Carmelite News Spring 2020

On Saturday 14th March 2020 2 members of the St Elizabeth of the Trinity Community of Secular Carmelites made their simple promises which last for for 3 years and became members of the worldwide Carmelite Order.  They 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.  Hilary Wilkinson and Sheila Leafe's promises were received by Deacon Chris Stevens of St Francis parish, Long Eaton on behalf of the Superior of the Order during a Liturgy of the Word celebrated at St Francis Church (by kind permission of the parish priest, Fr Christopher Thomas). Karen Ziglam was also formally welcomed and accepted into formation. 

The readings chosen by the candidates were:

  • 1 Kings 19; 9-12 Elijah Meets God at Horeb
  • Psalm 139 O Lord, thou hast searched me and known me!
  • 1 Corinthians 13 The Gift of Love
  • John 15; 1-17 Jesus the True Vine

The attached homily was given by Deacon Chris encouraging all members to live out their promises for the glory of God and the good of the Church - very much a call to arms!

Concluding Hymn: Lady of the Mystic Mountain (Mount Carmel)

Lady of the Mystic Mountain, where the Lord has set his throne.

Up its steep ways of the Spirit none can walk save love alone.

Grant us grace to climb Mount Carmel and to learn that love is loss.

Guide us till our ways outdistance all earth's treasures save the cross...


We were very pleased to welcome Sheila's husband Alan and some members of her family to the service and afterwards to a shared lunch in the church hall. A beautiful day!

Main Photo Crucifix over the alter at St Francis' Church with St Francis and St Clare (David Aldred).

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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