Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Thérèse


This blog offers news, reflections, and ramblings from the woods and hallways of Marylake Monastery, our province's house of prayer in rural Arkansas.

~Fr. John Michael Payne, OCD


(Belated) Happy Feast Day

Here’s wishing all of you (belatedly) a happy feast day of our Lady of Mt. Carmel. This mural, pictured here, is in our [O. Carm.] Carmelite parish., Iglesia de San Isidro, in Valencia. The artist is Paco Baños.

Happy birthday to Fr. Sam Anthony Morello (82 on the 15th), and Fr. Jenaro de la Cruz (76 on the 16th).

Happy anniversary of Profession to Fr. Henry Bordeaux in 1955, Fr. Ralph Reyes in 1961, Br. Bernard Joseph O’Neill in 1983, Fr. Stephen Sanchez in 1984, Frs. Bonaventure Sauer and Marion Joseph Bui in 1986, Fr. James Curiel in 1989, and Fr. Gregory Ross in 1990.

Happy priestly ordination anniversary to Fr. Stephen in 1992.

Hope I got all the anniversaries accounted for. May Our Blessed Mother bless ya’ll.

It has been, so far, an interesting journey, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to share it with all of you. You’d not find in all the world a better Carmelite province than ours.

And a final thank you to Our Lady for killing Saint Bonaventure on July 15, 1274, at the Council of Lyons, thus preserving her Carmelite Order’s entrance into the church’s garden of religious orders.


Written by Fr. John Michael Payne, OCD
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