Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the patroness of the Congregation of the Apostolic Carmel started by Venerable Mother Veronica on July 16th 1868 at Bayonne France. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order. The Feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel is dear to all of us the Carmelites. Mount Carmel is a coastal mountain range in northern Israel stretching from the Mediterranean Sea towards the southeast. The beauty of the mountain carries one into a world rich in nature and close to God. The first Carmelites were Christian hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land during the late 12th and early to mid-13th century. They built in the midst of their hermitages a Chapel which they dedicated to the Blessed Virgin whom they honored as the “Lady of the place”. May Mother of Carmel bless us and accompany us as we journey together to reach and meet Jesus on Mount Carmel who’s waiting to welcome us and bless us. May Mary our Mother Queen Beauty of Carmel protect us under her maternal love and care especially during this turbulent time of the pandemic.