Quote of the day, 3 July: Blessed Chiquitunga

Blessed Chiquitunga led an active apostolic life in Paraguay's Catholic Action movement prior to entering Carmel. In this prayer, she pleads with God: "let this ardor of my heart change into an intense life of union with You, beloved Master, of intense apostolate for Your glory..."

Easter Greetings from Ukraine

On Easter Sunday, 17 April 2022, Father General Miguel Márquez Calle sent video greetings to the entire Order from Bucha, Ukraine. From the burial ground where the friars had just prayed for the dead, he wished to extend resurrection greetings: "to all the Order we wish you a Happy Easter where death does not have the last word." Watch his video with our English subtitles.

Ukraine: In God’s hands

The Discalced Carmelites who remain in Ukraine look to the martyr Saint Edith Stein for inspiration and discernment because she was willing “to live and die in the hands of the Lord, as God wills and when God wills.” Father Józef Kucharczyk, OCD gives us an update and thanks us for our prayer and financial support.

Quote of the day, 5 March: Józef Kucharczyk, OCD

What is the Discalced Carmelite experience in Ukraine at the moment? Provincial Delegate Father Józef Kucharczyk explains: "This is what I feel: spiritual warfare! I don’t feel like a hero... The priests and the faithful don’t feel like heroes, but we are really fighting with the devil!"

Spiritual Warfare in Ukraine: An interview with Fr. Józef Kucharczyk, OCD

The Discalced Carmelite friars and nuns are not immune to the current crisis in Ukraine. On 28 February 2022, the Discalced Carmelite General Superior, Father Miguel Márquez Calle, interviewed Father Józef Kucharczyk, the Provincial Delegate in Ukraine, asking him to describe the Discalced Carmelite presence, their current experience, as well as their needs. Here is our translation of that interview.

Quote of the day, 4 March: Józef Kucharczyk, o.c.d.

Discalced Carmelite provincial delegate Father Józef Kucharczyk in Kyiv says, "Our presence here in Ukraine is important so that the people can feel this kind of security—spiritual security." Learn about the initiatives that the faithful bring to him to unite in prayer.

The colour of life

A senior man applied for a vacancy in a nursing home. When I went to fetch him to take him there, all his belongings were in a shoe box. It was all he had. After his first night at the nursing home, I asked him if he was feeling all right, and he answered: ”The... Continue Reading →

Remembering Nathan Trapuzzano — The Nathan Trapuzzano Memorial Foundation

Nathan Benjamin Trapuzzano was born May 17, 1989.  The fourth of five children, he was raised in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, a suburb north of Pittsburgh.  Growing up, Nathan excelled in academics and athletics, held a black belt in karate, and possessed superb skills playing both...Via The Nathan Trapuzzano Memorial Foundation Nathan and his beautiful bride, Jennifer

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