Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese

This blog is being kept as a memorial to Fr. John Michael Payne, OCD, who was a Friar of the Discalced Carmelite Province of St. Therese in the United States and who wrote the posts on this blog. No further items will be posted on this blog.

~Discalced Carmelite Friars
Province of St. Therrese

Grotto Bridge

Around Easter Sunday we noticed our bridge to the grotto partially collapse. Robert secured the fallen shore line and a guy named Rodney from Sherwood build the new bridge on the octave of Easter. It cost $ 2,650 which I thought was a fair sum for this work. Guess I should have waited to pay them until the bridge was completed, but in Rodney we trust. Written by Fr. John Michael Payne, OCD
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Goodbye, Sally

Today we held an impromptu funeral for our twelve year old dog Sally. Sally has been our pet for the last ten years. She replaced Sadie, Raphael’s dog from the 1990s. Sally was old and crippled. Sunday afternoon she went on a walk with Brother Bernard, and has not been seen since. After three days of searching for her, we finally asked Fr. Jerome to organize a funeral service. He searched the
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Thanksgiving at Marylake

Thanksgiving at Marylake began with an 8:30 Mass of thanks put together by Fr. Sam featuring an excellent sermon on Jesus as a man of thankfulness to his Father for his life and gifts, as well as sharing with us a talk given to him as a student in Rome by Tomas Alvarez on our Holy Mother Teresa of Jesus as a woman of thanks, esp. evident in the copious letters she wrote thanking benefactors for the
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