The Vine Newsletter of the Australian Lay Carmelites Vol: 11, No: 3, September, 1999 Dear sisters and brothers in Carmel, Today is the first day of spring, and time for a new shoot on the Vine winter has come and almost gone. if we dare to say that in Melbourne! These last three months have gone very The official Jubilee quickly, and in many ways have been a very Carmelite time for logo created by a young me. Italian art student was I would like to share with you some of my travels where I have had the pleasure to meet many Lay Carmelites for some time selected by Pope John together. In June I had some brief visits with isolated Lay Paul II Carmelites in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Canberra, as well as a nice visit to the Carmelite nuns in Wagga. In the circular field, which indicates the universe, a cross is en- twined which sustains and upholds human- ity gathered in the five continents repre- sented by five doves. The doves are en- twined with the cross, signifying that Christ assumes our human condition and redeems it through the mystery of the Incarnation. Fr Bruce Clark presenting the New Testament book to Carmel Critchley after her Final Profession at Wall Flat. The light, which Another experience of Carmelite and country hospitality, comes from the cen- was when Anita Renehan and Elizabeth Edwards of the LCNC tre, stands for Christ and I went to South Australia, stopping first at the dairy farm who is the light of the of Carmel Critchley (Isolated Lay Carm), which she runs with world. her husband Terry and son Vince, at Wall Flat on the banks of the Murray River, in South Australia. It was wonderful to share The circular form in in the busy life of the farm for the day; feeding calves and which the doves are watching the cows come in and be milked. It was a great represented underlines highlight to celebrate the Eucharist when Carmel made her the spirit of solidarity Profession for Life on the banks of the Murray River in what which emanates from Carmel calls her cathedral of stately Red River Gums. We the Great Jubilee. joined our prayer with the prayer of praise that the ; Page 2 The Vine, September, 1999 nuns across the road for the celebration of the Eucharist along with their friends and supporters. It was a real celebration of our combined Carmelite family. As we left Adelaide on our return home we stopped briefly at Mt Barker to visit Bonnie Towns, a Lay Carmelite, who was very sick in hospital, I anointed Carmel Crtichley, Anita Renehan and Elizabeth Edwards ready for Mass on Bonnie and we commended the banks of the Murray River. her into the Lords care. Bonnie has since died. She river, the trees, the birds, the cows, the had first become a Lay Carmelite in Mel- sunshine, the breeze and the clouds were bourne, then was part of the community in making to their Creator, and thought too Bribie Island before her move to Mt Barker. of our indigenous Australians who for May the Lord reward her generously for countless generations had in their own way her faithfulness to Him expressed so been giving their own praise to the Crea- strongly in her Carmelite way of life. tor. Also during this time we, the Australian From that oasis we moved onto Adelaide Carmelites, had our Provincial Assembly, a where we enjoyed more hospitality with time of reflection, discussion, questioning, Anna Vnuk, the leader of our Adelaide Lay planning, sharing, being together and cel- Carmelite ebrating as we community. face who we We celebrated are and where the feast of we are as Our Lady of Carmelites M o u n t and how we Carmel with a may face the morning of future. We reflection shaped a and prayer at commitment the Passionist around three Retreat Cen- key aims: tre, of which Building up highlights prayerful and were the Pro- fraternal Fr Bruce Clark and the calves at Carmel Critchley's dairy farm. fessions for communities, Life of Anna Vnuk and Nan McInerney developing strategies to attract people to and the Receptions of Annie Barry and Jim these communities, and actively sharing Brewster in our Lay Carmelite community. our spirituality with others. Please con- We continued our Carmelite celebrations tinue to support us with your prayer, and by joining with the Discalced Carmelite your faithfulness to, and your enthusiasm Page 3 The Vine, September, 1999 for Carmelite life. Also in July I was fortunate to be able to visit the Broken Hill Lay Carmelite commu- nity, and to share a day of reflection and prayer with them. Fr Wayne Stanhope O.Carm. also shared in this time, where we both enjoyed the hospitality we received from the Lay Carmelites and the two resident priests in the Bishops House there. It was too brief a time to fully Anita Renehan, Elizabeth Edwards, Fr Bruce Clark and Anna Vnuk at Our savor the riches of the