25,000 people) encouraging them to keep their faith, even in difficult times, and thus be seeds of hope and builders of brotherhood and solidarity. Cardinal Angelo Amato presided at the celebration, representing the Pope, and the Eucharist was concelebrated by more than one hundred cardinals and bishops, as well as many Superiors General and representatives of different orders and religious congregations, and over a thousand priests, from Spanish dioceses and even countries abroad. The Carmelite Family concluded the day in the college of the Teresian Carmelite Missionary Sisters with a fraternal meal and a simple religious function in the presence of many religious, male and female, and laity from various Spanish provinces and some relatives of the beatified religious, who came from different parts of the Iberian peninsula.

from our Provincial, Fr. John Sullivan, OCD: In consultation with the 2015 OCDS National Congress planning committee, I have decided it is appropriate to announce this event in the Oct-Dec Clarion that is enroute to you. The Washington Province of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is planning a major celebration for the V Centenary of our holy Mother Teresa’s birth at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill in a pilgrimage on October 15th during this event. We hope this early announcement will allow seculars the opportunity to begin planning to join us! Another important OCDS Congress is being hosted by the Oklahoma Province of St. Thérèse in Atlanta August 20 to 23rd 2014. The theme Blessed is the Heart in Love, Centered on God Alone is very relevant as the Carmelite family completes its reading of Teresa’s writings. I think you will find one of the presentations, “St. Teresa's Letters and Living as a Secular”, of particular interest. The convenience and location of this venue for many OCDS in our Province makes attendance at this event worthy of your consideration. In keeping with the request of our Fr. General, Saverio Cannistra, O.C.D., the year between October 15th 2014 and 2015 should be a time of celebrations for the V Centenary of St. Teresa’s Birth. Many opportunities are available for you to participate: see the listed events on the new website, which is a collaboration of the Discalced Carmelites in the US: Prayers and Blessings as we continue our personal and community preparations for the Saint Teresa V Centenary, Provincial, Washington Province of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The nightingale november 2013  

Monthly newsletter of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites-Akron Community of the Holy Family

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