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......Seeking the face of God through prayer, fraternity and service
Br. Robert E. Bathe, O. Carm.
North American Province of Saint Elias
Welcome to our Carmelite Friar Vocation webpage. It is our hope that this
site will help you in discerning a vocation to our vowed religious
brotherhood. As Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (our
official title), we are challenged to live a life in allegiance to Jesus Christ. As
members of a religious family, in service to Holy Mother Church, we continue
a tradition of offering mankind the spirituality our Carmelite family has
cultivated for over 800 years.
Although our tradition is ancient, as well as our title of Carmelites of the
Ancient Observance, we are friars. We are compelled to be in the midst of
people. As priests and brothers we seek to be involved in the lives of families,
parish life, school communities, hospitals, and with all people who struggle to
find God. Our message is that God is good and sent his Son to rescue us from
evil. Our rule states that the most effective way to accomplish this goal is to
live how Christ lived, pure in heart and stout in conscience. Our inspiration in
following Christ comes from Elijah, our spiritual father and Mary, the Mother
The Carmelite Order is dedicated to Mary and we have her word that we will
endure through history. Are you called to witness the love of God?
If you have an attraction to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and are thinking about
becoming a priest, the Carmelite Order may be for you. Give us a call today!
The Carmelite Friars of the Saint Elias Province of the Order of
Carmel, are proud to announce that two of our brothers received
the Sacrament of Holy Orders. On Friday, June 6th, 2014. The
Most Rev. Dominick Lagonegro, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of the
Archdiocese of New York, ordained Reverend Joseph Khoa
Hoang, O.Carm., and Reverend Joseph Tri Phan, O.Carm. to
service as newly ordained priests for the Carmelite Order at the
National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY.
Congratulations to our two new priests. Many prayers go with
them as they begin their priestly ministry. May Our Lady of
Mount Carmel and the Prophet, our Father Elias, strengthen
them and help them to serve the Lord and His people each day
with a jealous zeal!
our Newly Ordained Priests