Mangaluru: Apostolic Carmel inaugurates bicentennial birth anniversary of Venerable Mother Veronica

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Mangaluru, Oct 1: The Apostolic Carmel inaugurated the bicentennial birth anniversary of its foundress Venerable Mother Veronica on Saturday October 1 at St Ann’s Chapel. It was on this day, 200 years ago, a star kissed the mother Earth that would bring forth a Congregation – the Apostolic Carmel. This noble child, Sophie Leeves was born to a devout Anglican family, Henry Daniel Leeves and Marina Haultain on October 1, 1823. As per God’s wonderful design, she embraced the Catholic Church, consecrated herself as a sister and hearkened to the call ‘I want you in Carmel’.

During the Eucharistic sacrifice, the sisters recalled with gratitude, her sacrifice, heroism in facing the challenges, deep trust in God, love for the poor and needy and a fond desire to empower women. Symbolising 200 years with 20 lamps, a lamp for each decade, the sisters and an AC Associate joined the entrance procession along with the celebrant Rev Fr Archibald Gonsalves OCD.

Fr Archibald in his homily connected beautifully the life of Venerable Mother Veronica and St Therese of the Child Jesus whose feast was celebrated today. He highlighted the noble and heroic life of Mother Veronica and urged every Apostolic Carmelite to live her call by rededicating her life to Jesus and His mission.

After the Mass, seven sisters representing North, South, East, West, Sri Lanka, East Africa and Karnataka carried the lighted lamps and placed before the portrait of Venerable Mother Veronica, after which the bicentennial logo was unveiled to the tune of the hymn ‘I have brought you into the land of Carmel’.




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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 02 2022

    Every human person is made for unique love and communion with God and others. Jesus wants you to be with Him, but not for anything you can do – just because you are you, and He loves you. This truth fuels our prayer. As Sisters of Life, we commit to deep, daily prayer, lifting up the needs of every human person, especially the most vulnerable, to Jesus, the Lord of Life.

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  • Karen, Udupi/Mumbai

    Sat, Oct 01 2022

    Heartiest Congratulations to the AC order and may our Benefactress be hailed and adored for all time to come.

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Sat, Oct 01 2022

    Very Many Thanks to you our Very Dear Loving Venerable Mother Veronica! You were wise and kind enough to Gift us this immortal beautiful arrangement for the future generation to come after you ! LORD, KINDLY BE WITH YOU !!!

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