Please Meet...Jeffery Smialek, O.Carm.
It always gives us great joy to
introduce to you a future
Carmelite. Jeffrey Smialek professed
his Solemn Vows last month.
Name: Jeffery Smialek, O.Carm.
Born: July 12, 1975, Chicago, IL
Solemn Profession of Vows: May 8,
2005, Whitefriars Hall, Washington, DC
Currently: I am in Theology studies
and preparing for ordination at the
Washington Theological Union and
Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC.
I know I was called to the Carmelites while I was in graduate school and was
visiting with a Carmelite who taught me
in high school. He asked me when was I
going to join? I was kind of shocked at
first, but things fell into place through
the intercession of St. Thérèse and Our
Lady of Mount Carmel.
The most rewarding aspect of my
ministry is being able to learn the
fundamental truths of our faith in order
to deepen my own understanding and
to help others come to a more mature
faith as well.
The greatest challenge in my ministry is having to take tests, write papers,
and the general demands of schoolwork!
Jeffery Smialek, O.Carm.
The greatest influence on my vocation was Father Timothy Andres,
O.Carm., who taught me in school.
My favorite scripture passage: “So
that we might exist for the praise
of His glory.” Ephs. 1:12
I chose life with the Carmelites
because of my deep respect and
admiration for them. While I was a
student at Mount Carmel H.S. in
Chicago, I got to meet many fine
Carmelites, who exemplified all the
best of Carmelite life and truly inspired
me to follow them more closely.
Five years from now I hope to be teaching religion and history at one
of our Carmelite high schools.
Three words people use to describe
me: intelligent, responsible, and
Article reprinted from Between Friends,
the newsletter of the Little Flower Society, Summer 2005.