Holy Week & Mass Schedule

Our Holy Week Mass schedule will begin Sunday, March 28, 2021 with Palm/Passion Sunday Mass at our regular time of 7:30 a.m. in our Monastery Chapel here in Little Rock. We are blessed to be able to celebrate publicly this year. Last year (2020) at this time the pandemic had just come upon us and we could not have public …

1st Week of Lent 2021

Please take a look at the online Retreat put together by the the Discalced Carmelite Friars of Paris and Austria, in collaboration with ICS publications. The retreat texts were written by Fr. Guillaume Dehorter ocd, (Avon convent) and a Carmelite team from the Paris province: Fr. Jean-Alexandre, ocd (Avon convent), the Carmelite nuns of Saint-Maur (Lons-le-Saunier), along with Marie-Noëlle, Raphaëlle, …

Ash Wednesday 2021

Blessed Ash Wednesday to all! Ash Wednesday may be different this year if you don’t receive blessed ashes on your forehead due to the pandemic restrictions, but that doesn’t change the meaning of this day in any regard. Rather we still begin the season of Lent by humbling ourselves, turning away from sin, and turning more to God in a …

Advent 2020 Online Retreat

Welcome to Advent 2020! Once again we share with you the good work of our OCD friars in Austria and France who offer an Advent Carmelite Retreat online. Their saint in focus is a Discalced Carmelite nun of the time of St. Teresa’s reform, Blessed Mary of the Incarnation. Keeping up with these daily readings and reflections is a great …

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 …

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 …