Jackson Carmelite Seculars receive scapulars, make promises

PEARL – On Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022 at St. Jude Pearl, the Carmelite Secular Community of Jackson, St. Joseph and St. Therese of Lisieux, OCDS had three members to make their definitive promise: Elena Buno, Maria Asuncion Cannon and Rizalina Caskey. Elizabeth Jones made her first promise, and three members were clothed in the large brown scapular, the habit of the order – Overton “Pierce” Crockett, Elizabeth Lee and Christina Overton. Their spiritual assistant, Father Jerome Earley, OCD (Marylake Monastery) was presider, with community member, Father Lincoln Dall, con-celebrating.

Founded by St. Teresa of Avila, the local Carmelite Secular community meets monthly on fourth Saturdays at the St. Jude Family Life Center. They are a contemplative, yet active order with a vocation of prayer. They learn to listen and commune in the silence with God, and about the many saints of Carmel. They imitate Mary in that she “kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) If you would like further information, please contact Dorothy Ashley at (601) 259-0885 or carmelite57@yahoo.com.