Canonization of Bl Elizabeth set for 16th Oct 2016

Vatican City, 20 June 2016 – This morning in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father presided at the celebration of Terce and at the ordinary public consistory for the canonisation of the Blesseds:
– Salomon Leclercq (né Guillaume-Nicolas-Louis Leclercq), 1745-1792, French, of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, martyr;
– Manuel González García, 1877-1940, Spanish, bishop of Palencia, founder of the Children of Reparation and the Congregation of the Eucharistic Missionaries of Nazareth;
– Ludovico Pavoni, 1784-1849, Italian priest, founder of the Sons of Mary;
– Alfonso Maria Fusco, 1839-1910, Italian priest, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist;
Elisabeth of the Holy Trinity (née Elisabeth Catez), 1880-1906, French professed religious of the Order of Descalced Carmelites.

Canonization of Bl Elizabeth of the Trinity 16th Oct 2016Elizabeth Catez of the Trinity was born in 1880 in the diocese of Bourges. In 1901 she entered the Discalced Carmelite monastery of Dijon. There she made her profession of vows in 1903 and from there she was called “to light, to love and to life” by the Divine Spouse in 1906. A faithful adorer in spirit and in truth, her life was a “praise of glory” of the Most Blessed Trinity present in her soul and loved amidst interior darkness and excruciating illness. In the mystery of divine inhabitation she found her “heaven on earth,” her special charism and her mission for the church. For more about Bl Elizabeth click here :



Reprinted from the California Catholic Daily website ( – June 7, 2016 –

Carmelite nuns

“The vocation of the Carmelite life is loving service to

God’s people overflowing from our prayer.”

Vox Vitae is a new Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to educating people to be a voice for life. Vox Vitae’s inaugural event is a five-day summer camp, August 1-5, at St. Therese Catholic Church and St. Joseph Campus in Alhambra.

Catherine Contreras, president of Vox Vitae, says that “a primary goal of Vox Vitae is to instill in the youth the knowledge of how precious they are because they are created in the image of God. With this confidence they will be able to handle societal pressures and embrace the culture of life. I have met so many Catholic youth who want to do their part to end abortion and bring

Catherine Contreras and Ramona

Catherine Contreras and Ramona Trevino

about a culture of life, but there has been no place for them to go that also nurtures their faith. Our faith comes first and then from our faith flows the obligation to be a voice for life and the desire to try to create a culture of life.”

Contreras’ view reflects the Carmelite spirituality that pervades Vox Vitae. Vox Vitae has the blessing of Contreras’ pastor, Father Philip Sullivan, a Carmelite, and is constantly in the prayers of both the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles and the the Cloistered Carmelite Nuns of the Carmel of Jesus in Alhambra. The sisters say on Vox Vitae’sblog, “This is the vocation of the Carmelite life – loving service to God’s people overflowing from our prayer.”

Vox Vitae’s day camp for youth and evening camp for adults is designed to draw people into a deeper union

Father Sullivan

Father Sullivan

with Christ and encourage them to act as a voice for life. Scheduled speakers include Doug Barry from EWTN, Tim Staples from Catholic Answers, Father Stephen Imbarrato from Priests for Life, Astrid Bennett Gutierrez from the Vida Initiative, Jesse Romero from Immaculate Heart Radio, and Ramona Trevino, a former Planned Parenthood clinic manager.

“Catholics are called to political and social involvement in order to create a Catholic culture in their community,” says Claire Miller, youth advisor for Vox Vitae. “Vox Vitae camp is the means for Catholic youth to develop the skills and connections to start making a difference.”

Bishop David O’Connell, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the San Gabriel Region, endorses Vox Vitae. “These are sad days in California. Physician assisted suicide is now law. But instead of losing hope, let’s work together to prepare a whole new generation of youth who will be pro-life. This is why Vox Vitae pro-life camp is so important. I encourage you to send your youth to participate.”

The Vox Vitae missionaries work with teens, adults, and families throughout the year, fostering the ideals instilled at Vox Vitae Camp. Through presentations, advanced trainings, and the opportunity to join in their outreach events, the missionaries help each person be an effective and compelling voice for life.

“The Vox Vitae missionaries are young people united in their desire to live out their faith by being a voice for life,” says Mary Rose Short, Vox Vitae missionary director. “The missionaries live in community, joyfully embrace the teachings and beauty of the Catholic Church, and are committed to continuing spiritual growth and formation. The missionaries advocate for life from conception to natural death through a prayerful presence in front of abortion facilities, by lobbying elected officials, and with educational displays and dialogue on public campuses and sidewalks. As St. Teresa of Avila says, ‘We should desire and engage in prayer not for our own enjoyment but for the sake of acquiring the strength which will fit us for service.’”

Vox Vitae is currently accepting applications both for Camp and for the Missionaries.

New Saints & Blesseds for the Discalced Carmelite Order ! Praise be to Jesus Christ !

Carmelite canonisation and beatification announced
05 March 2016


On 4th March 2016 the Holy See Press Office announced that Pope Francis has approved the decrees that will lead in the coming months to the canonisation of Discalced Carmelite nun Elizabeth of the Trinity, and the beatification of Discalced Carmelite friar Marie-Eugène of the Child Jesus.

The announcement follows a private audience between the pope and the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which the Holy Father authorised the Congregation to promulgate decrees recognising miracles obtained from God through the intercession of various holy men and women.

Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity was born Elisabeth Catez in France in 1880. A contemporary of another French Carmelite, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Elizabeth was also deeply contemplative, finding God’s presence in daily life and within herself. Her famous prayer “Holy Trinity, Whom I Adore”, is quoted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. She died at a young age in 1906 with a great reputation for holiness and a deep spiritual wisdom conveyed in her writings. In 1984 she was beatified (declared ‘Blessed’) by Pope John Paul II.

Elizabeth of the Trinity

The miracle paving the way to Blessed Elizabeth’s canonisation relates to a Belgian woman, Mary-Paul Stevens, who had been suffering from the uncurable Sjögren syndrome. She was cured in 2002 after making a pilgrimage to Blessed Elizabeth’s Carmel in Dijon. The case was submitted to Rome in 2012.

A date for Elizabeth’s canonisation is expected to be announced on 15th March.

The Venerable Servant of God Marie-Eugène of the Child Jesus was born Henri Grialou in France in 1892. He became a Discalced Carmelite friar, and went on to found the Secular Institute “Notre-Dame de Vie” (Our Lady of Life”. He died in 1967.

Marie-Eugène of the Child Jesus
Courtesy of The British Province of Carmelite Friars


Marie, Sister of St. Therese


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With the approval of Fr. Bonaventure, the following email was sent out to share with the Communities. Enjoy!

Dear Carmelite Friends,
If you love St. Therese, you’ll love this. It’s a wonderful document about Marie, the oldest sister of St. Therese.  It is written by Pauline and is beautiful.  It’s a small book and well worth reading.  I couldn’t help myself. I had to print it off for my Therese library. Here’s the link.
Blessings, Jenny