May 10, 2016

Brother Nepi’s Diaconate Ordination

Brother Nepomuk Willemsen, O.Carm., was ordained a deacon today (Saturday) at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, by Bishop Barry Knestout, auxiliary bishop of Washington
September 21, 2015

Pope Francis Goes to Washington

The community at Whitefriars Hall here in Washington, DC, received only two tickets to Pope Francis' canonization Mass of Blessed Junipero Serra this Wednesday. Brother Gregorio and I won a lottery among the students to determine who would attend. The tickets are for seats very near the altar.
September 3, 2015

Carmel is…

Carmelites in formation created this brief video, "Carmel is…" for Carmelites Study Week at Whitefriars Hall in Washington DC. (August 2015)
August 25, 2014

Video: We Are Carmel

During Carmelite Studies Week (August 10-16) at Whitefriars Hall in Washington DC, 36 Carmelite men in formation participated in a media challenge. They were tasked with breaking into small groups that would produce a compelling piece of content around the prophetic and contemplative aspects of the Carmelite charism. The video above was produced by Carmelites Matt Gummess, Nigel Ali, Manu Franco and Matt Bonin.
August 13, 2014

Carmelite Studies Week 2014

Carmelite men in formation gathered August 10-16 at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC for the third annual Carmelite Studies Week. The 36 participants were members of the two North American provinces and came from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, Trinidad and Vietnam.
November 26, 2013

Green Beans with Garlic and Oil

Thoughts of Thanksgiving take me back to one special year when I was a seminarian in formation. My parents visited me at Whitefriars Hall, the residence for Carmelites and international student house in Washington DC. My mom, of course, found her way to the kitchen to help with dinner preparation, while my dad told war stories to anyone around who was willing to listen.
August 28, 2013

Along The Way—The People and Places of Carmel

So much of my work as provincial involves traveling so I can walk with my brother Carmelites at various stages of their own journeys. It is a grace-filled opportunity to see Carmel at work through so many different people and places.
June 25, 2013

Under the Broom Tree: Silo Pizza

Many years ago, I visited our Carmelite community in Tuscon, Arizona, at the same time as another visitor – a young Carmelite named Enrique Varela. It became apparent very quickly that Erinque was talented in the kitchen.

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