16 July- Solemnity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Our celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel was simple yet solemn.
As in the previous years, we re-introduced to the people the brown scapular, which is not so popular anymore here in Belgium as before. An Orthodox priest, who was present in the Mass, called up later during the day that he found our Eucharistic celebration very beautiful!

We had also a paraliturgy in the choir on the eve of the feast in Her honor and and our Mother prioress' feast. We have agreed to celebrate her feast as prioress every July 16 instead of the Good Shepherd Sunday, which always falls on the same week with our "Troostkermis"".

In the well-decorated recreation room, some gifts were laid on the table. We first sang an opening hymne, Mother shared with us her retreat account and then we ended with a hymne to Our Blessed Mother.

Our Mother looking intently at the gifts of the Sisters.

Below is an excerpt from our DVD recorded presentation for Mother's feast, which was entitled in Flemish: "Karmel in beelden en liederen" (Carmel in images and songs)
This particular song that the Sisters interpreted with actions is our holy Mother St. Teresa's famous prayer, "Let Nothing Disturb You".

Another song was : "My Love" based on the Spiritual Canticle of St John of the Cross.

First visit of our new archbishop

Our new archbishop, Monsignor André Joseph Léonard,
came to meet our community for the first time on 3 July 2011,
feast of St. Thomas, the apostle.

Paying homage to Our Lady of Consolation.

After joining us in praying the Rosary, Vespers and one-hour Adoration
of the Blessed Sacrament, we invited him for supper, so we could exchange some words with him. He obviously loves our spirituality especially the "Little Way" of St. Therese.

Monsignor signed our Golden Book for the archives before he left.

June 16- Feastday of Mother Prioress and Sister subprioress

Our Mother and Sister subrprioress happen to have the same patron Saint, St Lutgardis, a Flemish mystic, so we celebrate their name-feastday together every year on June 16. This year our presentation was a combination of relgious and children's songs, which we interpretated with actions.

Group singing of a Marian hymne with Sr Luisa playing the guitar.

Sr. Marie Paul Therese played in the organ: " Be Gentle"

Sr. Marie Elisabeth played with her flute the music: " Play Before the Lord"

A duet-flute: "Sanctissima"

Sr. Carmela singing Maria Trapp's "Do-re-mi" with her banjitaar.

Sr. Luisa playing an instrumental music with the cithaar.

And this was after our nursery rhymes' presentation. Unfortunately, nobody has taken picture of the actual presentation because we were all participants. So we just posed after the number to give you an idea how we were dressed. We sang and interpreted songs; which we learned in our cathecism classes in the elementary years such; "Who made all the trees that grow...", "Anchona chicken", "Twinkle, twinkle little stars", "Ten Little Indians", "I am but a small voice" and finally "It is a small world after all."

Early spring in our garden

Taking a walk and enjoying nature in the beginning of spring.

MotherAnn Christi with our younger sisters.

Marvelling the many fruits that the fig tree in our garden bore.