Novena to Our Lady
of Mount Carmel2017

                  Flos Carmeli

                             Flower of Carmel
                             Vine blossom laden
                             Joy of heaven
                             Who yet a maiden
                             Bore God’s Holy One.

                             Becoming Mother
                             Without the aid of man
                             Bless Carmel’s children
                             As you alone can, 
                             Star of Ocean

                             Virginal Lily
                             A-flowering among thorns
                             Keep us holy
                             Until the Vision dawns
                             of Christ, our Brother


"Flos Carmeli" is Latin for "Flower of Carmel".  It is a traditional Carmelite hymn and prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was written in the 13th century by St. Simon Stock, to whom Our Lady gave the Scapular as a sign of her motherly protection.   For seven centuries, Flos Carmeli has been known as the prayer that has never failed in obtaining her powerful help. 

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Dear Friends 

Please join us in the Novena in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at the Carmelite Monastery

July 8th - July 16th, 2017

               Reconciliation each evening from 6:00pm - 7:00pm

               - Rosary begins at 7:00pm, followed by Holy Mass.

               - Presider and Homilist: Fr. Mark O'Keefe, O.S.B 

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Fr. Mark O’Keefe, O.S.B., is a Benedictine monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana.  He is associate professor of Moral Theology at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology and from 1996-2008 was its president-rector.  He holds a doctorate in sacred theology, with specialization in moral theology, from The Catholic University of America.  Father O’Keefe is the author of nine books on moral theology, Christian ethics, and the priesthood, as well as numerous other published works.   He has also served as a pastor, and since 1987 has been a medical ethics consultant for Memorial Hospital in Jasper, Indian.  His interest in Carmelite spirituality, especially its great teachers, St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila, has led him to specialized studies in Avila, Spain, over the course of several years.  

For those of you who are able to be with us, each night in the chapel, Father Mark will speak on, "The Blessed Virgin Mary in the New Testament: Lesson for Christian Living". 

Bring your family! Invite your friends!  Join many others from Terre Haute and the praying nuns of Carmel. 


                             July 8      All are welcome

                             July 9      All are welcome

                             July 10     St. Patrick and St. Margaret Mary, Terre Haute

                             July 11     St. Joseph University Parish, Terre Haute

                             July 12     St. Joseph, Rockville 

                                            Sacred Heart, Clinton

                             July 13     St. Benedict

                             July 14     Sacred Heart, Terre Haute

                                            Annunciation, Brazil

                                            St. Paul the Apostle, Greencastle

                             July 15     St. Mary of the Woods Village Church                 

                            July 16      All Parishes                                         


Novena Prayer

O Most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity. There are none that can withstand your power! O help me and show me herein that you are my Mother. Our Lady, Queen and Beauty of Carmel, pray for me and obtain my requests! Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands!