Carmelite News Autumn 2019

On Saturday 14th September, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 5 members of the St Elizabeth of the Trinity Community of Secular Carmelites made their promises and became full members of the worldwide Carmelite Order. This group of lay Catholics in the Nottingham Diocese seek to live out their baptism as Secular Carmelites by striving for evangelical perfection in the spirit of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience and through the beatitudes according to their state in life.  Martin Hopkinson, Sandra Buck, Angela Davies, Jane Horton and Louise Aldred’s promises were received by Fr Martin Clayton of St Michael’s Hathersage (Hallam Diocese) on behalf of the Superior of the Order during Mass celebrated at St Francis Church, Long Eaton (by kind permission of the parish priest, Fr Christopher Thomas).  Deacon Chris Stevens from St Francis parish assisted at Mass.

Members of the St Elizabeth of the Trinity group with Fr Martin and Deacon Chris

Between September 2018 and July 2019, Sandra and Martin (pictured below) also attended The Prayer Guides Course run by the Discalced Carmelite Friars at Boars Hill, Oxford.  Sandra writes, this course was very rich in content with many excellent speakers engaged for the process. Alongside this we had workshops and small group spiritual conversations and times of silent prayer. As the course progressed I was aware of the value of the unity that the silent prayer and spiritual conversation were bringing about… I have been thoroughly blessed by God who led me to the Secular Carmelites. The strong and loving relationships which have come as a result are wonderful, and the Lord is ever teaching me new and wonderful aspects of His Majesty. Praise the Lord!

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By Louise Aldred Nottingham group

Louise lives in Beeston, and is a member of the group who made her final promises in Sept 2019.

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