Carmel Federation Seminar in Zevenkerken in Brugge

 On May 29-31, the Flemish Federation of Carmels held the yearly ongoing formation-seminar in the Benedictine Abbey in Zevenkerken, Brugge. This year we have Professor-Doctor Hein Blommestijn, OCarm. from the Titus Brandsma Institute in the Netherland... It was a grace and joy-filled seminar (as you can see in the photos below). All the members of the big Carmel Family: Sisters, fathers and brothers, OCDS (Tertiary) and associates, were represented.


Erfgoeddag (Heritage Day) on 23 April 2017

The basilica of Our Lady of Consolation takes part on  the Heritage Day 2017 organized by the national government. It will be open to the public the whole day from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Volunteer guides are available on that day to explain and answer your questions. Old mantles of Our Lady and valuable church vestments will be on display, only on that day. A short documentary film will be also shown to those interested. 


Visit of Fr. General Saverio Cannistra, OCD

The Sisters welcomed Father General and Fr. Jonas at the enclosure door.
This was on 19 March 2017, the eve of the Solemnity of St Joseph.
He came to Belgium mainly for the 400 year celebration of the existence of our Carmelite Friars. But every general whom comes to Belgium never failed to visit the oldest still-existing community of Carmelite nuns in the world.

Venerating the ancient and miraculous image of Our Lady of Consolation

A tour around the monastery garden

A visit in the Troostbasilica
Looking up at the bronze image above the entrance of the basilica
Celebrating the Holy Eucharist with the community
Looking at some ancient books in our archives

Reading a bull with the signature of our holy founder,
Blessed John Soreth
Looking at some important archive documents

Signing the Gulden "Guest" Book
A souvenir pose before Fr. General and Fr. Jonas, OCD, left for Sweden.

Thank you very much, Fr. General and Fr Jonas, for your valuable visit to our community!
We look forward to your next visit...


The present community 


Epiphany Sunday

We ended our Christmas celebration with a play entitled, "The Visitors"
depicting the visit of the 3 wise men from the East, otherwise known as the 3 Kings.
The two youngest sisters in the community portraying the role
of Mary (Sr. Marie Paul Thérèse) and Joseph (Sr. Maria Socoro)

Who can be the other visitor in white? Well, she was unexpected but turned out to be a very significant person, Eve, the first woman created by God. She paid homage to the newly-born Savior, Baby Jesus, Who would redeem the world from the sin that she and Adam committed. There was a very beautiful dialogue between her and Mary.


Gaudete Sunday

The 3rd candle in the Advent wreath has been lighted.
 "Have courage! Have patience! The Lord is coming very soon.