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The Story

Dear Family and Friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ! Welcome to my fundraising page!

This coming summer (God-willing!), I hope to enter as a postulant with the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. In this post I would like to share with you about this particular Carmelite community and how I am serving Our Lord with and through them.

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles (henceforth referred to as Carmelite Sisters) originally started out in Mexico during the early 1900's with our Mother Foundress, Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament (a.k.a. Mother Luisita). Mother Luisita established schools, hospitals and orphanages in Mexico before the religious persecution brought her and two of her companions to the United States as religious refugees in 1927. Since then, the Carmelite Sisters have been serving in various states throughout the U.S in three different apostolates:

  • Healthcare --  serving the elderly in need of skilled nursing, assisted living and independent living.
  • Education -- serving multiple schools in the U.S. from infants to high school seniors
  • Retreats -- promoting a deeper spiritual life for those who would like to participate in retreats

I am in the Candidacy program which allows me to seriously discern this way of life by working, living, and praying with the Carmelites as a lay person. I am currently in the Office of Development at Santa Teresita, which is a 12-acre "Neighborhood of Care"serving seniors in need of skilled nursing or assisted living. Also on campus is a child care center, which I had the privilege of serving in for the first 5 months of candidacy as a secretary/child care assistant.

Having both the elderly and children on the same campus is a beautiful witness of the Sisters' passion for the dignity of human life at all stages. Mother Luisita, our foundress, used the following words to describe our mission, “the soul of each Carmelite raises herself to Christ, Who is her heaven, while her shadow falls in charity upon earth doing good to all people.”

The way in which we live out Carmelite spirituality is the following:


– A life of prayer and union with God

– A deep love for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist

– Devotion to our Blessed Mother?lt;/p>

– Steadfast fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church

– Praying for priests

– Commitment to apostolic service of the Church through healthcare, education, and spiritual retreats

– Daily prayer together: Holy Hour, with Eucharistic adoration and rosary; chanting of the Divine Office; and two ½ hour periods of meditation (one is included during Holy Hour)

Living this life for the past 5 months has brought me more joy and beauty than I can express to you here and I can't help but continue moving forward at the promptings of Our Lord. However, in order for me to enter into the next step, I have to be completely debt free. I ask first for your prayers. Without prayer and the support of others' prayers, this life would be impossible to live. Secondly, I ask you to prayerfully consider contributing financially to this mission with a free will offering. Our Lord will never be outdone in generosity and I would be most grateful for any gift you can give! Please know that you and your family will be in my prayers continuously.

Stay tuned for the next post! I will share how I came to know the Carmelite Sisters. :)

May God bless you!

In His Loving Mercy,

Maureen








Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 13, 2016

Posted on August 13, 2016

Dear All,

Praised be Jesus Christ! Today is the day! Thank you again for all of your support and please know I am praying for you! God bless and keep you!

In His Sacred Heart

-Maureen Therese 

Posted on July 31, 2016

Posted on July 31, 2016

Dear All,

Praised be Jesus Christ! I hope you are all well. Please know of my continued prayers for you all.

The last few weeks have been full and busy! Two weeks ago, we were able to witness one of our Sisters make her First Profession of Vows on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16th), which also happened to be her parents wedding anniversary. Not only did Sister make her first vows but her parents renewed their wedding vows. It was an honor to be there!

The following day, we witnessed another of our Sisters make her Perpetual Vows. I have never been to a Final Profession and I can't think of another ceremony that I have attended that was more beautiful. You can visit https://carmelitesistersocd.com/category/slideshow/ for the slideshows of the First and Final Professions. The pictures will show the beauty that I am unable to express in words here. I am so grateful that I was able to be at both ceremonies! 

Currently, I am on my home visit and it has been wonderful to be with family and friends back in Colorado! I think summertime in CO is my favorite :) I plan to post a few more updates before entrance so please stay tuned!

In the last post, I mentioned that I would explain a little more about our formation process. Outlined below (courtesy of https://carmelitesistersocd.com/formation/) is the formation process for the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles:

Candidacy: 1-2 years

The purpose of the candidacy is two-fold: to provide a time of serious discernment regarding a possible vocation to our community and to provide the applicant with a deeper and practical understanding of the Carmelite charism as lived out by our community.


Postulancy
: 10 months

The purpose of the postulancy is to deepen the postulants’ awareness of their personal consecration to Christ through their personal commitment to prayer, doctrinal study and communal living.


Novitiate: 2 years

The principal purpose of the novitiate is to introduce the novices to the essential requirements of the religious life especially to greater charity through the practice of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience, which they will later profess. It gives the novices a greater understanding of their divine vocation and of their vocation to our Institute.


First Profession

By religious profession we assume by public vows the observance of the three evangelical counsels of obedience, chastity and poverty, are consecrated to God through the ministry of the Church and are incorporated into our Institute with the rights and obligations defined in Canon Law and in our Constitutions.

Temporary vows: 6 years

Formation continues during temporary vows. The first years strengthen a life of union with God, a sense of belonging to our Institute, and gradually introduce each sister to the works of our apostolates.

Perpetual Profession

By perpetual profession, made in accordance with the directives of the Church, we declare that we desire to give ourselves totally to God forever in the service of others according to our Teresian charism, the spirit of Mother Luisita and our Constitutions.
Perpetual profession constitutes a radical commitment for life which must determine all our subsequent choices. Forever.


Ongoing Formation

Our religious profession lived in fidelity to God in the spirit of Carmel and of our Mother Foundress demands continuous self-formation. As Carmelites we seek in all things ~ in apostolic activities, in prayer, in study and at times dedicated to them ~ purity of intention and charity toward God and toward all.
We stand upon the shoulders of the sisters who have gone before us.
May they rest in peace.



Thank you all again for your continued support through encouragement and prayer! Please keep it up!

In His Sacred Heart,

Maureen Therese


Posted on July 11, 2016

Posted on July 11, 2016

Dear All,

Praised be Jesus Christ! It is with great joy that I announce that my fundraising goal has been reached and I get to enter Carmel!!! Thank you to all of you for your support, encouragement, and prayers! I can't express to you the excitement I have that Our Lord is willing that I move forward. There will be 5 of us beginning aspirancy on August 13th, which is a month's time of preparation for postulancy. I will write another post explaining these steps in formation, but I wanted to announce this first. :) God reward you all!

Praying for each of you! 

In His Sacred Heart,

Maureen

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