vast- Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Gawler. ness of the outback. The Lay Carmelite community there also celebrated of Vacare Deo, of making space for God in a Profession for Life, Patricia Paine, and a our lives. Not just to make some space, but Reception, Eileen Higgins. to strive to make that space for God central I was also pleased to join the Donvale in our lives. Its not just an empty space but community when we celebrated the First a space where we feel more deeply the Profession of Maria Goral and to share in stirrings of our desire for God. It is the their Lectio time reflecting on the Carmelite silence and space that allows us to listen for constitutions. Recently too I shared a the sound of the gentle breeze of Gods day of reflection with a large group of voice, which never ceases to whisper to us Lay Carmelites at Wentworthville. The Gods boundless love. Central Coast, This is the con- Wollongong, templation we are Maroubra and called to, a daily Wentworthville process of allow- communities were ing God to love represented, as us, so that we are well as several Iso- transformed not lated members. Fr by our efforts or Bernard Shah successes but by O.Carm also con- Gods love and tributed to the day. grace which It was great to have breaks through that time together. our defenses. In these times Day of Reflection at Broken Hill The Rule of St spent with Lay Back Row: Fr Bruce Clark, Alice Reynolds Albert also calls us Middle Row: Irene Higgins, Addie Fitzsimmons, Pat Paine, Carmelites I have Nonie Forrest, Eileen Borchard, Marie O'Brien to Vacare Deo, to been sharing some Front Row: Vonnie Victory, Melva McMahon. always have space of Fr Joseph for God central in Chalmers talks, one especially on the our daily lives, we strive to do this by follow- Prayer of Silence. The Prior General re- ing the way of Jesus, the way, the truth and minds us of the traditional Carmelite value the life. I have been touched and ; Page 4 The Vine, September, 1999 inspired by the com- winter is past, the mitment I have en- rains are over and countered in so many gone..... (Song of Lay Carmelites, to Songs 2: 10) this spirit of Vacare Let us pray for Deo, to making each other and for space in their lives our Carmelite fam- for God. I pray in ily, that we may al- thankfulness for it ways find the time and pray that we may and space to hear continue to faith- the voice of the Be- fully offer this very Edna and Jack O'Brien and Leonore Hardy, Canberra loved who also calls Carmelite gift to our Community each of us beloved, world, be it in the and calls us more busyness of our suburban lives or in the and more into life. quietness of the Murray River farm, or the May Mary, Mother and Beauty of Carmel, vastness of the surrounds of Broken Hill. and Elijah, Prophet of Carmel, always be In the silent space of our lives let us listen our model and inspiration. for the gentle voice of God, My love lifts Yours in Carmel, up his voice, he says to me, Come then my Bruce Clark O. Carm. beloved, my lovely one, come. For see, National Chaplain PS. Some good Carmelite books I have recently read or seen: The Carmelite Way: An Ancient Path for Todays Pilgrim by Fr. John Welch O.Carm.(available from Carmelite Centre, Middle Park). At The Fountain of Elijah by Fr. Wilfred McGreal O. Carm. (also Carmelite Centre). In Allegiance to Jesus Christ: Ten Conferences on Carmelite Life by the Prior General, Fr.Joseph Chalmers O . C a r m . (Carmelite Centre). Profiles in Holiness (Volumes I and 2): Some saintly members of the Carmelite Family by Fr. Redemptus Valabek O.Carm. (Carmelite Centre or order through Carmel In the World). The Impact of God: Soundings from St John of the Cross by Fr. lain Matthew OCD. (St Pauls Book Centres, etc.). Page 5 The Vine, September, 1999 CARMELITE WEB OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS To date, there has been a wonderful response to the web of prayer for vocations from many Lay Carmelites around Australia. I would like to encourage anyone else who may still be considering their involvement to join the web of prayer. It is so gratifying to read your letters of appreciation and enthusiasm for this impor- tant dimension of our vocations ministry. While many of you are praying individually for vocations to the Carmelite Family at certain times during the day, you will be pleased to know that there are others who are doing so at the same time. Eventually, I hope to send a list of the times that people have committed themselves to pray for vocations as a way of connecting you to other Lay Carmelites. Please keep in your prayers three young men who are reaching a very important stage in their discernment process to join the Order and another who has recently begun his discernment. You can involve as many people as you like in praying for vocations. If