Why and How do the Recollects Propagate Carmelite Devotion?

It is common knowledge that devotion to the Brown Scapular is inseparable with devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Everyone knows that it was to St. Simon Stock, who was Father General of the Carmelite Order, that the Blessed Mother appeared and entrusted the charge of spreading devotion to the Brown Scapular. In fact, … Read more

Virgen del Carmen de San Sebastian Re-enthroned

The Queen of San Sebastian Basilica — and of Quiapo — was once again re-enthroned at her rightful shrine during the closing ceremony of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of her first image to the country. The re-enthronement of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel at the Basilica, led by parish priest Fr. Antonio “Joy” … Read more

Brown Scapular: Sign of Our Belonging to God thru Mary

 The Brown Scapular of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel is an outward sign that the Mother of God covers us with the mantle of her maternal protection because we belong to God through her. This is what Fr. Rommel Rubia, OAR, newly appointed Local Prior of the community of San Sebastian College-Recoletos Cavite, said … Read more

The Brown Scapular and the AR Sisters: A Story of Fate and Faith

During his brief lecture on the history of the Carmelite devotion among the Augustinian Recollect friars in the Philippines at the Quirino Grandstand last May 4, historian Fr. Emil Quilatan, OAR mentioned in passing an interesting figure: Felipe Sonson. Sonson, a native of Macabebe, Pampanga, would have gone down in history as another obscure missionary … Read more

Cardinal Tagle: Return to Carmel

On the quadricentennial anniversary of the arrival of the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel to Philippine shores, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila reminded the Filipinos that if they want to have lasting and true peace, they should return to Carmel. Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, though absent, left this message which … Read more

Traslacion Highlighted by Mother-and-Son Encounter

The dramatic meeting between the Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Black Nazarene of Quiapo Church was the highpoint of the foot procession held in honor of the quadricentennial anniversary of her arrival to Philippine soil. The celebration kicked off with a fluvial procession at dawn of May 4, followed by a holy mass … Read more

Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Brown Scapular

On Friday, May 4, 2018, the Catholic Church of the Philippines will celebrate an important milestone: four hundred years of Filipino devotion to Mary under the title Our Lady of Mount Carmel. There will be a fluvial parade at the Manila Bay at 5 a.m., holy mass at the Quirino Grandstand, traslacion to her rightful … Read more

Historical Timeline of the Carmel Devotion

Mt. Carmel, aka Har Carmel, is a coastal mountain range located in northern Israel. It was there that Prophet Elijah made a contest and defeated the prophets of Baal (1Kings 18:20-40) Elijah was chosen by the first Carmelites as the model of religious and hermit life 12th Century – In 1185, St. Berthold, a crusader … Read more