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LaBruna4Today is the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, the Carmelites' principal feast day.

The first hermits on Mount Carmel built a church in the middle of their cells which was the centre of their lives where they gathered each day to pray and celebrate Mass together.

They named their church in honour of Our Lady, taking her as their patroness, promising her their faithful service and expecting her protection and favour.

That's why Carmelite friars are officially known as the "Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel".

“Carmelites see in Mary the perfect image of all that we want and hope to be as the brothers and sisters of her Son.” (Carmelite Constitutions)

Read the Prior General's letter for the feast day here.

Sunday, 12 July 2015 13:59

Convite - You're invited...

SP2015Web200On Saturday 18 July 5 young Timorese Carmelites will make their solemn Profession (life commitment) in the Order.

Among them is Br Januario Pinto who has been completing his ministerial studies in Australia for the past two and a half years.

Also making their Solemn Profession are: Br Donato de Jesus Marçal, Br Agostinho Exposto (who recently completed a 3 month English course in Melbourne), Br Carlito da Silva and Br Pedro Amaral.

The Solemn Professions will take place during Mass at the São Elias Carmelite Community in Hera, Timor Leste.

You can downlaod a copy of the invitation pdf here (851 KB) .

OLMCIconFr Fernando Millián (Prior General of the Carmelites) has written a special message to the whole Order as we approach the Novena and Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

In his letter the Prior General addresses the important event of the year of the Consecrated life and three great figures of Carmel whom we celebrate this year, and who had great devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel: St Teresa of Jesus on the 5th centenary of her birth; St Simon Stock on the 750th anniversary of his death, and Bl. Bishop Oscar Romero, who was beatified in May this year.

For the full text of fr Fernando's letter click the "read more" link below.

Click here for the Novena Prayer for each day from 7 - 15 July.

The prayers will also be available each day on our social media sites: Facebook & Twitter.

LaBruna4Making a novena (from the Latin for nine) has a long tradition in the Church. Typically, it means nine successive days of prayer. Each year, on the nine days before the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, (7-15 July) Carmelites offer their prayers for those in need.

For the first time we will post the prayer for each day of the Novena from 7 July on our social media sites Facebook, Twitter, & Tumblr. The prayers are also available by clicking the 'Read more' link below.

We are encouraged in our prayer by Fr Fernando (Carmelite Prior General) who says:

“I believe that we too, as people devoted to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, are called to bring freedom to those who suffer the purgatories of our times - hunger, unemployment, war, terrorism, drugs, depression, loneliness, poor education, exploitation and abuse."

Thursday, 02 July 2015 15:34

Celebrating 70 years of Mothers' Mass

MM2015Web200This year we will be celebrating the 70th annual Mothers’ Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park (VIC).

Mass celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (16 July) was originally offered for all Australians serving or killed during World War II.

With the dawn of peace in 1945 this Mass was then offered for all mothers, living and deceased.


Wednesday, 01 July 2015 11:15

Carmel Contact July 2015


Welcome to this special issue celebrating the 70th anniversary of our annual Mothers' Mass.

First celebrated in 1945 this mass has been offered for all mothers (living and deceased) every year since. Join us at 10.30am on 19 July at the National Shrine, Middle Park for this year's special anniversary Mass.

Also in this issue we celebrate the life of Fr Noel Kierce who died recently and Fr Pat Harney who is still 'going strong' at 94 years of age!

You can also join us in our annual Novena of Prayer for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel using the prayers in this issue. These 9 days of prayer are offered for all the members of our Carmelite Family in Australia and Timor Leste.

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