you require more prayer cards, please dont hesitate to contact the Lay Carmelite National Council or myself. Let us continue to pray for the spirit of wisdom and discernment in our lives that we may grow ever-deeper in our calling to be followers of Jesus Christ in the protection of Mary, Mother and Beauty of Carmel and that others may be drawn too. Br Daryl Moresco, O.Carm. OUR SICK MEMBERS Since our June issue of the Vine many of our members have become ill. We ask that you remember in your prayers: Dot Miles & Eileen Daly (Donvale), Joan Supple, Phil Belton, Anna Vnuks brother John (Adelaide), John Robertson - husband of Joanna (Sydney), Rita Nolan (Warwick), Rose White, Doris Zerafa - mother of Carmen Degura (Central Coast), Joan Bradys husband (Bundaberg), Alice McReynolds (Broken Hill), Audrey Waterson, Zena Price (Proserpine), Monica Boyce, Mollie Connolly, Kath, McCarthy, Mary Fittler, Sheelah Mills & Kath Fallon (Toowoomba) Mavis Crane (Rockhampton), Monica Mooney & Carmel Brown (Coorparoo). George, husband of Monica Clark (Nelson Bay). Page 6 The Vine, September, 1999 RECEPTIONS We warmly welcome into the Order of Carmel as Third Order Carmelites: Margaret Clancy (Donvale), Irene Higgins (Broken Hill.) Annie Barry & Jim Brewster (Adelaide) FIRST PROFESSION We congratulate Maria Goral who made her First Profession at the Donvale Community meeting in July. Maria Goral makes her First Profession to Fr Ken Petersen O.Carm. at the Donvale Community gathering. Margaret Clancy (Donvale) being Received by Fr Ken Petersen O.Carm. PROFESSION FOR LIFE Congratulations to the following who made their Profession for Life during Fr Bruce Clarks recent visitations: Carmel Critchley (Wall Flat SA); Anna Vnuk and Nan McInerney (Adelaide); Patricia Paine (Broken Hill). We pray that Our Lady of Mount Carmel will guide and protect you all as you continue your journey to the Father in Carmel Page 7 The Vine, September, 1999 SUBSCRIPTIONS TO The Vine IN 2000. The Lay Carmelite National Coun- The Vine is a means of keeping in cil tries very hard to serve nearly 500 touch with our Lay Carmelite family. members throughout Australia. Many of our members are unable to be part of a Community due to dis- The Vine is our primary means of tance or ill health and we try to fill the distributing news to our members and newsletter with news of Lay Carmelites is also a means of collecting subscrip- and our wider Carmelite family so tions and donations towards the costs that we are brought together as one of providing this service and much family in Carmel. We try to include more! articles to nourish our Carmelite vo- For many years now, we have kept cation. News of our isolated mem- the subscription rate to a low $15 per bers are always particularly welcome year but ever increasing costs force us as we are continually searching for to raise the annual subscription for ways to help our isolated members to next year to $20. be more aware of their important part in the Family of Carmel. By paying the annual subscription of $20, members are entitled to receive Communication has to be a two-way much more than just The Vine. Sub- process to be effective we need to scribers also receive any other mail-outs hear from our members too and by the National Council such as the especially our isolated members so recent beautiful Maria La Bruna card that we may respond accordingly. for the Web of Prayer for Vocations. The Vine ON THE WEB! SPREAD THE WORD! TELL THE GOOD NEWS! The June 1999 issue of The Vine has been published on the world wide web thanks to Father David Hofman, O.Carm., web master for the Australian Carmelite Prov- ince. The Province's web address is www.carmelites.org.au. To go directly to the Lay Carmelite page add /laycarm.htm. The link to The Vine is on that page. Page 8 The Vine, September, 1999 AROUND THE COMMUNITIES The Adelaide community was delighted to welcome Fr Bruce Clark O.Carm, Anita Renehan and Elizabeth Edwards (two members of the National Coun- cil) who visited the community to celebrate the Feastday of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Fr Bruce led a morning of prayer and reflection at the Passionist Cen- tre, Glen Osmond where Anna Fr Bruce Clark and the Adelaide Community at the Carmelite Monastery, Vnuk and Nan McInerney Glen Osmond. made their Profession for Life and Annie Barry and Jim Brewster were Received into the Family of Carmel. After lunch we walked over the road to Val OBrien of the Bribie Island com- the Carmelite Monastery where Fr munity reports that some of their mem- Bruce celebrated the Mass for the bers were able to visit the Coorparoo Feastday. It was happy and appropriate community meeting where they were way of celebrating the Feastday and very warmly welcomed. Val says Fr enjoying the friendly hospitality of the