KUCHING – The Carmelites of Kuching joyfully celebrated the Making of Promise of five of their secular members on 9 November at the Carmelite Chapel.
Making their profession in the Order were Adeline Lee, Alice Chew, Juliana Lim and Stephen Tai for the Definitive Promise and Jane Maken for the Temporary Promise. Fr Aloysius Deeney OCD, the General Delegate to the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites Worldwide, came from Rome to accept and confirm the commitment of The Promise.
Celebrating the beautiful Sunday Eucharist which was also the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Fr Aloysius stressed the basilica (the Mother and Head of all Churches of the world) as signifying the freedom of worship. It is also a sign of unity and respect towards the Holy See.
Fr Aloysius went on to say that we are the Church and everyone is called to this unity and freedom to worship as a Church which is the Body of Christ. This unity and freedom calls for charity of every individual towards own neighbour.
In his session with the Secular Carmelites, Fr Aloysius elaborated on charity which is obedience as part of the Promise and challenged all to love, quoting St Teresa of Jesus, (founder of the Order) in her Book of Foundations “…all souls are capable of loving”.
After the Eucharist, the Secular Carmelites went to meet the nuns in the Guest Parlour of the convent. Mother Prioress, Sr Mary John of the Cross OCD, together with the other nuns congratulated the newly professed. She presented a gift to them and they later went to a local restaurant for dinner.
The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) Kuching is open to single, married, widowed lay people and diocesan priests who are interested in the Carmelite way of prayer – as a friendly relationship with God. Next intake for Observers will be in January 2009.
For more information, please contact: Alice Chew (President) at 0198393555 or Juliana Lim (Director of Formation) at 0198568191.
“Prayer in my opinion is nothing more than friendship with God. It means taking time off frequently to be with the One whom we know loves us.” – St Teresa of Jesus.