The Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary (PCM) have announced the results of their 2017 Chapter elections.
Wiliam J. Harry , O. Carm., has been re-elected Prior Provincial. Carl Joseph Markelz, O. Carm., has been elected Vice Prior Provincial. Additionally, four Carmelites were elected as Councilors for the Province. They are: Paul Henson, O.Carm., First Councilor; Quinn Conners, O. Carm., Second Councilor; Emilio Rodríguez Mendez, O. Carm., Third Councilor, and Daryl Moresco, O. Carm., Fourth Councilor. We invite you to read a brief bio of each member of the PCM Province’s leadership team below.
William J. Harry, O. Carm., (Prior Provincial) is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He holds a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of Arizona. He received a S.T.B. from the Pontifical Gregorian University and an S.T.L. at the University of St. Mary of Lake. In 1997, he received a Doctorate in Ministry. In addition to his many years as both a high school teacher and administrator, Fr. Harry held numerous roles in provincial leadership before being elected prior provincial in November 2013. He continues to coordinate the province’s book publication ministry and is editor of The Sword. He is a member of the executive board of the Carmelite NGO and its director of communication.
Carl Joseph Markelz, O. Carm., (Vice Provincial) a native of Joliet, IL, graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a BBA, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He received an MA in Theology with a concentration in Moral Theology and Social Ethics as well as a Master’s Degree in Private School Administration. After teaching in high schools for a number of years, he served as the President/Principal of Mount Carmel High School in Chicago from 1996-2011, where he was involved in fundraising, campus expansion, and many academic enhancements to the overall program. In 2011, he was elected Provincial of the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary. Attending the General Chapter in Rome in 2013, he was elected as the Bursar General of the Order and served in Rome until June 22, 2017, when he was elected as the Vice Provincial of the Province.
Paul Henson, O. Carm., (First Councilor) a native of Los Angeles, has worked as a chaplain, youth minister and pastoral agent in Washington, D.C., New York, Maryland, Mexico and Peru. Upon ordination he was assigned to Crespi Carmelite High School where he taught theology before becoming the principal in June 2004. In July 2013, he was named the vocation director for the PCM province in the United States and Canada. He travels throughout the country meeting candidates and giving presentations about religious life and priesthood, especially to Carmelite ministries. From 2014–2017, he served on the provincial council and on various provincial commissions and school boards. In June 2017, he was elected to serve as the first councilor.
Quinn R. Conners, O. Carm., (Second Councilor) Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who served as the Associate Director of Clinical Services at Saint Luke Institute until recently and is now prior and co-director of formation at Whitefriars Hall. He is also part-time faculty at The Catholic University of America and prior to that he was a part-time faculty member at Washington Theological Union. In addition to having previously served two stints as the prior and director of formation at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC (1983-90, 2007-2012), he’s also been director of novices (2004-2007), and provincial (1990-1996). He holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has done workshops nationally and internationally in the areas of psychology and spirituality, sexuality, vocational discernment, and issues in the first five years of ministry.
Emilio Rodriguez Mendez, O. Carm., (Third Councilor) grew up in Guadalajara, México where he had a career as a public accountant. At age thirty he began investigating religious life and attended an experience with the Carmelites in Stockton, California. His Carmelite formation took place at Casa Santa Teresita in Houston, Texas, Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC, and Casa del Carmen in Tlalpan (Mexico City), Mexico. After spending a year as an associate pastor in the parish in Torreón, Coahuila, he then served as the director of the pre-novitiate formation house, Casa del Carmen, in Tlalpan for five years. For the past six years he has been pastor of the parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord in Torreón. During his tenure there, a new parish church and priory for the Carmelites were constructed.
Daryl Moresco, O. Carm., (Fourth Councilor) was born the eldest of six children in a country town in Australia. After completing high school, Br. Daryl entered the Carmelite novitiate in 1972 at eighteen years of age and later professed Simple Vows in 1973. While studying for the priesthood over the next three years he discerned that he was not called to ordained ministry and, after completing a teaching degree, he taught for 20 years. In 1991, he moved out of teaching and was placed in charge of the province’s Spirituality and Conference Center in Melbourne for three years. During this time he trained as a spiritual director, largely due to his involvement and leadership of a weekly Taize prayer group that attracted over 150 people. In 2001, he came to Whitefriars Hall in Washington, D.C. to study at Washington Theological Union for the Certificate in Carmelite Studies combined with an MA in Pastoral Studies. While completing his studies, he was asked to be co-Director of Formation at Whitefriars Hall during a period of transition. He then went to Mount Carmel High School in Chicago to work in campus ministry and to teach theology for four years. In 2007, he was appointed Director of Pre-Novitiate Formation at Carith House in Chicago. In 2017, he was named co-Director of Novitiate Formation at Brandsma Priory in Middletown, NY.