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As we draw near to the end of this year we look back with gratitude. During the year we celebrated the 5th Centenary of the Birth of St Teresa of Avila. The centenary generated a level of interest that went far beyond our wildest expectations. There were many memorable events. The lectures by Fr Greg Homeming, OCD at St Teresa’s and Julienne McLean and Peter Tyler in the Avila Centre are available on YouTube.
There were also many valuable publications. Fr Eugene McCaffrey’s Let Nothing Trouble You has sold five thousand copies already. The Teresian Press recently published St Teresa and the Our Father: A Catechism of Prayer by Fr Aloysius Rego, OCD and Praying with St Teresa: Through the Way of Perfection by Fr Jerome Lantry, OCD. There were several issues of Mount Carmel dedicated to St Teresa. All these are available from the Carmelite Book Service.
On November 19 we had the canonization of Zelie and Louis Martin, parents of St Thérèse. The parish of Marcallo-Casone in Italy commissioned a beautiful icon of the Martin family, reproductions of which are now available from the parish.
In September the School of Prayer began in the Avila Carmelite Centre. The year-long course attracted over thirty participants and there has been a high level of satisfaction with the content.
Now we look forward to the Year of Mercy due to begin on December 8. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an important part of the ministry of our houses, in particular St Teresa’s, Clarendon Street, Loughrea and Derry. Advent is always a busy time for the Sacrament in our communities and we expect this year to be even busier than usual. The initiative of Pope Francis in calling a Year of Mercy will we believe bring many graces of reconciliation.
The Jubilee Year of Mercy will make this a special Advent.
We wish you our visitors a blessed Advent.