BY SISTER MARJORIE ROBINSON, OCD, SECRETARY, CARMELITE INSTITUTE Ameeting of the Board of Directors of the Carmelite Institute was held March 16-17th at Whitefriars Hall, Washington, DC, to assess the future of the Institute. Although the Carmelite Institute is in transition at this time, its mission and commitment to serve the needs of the Carmelite family, with a new emphasis, focus, structure and staffing is strong and will continue. The board members elected Father Patrick McMahon, O.Carm., of the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, as president of the Carmelite Institute. Dr. Kathy Brown, D.Min., current Director of the Formation for Ministry Program at the Washington Theological Union, was hired as Executive Director of the Carmelite Institute. Three provinces of American Carmelites; the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, Oklahoma Province of the Discalced Carmelites, and the Province of Saint Elias will be the sponsors of the Institute. To assist and advise the leadership of the Carmelite Institute through the transition period, as well as to help vision the future direction of the Carmelite Institute, a Task Force of five members was named, which includes representatives of the three provinces. Celebrating the Rite (continued from page 19) Rite instead of the Tridentine Rite. They were enthusiastic. Next, I had to find the books. The Provincial archives had a number of copies of the 1935 Carmelite Missal, published when Most Reverend Hillary Doswald, O.Carm., was the Prior General and one copy of the 1955 Carmelite Antiphonale, was published when Most Reverend Killian Lynch, O.Carm., was the Prior General. Last, the altar servers had to be trained. In many of the dioceses on the East Coast, the Solemnity of the Ascension is still celebrated on Thursday. This year Ascension Thursday fell on May 17th. This became the day for the first public celebration of the Carmelite Rite in forty years—at the 6:30 PM Mass. It was, in a word, thrilling. Why did I seek this permission? it was not simply to be different. Regularly celebrating the Tridentine Rite is different enough. I think we, the Carmelites, gave up a lot when we stopped using the Carmelite Rite. It is part of our heritage, and it is a beautiful heritage. For example, in the Carmelite Missal, the Latin Collects for the Carmelite feast days are especially poetic. The Carmelite Rite is part of my own history. It was the Rite of my ordination and the Rite I celebrated during my early priesthood. The Carmelite Rite has elements that are especially expressive. For example, the unity of the Eucharist with the community is strongly made when, at the Rite of Peace, the presider first kisses the paten and chalice, and then, while holding the Host in his left hand, embraces the deacon and says, “Habete vinculum pacis et caritas, ut opti sitis sacrosancitis mysteriis Domini Nostri Jesu Christi” (have the bond of peace and charity that you may be fit for the most holy mysteries of our Lord Jesus Christ). The deacon then extends the Peace, “Pax Tecum,” to the sub-deacon and so on to the congregation. Neither the Tridentine Rite nor the Paul VI Rite so strongly express the tie between the Eucharist and the community as does the Carmelite Rite. Truly beautiful. What is the future of the Carmelite Rite? That is for the scholars and the liturgical experts—and for time to tell. For me, it was wonderful to experience in celebration, after long last, our beautiful Rite again.