The Sisters request you to accompany us with your prayers during our community retreat, starting March 6-12. We have the privilege to have our retired Archbishop, Godfried Cardinal Danneels as retreat master this year. We also keep you in our prayer during these intense days of preparation for the Lenten season.
On 26 February we received the visit of Bishop Gilbert Garcera of the diocese of Daet, Camarines Sur, in the Philippines. With him were his chancelor and Fr. Ruben Torres, who presently resides in the seminary in Amsterdam. Kind-hearted lay Filipinos drove them to Belgium to visit the Carmels of Vilvoorde and Antwerp, the latter now preparing to welcome their two new Fillipina Sisters from Naga Carmel, who will be coming soon.
It was a short but very memorable visit. We thanked the Bishop for including us in his itinerary after their Adlimina visit in Rome with the holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.
(Two of our Sisters are not in the photo so the community here is not complete)
Another group of children from our neighboring parish, who are preparing for their Confirmation in May came to visit our monatery on 16 February, together with their catechists, in order to know more about our life and to pay homage to Our Lady of Consolation. After singing a song invoking the Holy Spirit, they viewed a DVD about the "Karmel Troost", then asked questions afterwards. Their visit ended with a prayer to Our Blessed Mother and the singing of the Hail Holy Queen. This souvenir photo was taken just before they left.