Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese


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The Brown Scapular
by Rev. Gregory Ross, OCD
10am to 12pm
Wed. September 12th or Sat. the 15th

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Previously in our Headlines. . .

Zero km marker at Finesterre

The "End of the World"


On a foggy day on August 12, our pilgrims find their way to Finestera–the "end of the world" as the ancient Romans believed it to be. From there, they travel by car on to Avila.

Follow our pilgrims from the "end of the world" to the beginnings of Teresian Carmel in Avila on page 14 of the Camino.

Statue of Santiago on horseback

Touring Santiago


Fr. Stephen and companions finally get to tour Santiago de Compostela–one tour of the older part of the city and another of the cathedral and its cloisters.

Our American pilgrims try to adapt to some Spanish customs like siesta (easy) and late dinners and bedtime (not as easy).

Find out how the tours went on page 14 of the Camino.

Chilly morning in Santiago de Compostela

The Feast of St. Lawrence in Santiago de Compostela


On the feast of St. Lawrence (deacon and martyr), August 10th, Fr. Stephen concelebrated at the cathedral with the Archbishop as the principal celebrant. Deacon Ron and Deacon Peter assisted the archbishop during mass.

Our pilgrims were up early that day, in search of tours–they found out how challenging it can be.

In case you're wondering why the entries are several days behind, it is due to the difficulty our pilgrims have in finding a good WiFi connection in Spain.

Visit p13 of the Camino for the latest entry and photos from our Provincial.

Carmelite nuns

Santiago de Compostela on the Feastday of St. Teresa Benedicta


A couple of days after reached their destination, our pilgrims were able to relax a little and to visit the Carmelite nuns on the 9th of August, feast of St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein).

They were also able to attend an English mass at the cathedral and, to everyone's amazement, witness the Botafumeiro being swung overhead.

Visit page 13 of the Camino to read about their feastday experiences and view the accompanying photos.

View of Santiago de Compostela from the minor seminary

Destination Reached: Santiago de Compostela


Thanks to those of you who have been following and praying for our Provincial, Fr. Stephen and his fellow pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago–they made it safely to the destination.

Visit page 12 of the Camino to read about their post-hiking experience on Aug. 8 and view the latest photos.

Cathedral spires of Santiago in the distance

Finally: Armenal to Compostela


On Aug. 7, our Provincial and his fellow pilgrims, Deacon Ron and Deacon Peter, set out from Armenal to Compostela. Even though it was a shorter distance, it involved a rather steep hike up and down hills.

Visit page 12 of the Camino to see how our pilgrims fared and see photos of the sights along the way.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Azúa

Amazing Grace in Azúa and Dense Fog to Armenal


Fr. Stephen and his fellow pilgrims reach Azúa on the 5th and travel on to Armenal on the 6th. They get nearer to their final destination of Compostela but each step doesn't get any easier. Nevertheless, the determined trio travel on.

Go to page 11 of the Camino to read the latest entries and view the newest photos.

Long, dark and narrow way

The long, dark, and narrow way


The 4th of August saw our pilgrims leave Ventas de Narón. Traversing a long, dark, and narrow (not to mention steep and rocky in places) way, enveloped in dense fog, our Provincial (offering prayers and sacrifices for vocations to our Province and for spiritual directees) and his fellow pilgrims plow on.

Read Fr. Stephen's Aug. 4th account of their, at times, treacherous trek and marvel at the surprises of beauty and of giant ants along the way on the Camino.

Mount Carmel Center Upcoming Events

Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Mt. Carmel Center
The Brown Scapular

by Rev. Gregory Ross, OCD
from 10am to 12pm on Wed. September 12th or Sat. the 15th

This conference will offer a historical overview of the origins and significance of the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel within the Order of Carmel. Particular attention will be given to the Marian spirituality of the Order of Carmel as evidenced in the teachings of our saints and other significant figures. The morning will conclude with the offering of a formal enrollment in the Brown Scapular.

Recommended donation of $25 per person.

Visit Our Website to register.
Yellow dirt road to Ventas de Narón

Yellow dirt (not brick) road


The latest entries by Fr. Stephen have our pilgrims traversing the northwestern Galician region of Spain from the beginning of the last phase of the Camino in Sarria. Along the way, they made stops at Mercadoiro and Portomarín, passed through Castromaior, arriving at Ventas de Narón on the 3rd of August.

Follow our pilgrims and read about their experience of the surrounding agrarian communities and their friendly encounters with other pilgrims, a welcoming dog, and some insects on page 9 and page 10 of the Camino.

Benedictine monastery - view from the trail

Less sleep but more steps


The last phase of the Camino lies ahead of our pilgrims. Along the way are more villages–more hilly and rocky trails to traverse, not to mention other challenges. Nevertheless, consolations are not lacking and Fr. Stephen and fellow pilgrims remain grateful for the blessings the Lord continues to bestow as they journey the Camino. See the latest entry and newest photos on page 9.


Nogales to Triacastela–how long?


Fr. Stephen arrived in Nogales with fellow pilgrims, Deacon Peter and Deacon Ron. Their goal this time is to reach Triacastela from Nogales.

They meet other pilgrims along the way – men, women, young and old. Read about some of these pilgrim encounters and see the latest photos from July 31 on page 8 of the Camino.

Pilgrims Cross near Astorga

Tedium and Grace


Our weary road warrior remains a staunch prayer warrior. Fr. Stephen and fellow pilgrims make it on foot to Astorga. There, they plan for the best strategy to take on the last stage of their pilgrimage. They have to reach Santiago de Compostela on August 9 but they have more kilometers ahead than they can trek in the remaining time. So, a good strategy is essential. To learn more about how things are going on the Camino, visit page 8 and read Fr. Stephen's latest entry with new photos.

Villar de Mazarife

25km Farther on Foot


Our Provincial and his fellow pilgrims left the city of León on the 29th, walking the 25km (15.53 miles) distance to Villar de Mazarife, a small village in the autonomous region of Castile and León.

Find out who they meet along the way on page 7 of the Camino.

Gentle Breezes - Summer 2018

Gentle Breezes


The Summer issue of our Province's newsletter, is now available. Please visit the Gentle Breezes page.

For older news items, visit the News Archive.
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