Michael Brundell gave an inspiring talk Carmelite Nuns. on Carmelite Spirituality and she hoped to be able to remember as much as possible to relate it to the Bribie members at their next meeting. Val was delighted to inform us that she has had quite a number of people in- quiring about joining the community. Val is very grateful to a Religious Sister friend who has given her a number of Liturgy of the Hours books which will be a great help to new- comers to the commu- Left: Fr Bruce with the Bribie Island Community. Page 9 The Vine, September, 1999 nity. Val is hoping to instruct these new tor of the community) advised that Fr people in praying the Office. Bernard Shah is very happy to come from Wentworthville to Maureen and Johns home to celebrate the Mass for Anna Goulevitch writes that Sr the Professions on 1st October. Kathleen Munce and Sr Celia OBrien We were saddened to learn of the joined in the last meeting. They were tragic drowning death of Fr. Gerry Pierse delighted to welcome Val OBrien visit- a few days after giving the Seminar. ing from Bribie Island. Fr Michael Brundell gave a most interesting talk on Carmelite Spirituality centering on Members of the Donvale Community the writings of Carmelite Philip Ribot. are saddened to learn that their Prior, The community had received a letter Judy Mason, is soon to leave Melbourne from Sr Katherine O.C.D. Prioress of to live in Queensland at Old Burleigh the Carmelite Monas- tery at Ormiston, in- viting the Coorparoo Lay Carm members to meet with the O.C.D. secular mem- bers and Carmelite sis- ters for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. Anna also advised that Ann ODonoghue cel- ebrated her 93rd birth- day earlier this year. The Coorparoo Community and members of the Bribie Island Community at one of their gatherings. Town. Judys husband, Paul, is retiring Zelda Bickerstaff is the scribe for the from work and we wish them all the best Central Coast Community and she sends in their new and well-earned relaxing the National Council very comprehen- lifestyle. Judy was really thrown in at sive reports on the activities of the com- the deep end when she became Prior munity. Four members attended a as many once-in-a-blue-moon events Meditation Seminar in July on A tradi- took place and she organised and man- tion Lost & Found given by Fr Gerry aged them all with typical efficiency Pierse CSSR. It was very informative in and gracious manner. She has been a that he went back through history to great Prior to the Donvale Community show how we had lost a way of praying and will be lovingly missed. Judy has that the early Christians had treasured." been very active in her own parish at Maureen Flanagan, (Formation Direc- Our Lady of the Pines, Donvale, ; Page 10 The Vine, September, 1999 ful weekends he con- ducted at Whitefriars Monastery, Donvale, some years ago. Paul Andersen is the scribe for the Rockhampton commu- nity and he writes Col- leen Grahams Reception went very well (over a Six members of the Wentworthville Community made their Profession for Life with Fr Bernard Shah. hundred people attended - one person had to travel 4 hours just to get to the reception). and her leaving will be a great loss The Reception Ceremony was held in there, too. Elizabeth Edwards will take Yeppoon where Colleen lives. over the position as Prior until the end Some of the community members are of Judys elected term. Our much in ill health and quite frail and Paul has loved member, Eileen Daly suffered a requested prayers for them. stroke in July and while not severely affected, has now moved into the St Vincent de Paul Nursing Home in South Gloria Collins reports that their num- Box Hill. bers at meetings were down due to Rosemarie Parke of the Perth Community reports that Oenone Weinman has made a remarkable recovery from the very serious operation she had a few months ago. Portia Curtin and her husband have gone North for 6 weeks in their caravan. The commu- nity meets regularly but was Mary O'Keefe, Fr Bernard Shah and Fr Paul Gurr witnessing Profession Certificates at Wentworthville saddened that their Chaplain Fr Martin McMahon was unable to con- tinue due to poor health but Fr Marius winter ailments and other commit- Dawson has agreed to be their Chap- ments. Gloria says we were so happy to lain. Fr Marius will be well known to have Fr Bruce Clark visit us and say Mass many Lay Carms through the wonder- for our Community. Page 11 The Vine, September, 1999 during which six members made Pro- Mary Jacobsen, scribe for the War- fession for Life. We were very blessed to wick community, writes that the com- have 5 members of the Central Coast munity was delighted to have National with us, together with Fr Paul Gurr, Chaplain, O.Carm and our friend from Kiama, Fr Bruce G a y e Clark visit Fogarty who their