Blessed Columbus Day!

Dear Friends of Carmel, Other than today being a no-post-mail-day because of Christopher Columbus, who we learned in elementary school “sailed the ocean blue in fourteen-hundred ninety-two,” there is much to be grateful for in this hero of the past. To learn more about the founder of our continent through the lens of our Catholic Christian Faith, please take time …

Novena to St. Teresa of Jesus

Today on the feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, October 7th, begins the novena to St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila), the reformed Carmelite Order’s foundress. She is also the patron saint for Carmel here in Little Rock. Please join us in asking her intercession for all our needs, as we pray for your intentions during these nine days …

Novena to St. Therese 2020

It is that time to prepare for the Little Flower’s feast day on October 1st! Please join us in praying the Novena prayer below from September 23rd through October 1st. We will pray for your intentions during that time at our daily mass, in the Liturgy of the Hours and in our private prayers and sacrifices. We will have the …

Clothed in the Carmelite Habit

On September 8th, 2020 the Feast of the Birth of Mary, postulant Marisa Butler was received into the religious life and clothed her in the habit of our Lady of Mount Carmel. She received a new name and title: Sister Josefina Rose of Jesus (after St. Joseph, Mary Mystical Rose, and JESUS!). How grateful we are and how grateful she …

Clothing Day

Our postulant Lynne Purkey recently became a novice and received the habit of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and her new name in religious life: Sister Marie-Thérèse of Christ the Redeemer. It was a double honor for her to begin this new phase of formation on the greatest solemnity of our Order, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, at first vespers …

Carmelite Bulletin and Novena

Seems we’ve all had a long break, and still the Coronavirus keeps us apart physically, though not spiritually. If you haven’t received our latest Bulletin please take a look and a read! Hopefully you are having a splendid summer in the beautiful outdoors somewhere, outside your house, right? We pray you are able to enjoy your family gatherings, even with …

An Easter Unlike Any Other

Happy Easter 2020! The Lord is risen from the grave, broken the chains of death, freed us from eternal punishment, and opened for us the way to eternal Life! Even though we are in the midst of a world-wide health pandemic, even though we may be isolated in our homes, not able to attend the Easter Triduum or other church …

Holy Saturday 2020

Today is a strange day. We don’t know how we should pray today. In our Carmel and in other religious houses when we go to pray in the choir (the nuns’ private chapel) we are immediately reminded that today is different than any other day of the year because the tabernacle is empty. There is no sacramental Presence of Jesus …

Good Friday 2020

Many of you will be viewing your parish churches’ live-stream services for Good Friday. You may also want to watch the movie “The Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson today. It seems each time I view it something different speaks to my heart that I didn’t pick up before. I Will Draw All People to Myself This time it …

Holy Thursday 2020

Dear Friends, “Now is the time for the Son of Man to be glorified (Jn. 12:23),” says our Lord a few days before His Passion. What a mysterious statement. So much is going on in the life of Christ even before the Crucifixion, the “Day of our Salvation.” Jesus will speak at length to his closest friends tonight at the …