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St Elizabeth of the Trinity Community

(The Secular Order of Discalced Carmeltes)

FR LANCY MENDONCA

Spiritual Assistant

 

THOMAS NORONHA JOSEPHINE MENEZES LEONA D'SOUSA
President Formator 1st Councilor
     
LEONORA D'SOUZA ANTHONY MENEZES JUBILEE CARDOZO
2nd Councilor 3rd Councilor Secretary

 


 

COUNCIL MEMBERS

                                                           FR      LANCY MENCONCA               -    Spiritual Assistant
                                                           MR      THOMAS NORONHA              -    President
                                                           MRS   JOSEPHINE D'SOUZA            -    Formator
                                                           MRS   LEONA D'SOUZA                    -    1st Councilor
                                                           MRS   LEONORA D'SOUZA               -    2nd Councilor
                                                           MR     ANTHONY MENEZES               -   3rd Councilor
                                                           MRS   JUBILEE CARDOZO                -   Secretary
 

 

HISTORY OF THE CARMELITE ORDER

 

                Traditionally Carmel began from the time of Prophet Elijah.  He had an encounter with God on this holy mountain.  Between the years 1207-1209 A.D. Mount Carmel was inhabited by a group of monks who were Crusaders’ from Europe, who had come to fight the holy war in Israel.  They decided to live on Mount Carmel.  They took Our Lady to be their patroness and erected her statue there.  She is known as Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  These monks approached St. Albert of Jerusalem and asked him for a ‘Rule’ to follow.  Rule means the way of life they should live by.  The Rule given by St. Albert was very strict.  He told the monks to meditate on the Law of the Lord day and night.

 

ST ALBERT OF JERUSALEM                                                ST TERESA OF AVILA                                                           ST JOHN OF THE CROSS

             During this time the Muslims had invaded the Holy Land.  They burnt down churches, persecuted the believers and destroyed many holy places.  They forced conversion to Islam on the people living in the Holy Land.  If they refused conversion then they were heavily taxed and persecuted.  In 1235 A.D. to escape the persecution by the Muslims, the monks moved back to Europe.  The King of France visited Mount Carmel and took some of the monks to France. 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                           CARMELITE MONK                                                                                                    

            The Carmelite monks were scattered all over Europe.   Around that time an epidemic called “Black Death” spread over Europe and many of the old Carmelite monks died due to this plague.  There was a great demand for new priests in the monasteries.  But the younger generation did not want to join the Carmelite Order because of the strict Rule they would have to follow.  To attract the younger generation to the Carmelite priesthood the Rule of St. Albert was mitigated between 1432 – 1434 A.D.  Therefore the Carmelites lost their spiritual focus.

            When St. Teresa of Avila joined the Cloistered Carmel, she was very distressed at the slackness of the Order.  She with the help of St. John of the Cross began to reform the Order on the lines of St. Albert’s Rule in 1562 A.D.  Many opposed her reforms and wanted to remain under the mitigated Rule so the Order split into two groups namely, the Carmelite Order (who followed the mitigated Rule) and the Order of Discalced Carmelites (who followed the Rule of St. Albert).

            St. Teresa of Avila is regarded as the Mother of all Carmelites.  She established 17 monasteries by praying to St. Joseph for finances.  Therefore the first convent she established is named after St. Joseph.

            Thus the Discalced Carmelites have the rich spiritual teachings of Saints who have been named Doctors of the Church and many other saints whose life and teachings we Secular Carmelites endeavor to emulate. 

 

 

ANTHEM FOR CARMEL FEST

Lyrics: Fr Paul D'Souza;  Tune:  Fr Praveen D'Souza

 

1.  Like a brightly shining star,

You called us from afar

To your order, Your own Order,

Loving Mother  (2)

 

Chorus:  Carmel's Inspiration Oh Mary !

Carmel's aspiration ! O Mary !

Our joy and admiration, to you our deep devotion

Gentle, loving, caring Mother Mary  (2)

 

2.  While we wandered here and there,

You watched over us with care;

Now Your honoured dress we wear

Loving Mother  (2)

 

3.  Keep us always in Your Heart,

Never will we from You part;

Your wisdom to our minds impart

Loving Mother  (2) 

  

 

     
 
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