July 18, 2022 A Very Special Day! The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel marked a very special day for our community – the 35th Anniversary of our founding! We had a lovely day together, recalling all the graces of these 35 years. God has blessed us greatly, and allowed us to be part of His marvelous work! In thanksgiving for Mother Mary Gabriel’s life, for her ‘fiat’ in founding our community, we gathered after Vespers to sing the Salve at her crypt. The image you see below is of Our Lady of Las Lajas, an image that miraculously appeared on a cave wall in Columbia, in 1754. Kneeling before her, are Saint Francis and Saint Dominic. Understandably, we have a great love for this beautiful image! Many of our Sisters celebrate an anniversary on July 16: entrance as a postulant, reception of the habit, or professing of first vows. Sister Rita Marie has the ‘Triple Crown’ of all three on this feast! This year, Sister Madeline received the religious habit and her religious name. We are overjoyed to introduce her as Sister Mary Thomas, of the Open Heart of Christ.