On July 8th through the 16th, the Discalced Carmelite Nuns (1250 Carmel Drive, Lafayette) will host their annual Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
he Jubilee Year of Mercy, celebrated throughout the Church, invites us to draw from the riches of the mystery of mercy as manifested in and through Our Blessed Mother during the Novena. She, the Mother of Grace, the Mother of Carmel, the Mother of Mercy grants you the privilege of walking each evening through the Holy Doors of her Chapel and to participate in the Mass at 6:00 PM.
Saturday, July 16th will mark the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, the titular feast for the Discalced Carmelite Order. On July 14-16, the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation will be available in the Spiritual Care Unit (S.C.U.) beginning at 5:00 PM. Mass will be celebrated at 6:00 PM.
Fr. Joseph Mary Nguyen Binh, O.C.D. will be the celebrant and homilist for the Novena. He was born in Vietnam on May 30, 1969. He is the sixth son of a family of thirteen children. Although his parents were converts to Catholicism, they were deeply rooted in the faith, which they transmitted to their children. When he was eight Father decided to be a “holy priest” and his parents wholeheartedly supported his dream. After completing high school, he studied at the University of Social Sciences and humanities in Ho Chi Minh city. Having discerned his vocation was to the Carmelite Order, after graduation from the university, he was sent to the Philippines for his Carmelite formation. He made his First Profession on April 3, 2004. He then studied Philosophy for a year at Christ the King Seminary staffed by the SVDs and studied theology for four years at the Loyola School of Theology, staffed by the Jesuits. Father Joseph made his Solemn Profession on August 6, 2010 and was ordained to the priesthood on October 17, 2011. After his ordination he was sent to Vietnam to establish a community of Discalced Carmelites. Although the Carmelite Nuns have been in Vietnam for 150 years or more, this is the first foundation of the Friars in the land where St. Therese had desired to go. Despite many difficulties the community now has four priests and a number of candidates. They are also hoping to begin another foundation in Vietnam.
To learn more about the Carmelites please visit http://lafayettecarmelites.org/novena-lady-mt-carmel/.