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by Patricia Enk, OCDS. Patricia is a Secular Discalced Carmelite in the Province of St. Therese. She writes her own blog, Illumina Domine.
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Giving Tuesday


This year, Giving Tuesday falls on December 3. The Carmelite Institute of North America will be one of the organizations accepting donations on that day. For more information on how to donate, please visit the Carmelite Institute's website.

Omnia Vincit Amor - Concert at the Basilica of the Little Flower - San Antonio, TX

Concert at the Basilica


Come for an evening of music at the National Shrine of St. Therese in San Antonio, Texas on November 22, 2019.

Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.

This concert, “Omnia Vincit Amor / El Amor Todo lo Vence,” will highlight expressions of love through music, sung by renowned soprano Cristina Ortega, “the Soprano of Mexico,” and accompanied by prominent pianist and concertmaster Maestro Carlos Alberto Pecero. The concert is presented in cooperation with Musica y Opera del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura. Proceeds of the concert will support the Basilica Restoration Project.

The music program, narrated in Spanish and English, will present arias from Handel, Mascagni, Gounod, Bizet, Bach and love songs by Bernal Jiménez, Macedonio Alcalá, Esparza Oteo, José Serrano, and Lorenzo Barcelata.

Ms. Ortega is an internationally known singer with a career of 54 years. She was designated as “The Soprano of Mexico” by the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City. During her concert career she has represented Mexico in some of the world’s most prestigious venues. She was the first Mexican opera singer to perform Mexican concert songs at the Carnegie Hall and has sung with Plácido Domingo, Beverly Sills, and other prominent artists.

Since 1994, Ms. Ortega has been the artistic director of the Hispanic Heritage Society and the artistic group Voces de San Antonio. She is the musical director of the Basilica’s annual Gran Posada in December, and is a promoter of Mexico’s musical culture.

Mr. Pecero is a leading Mexican pianist. He was a member of the Trio Mexico and currently serves as a permanent soloist of the Classical Orchestra of Mexico and as a member of the Concertistas de Bellas Artes group.

Purchase your tickets today to attend this special concert!

For ticket reservations and more details, visit this event's page on the Basilica website.

To learn more about the Basilica Restoration Project, click here.

This news item was first published on 11/05/2019 and updated with music program details and official concert poster on 11/19/2019.
Carmelite Pilgrimage - August 2020
In the Footsteps of Teresa of Jesus and John of the Cross is a Carmelite Pilgrimage which will visit important Carmelite sites from August 2 to August 17, 2020. The pilgrimage will be led by Professor Alberto Ferreiro, Ph.D, and Fr. Thomas Otanga, OCD.
Professor Ferreiro is a tenured faculty member at Seattle Pacific University in Early Christian and Medieval History with a specialty in Spanish and Portuguese studies. He is founder and director of a University of Salamanca, Spain Summer program for college students and has led groups there for 30 summers. He has published 12 books and over 115 scholarly articles on Late Roman and Early Medieval Spain and Portugal. He was born in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. This is the sixth Carmelite pilgrimage that he has organized.
Fr. Thomas Otanga is a Discalced Carmelite priest of the Washington Province. He was born in Bondo, Kenya (East Africa). He joined the Carmelites in Kenya in 1993. He graduated with two bachelor’s degrees (Sacred Theology, Rome and Religious Studies, Kenya) in 1998. He did his Licentiate degree (STL) in Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and graduated in 2001. Fr. Otanga completed his doctoral studies in Theology with a specialization in Spiritual Theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC in 2013. Fr. Otanga was ordained to the priesthood in 2003. He guides both private and group retreats, offers spiritual direction and gives talks and workshops mostly on religious formation. He is currently the OCDS Regional Assistant for the Midwest region of the Washington Province.

For more information contact: Prof. Dr. Alberto Ferreiro:
Deadline for Reservations is January 15, 2020. Inquire for any remaining openings after that date.

Elizabeth of the Trinity (Elisabeth Catez)

Elizabeth of the Trinity


St. Elizabeth of the Trinity was a Discalced Carmelite nun in the Carmel of Dijon, France. She was canonized October 16, 2016. Her feast day is on November 8.

This wonderful saint left a legacy of spiritual writings which continue to inspire the contemplative in many people. Her prayer to the Trinity may be found on the Prayer page.

Read her brief bio on Our Saints page to learn more.

Photo courtesy of Carmel of Flavignerot (Dijon), France
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