com- is an aspir- munity. ing Lay Mary re- Carmelite. ports most After Mass of our we had a cel- members ebration continue in lunch at our fair health home which with the was enjoyed usual sprin- by everyone. kling of The six Wentworthville members who made their Final Profession cutting the beautiful All in all it colds and flu cake which was made to celebrate the occasion. was a very L-R. Ray Garrett, Mary Gardner (seated), Phyl Woods, Ken Woods, Carolyn Garrett. memorable at this time of the year. day. Carolyn Garrett writes, "Our BIG day The Wollongong community contin- has been and gone. We had a beautiful ues to meet regularly but often travel to ceremony in our Church of Our Lady Wentworthville to join in their celebra- of Mt. Carmel, consisting of Mass, cel- tions. Although their numbers are small ebrated by Fr Bernard Shah, O.Carm they are still a very vibrant group. REST IN PEACE Please remember in your prayers the recently deceased: Margaret Ryan sister of Mary Bourke and Jack McMahon brother of Rita Nolan (Warwick), John son of Connie Russo (Donvale), Nancy Fisher cousin of Eleanor Matthews (Central Coast), Nell Watson & Jacques Norlander relatives of Joan Brady (Bundaberg), Vera Webster (Proserpine), Patrick, brother of Anna Vnuk (Adelaide.) Bonnie Towns (Mt Barker) Ivy Small (Cen- tral Coast) We also pray that our God of all Consolation will be with the loved ones of those who have died and who mourn their loss. Page 12 The Vine, September, 1999 NATIONAL CONVENTIONNOVEMBER 3-5, 2000 (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!) We are delighted to inform you that we port brings Air passengers right to the door. have been able to book Corpus Christi We sent out 235 copies of the Vine which College, Clayton, for our National Con- included the Expression of Interest ques- vention November 3-5, 2000. At present tionnaire. To date we have received only this is the seminary for student priests in 28 replies, only 20 saying they hope to the Melbourne Archdiocese. It is expected come. This is a very disappointing response that either at the end of this year or early and we ask that you send in your reply, next year, the seminarians will transfer to a either Yes or No as soon as possible. new seminary being built in Carlton. The There is much work entailed in prepar- Clayton building will then be known as the ing for a Convention, not to mention the Melbourne Archdiocesan Conference Cen- deposit, a minimum of $500, which has to tre. This is a particularly beautiful venue be paid very soon. We understand that with very contemporary accommodation November 2000 is more than 12 months and magnificent gardens. away and we are not always in a position to The weekend of November 3-5 is imme- say what we will be doing in 12 months diately before Melbourne Cup Day on time, but if you know for sure you are NOT Tuesday November 7th. Lay Carmelites ABLE TO COME please let us know as this may like to take advantage of the conven- will be a great help in our planning. Like- ient location and stay on at Corpus Christi wise, if you think there is a reasonable for The Cup for a very reasonable Bed & chance that you will be able to come, please Breakfast fee. let us know. If there is insufficient response, Another plus for the Centre at Clayton is we may have to cancel the whole event! that the Airport Bus from Melbourne Air- WORLD CONGRESS SASSONE, ROME APRIL, 2000 A World Congress of Lay Carmelites is to be held in Sassone, Rome during Holy Week of the Jubilee Year 2000. The Pope has declared this to be a Holy Year. It is hoped that the National Council can send two Lay Carmelite delegates to take part in this Congress. Important issues such as the revision of the Third Order Rule and Ritual will be part of the program. The last revision of the Rule took place during the early 1970s and, therefore, there is a real need for input by Australian representation. NOW we come to the question of money, or should we say lack of money. We estimate that the total cost (plane fares, Congress fees and accommodation) will be approximately $5,000 each. This is an enormous amount of money which the National Council cannot cover. We appeal to our Lay Carmelite Brothers and Sisters to help us raise the money necessary to send two delegates to Sassone. The Congress is only six months away and it is necessary for bookings to be made immediately for air travel and accommodation. The RAFFLE is one way of helping to raise the necessary funds. By now you will have received your Raffle books and we urge you to do your best to sell as many tickets as possible. Perhaps you can help with additional ideas such as running cake stalls etc. This is an opportunity for our Lay Carmelites to exercise their fund-raising skills. Every effort, great and small, will be gratefully accepted.