Today the Universal Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, while those in Switzerland and at St. Meinrad celebrate Our Lady of Einseindeln. This day has special significance to many, as those who are enrolled in the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular share this day as an important Feast. It is a common practice in most churches for the priest to enroll First Communicants in the Confraternity on the day of the First Communion. My siblings and I were no exception. I have worn the Brown Scapular constantly, since I was enrolled after my first communion, on May 5, 2002. A neat fact about the Brown Scapular is that new ones do not have to be blessed as the blessing is for the person, not the scapular, once enrolled in the confraternity the blessing transfers for life.
This day has special significance to the seminarians in our Diocese, even if they do not realize it. The Diocese of Owensboro sends it’s men for formation at Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary in Indianapolis, and St. Meinrad Archabbey & School of Theology in St. Meinrad, IN. Bishop Bruté Seminary is housed in an old carmelite Monastery. Commonly called a “Carmel”. As soon as you walk through the front door you are greeted by a statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The Carmelite symbols, saints, and other related objects are located all over the seminary. Not to mention the prayerful spirit of those nuns who lived and prayed before us, that resonates within the building.
The Major Seminarians in our Diocese attend Seminary at St. Meinrad. St. Meinrad was started by the Abbey in Einseindeln, where Our Lady of Einseideln is venerated.
So a blessed Feast day to all of the Owensboro Seminarians. May Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Our Lady of Einseindeln continue to watch over and protect all of us!
+In His Mercy,