The latest news from the Carmelite Order and from the Bay Area Region.

Also included are details about two electronic newsletters for Lay Carmelites: the Lay Carmelite e-Bulletin, published by the Order, and the Carmelite Review, a quarterly newsletter published by the Carmelite Media Office of the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary.

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Lay Bulletin Issue 5 2016

We are delighted to offer you the latest issue of the Lay Carmelite E-Bulletin. This is a special issue since this year we celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of Saint Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, a Carmelite nun from Italy, who was a renowned spiritual writer of her times. Through different and varied articles, this edition gives us an opportunity to learn more about the life and spirituality of St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, as well as about the different celebrations and activities organized for this special anniversary.

Meet Saint Mary Magdalen de’ Pazzi

Meet St. Mary Magdalen de'Pazzi

Few Saints hold greater attraction for Carmelites of the Ancient Observance than Saint Mary Magdalen de’ Pazzi. The mystical phenomena in her life, the spiritual wisdom of her writings, and, above all, the angelic sanctity which led to her official canonization by Pope Clement IX in 1669 have made her one of Carmel’s brightest lights and best-loved Saints.

The Opening of the 450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Mary Magdalen de’Pazzi

The Opening of the 450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Mary Magdalen de’Pazzi

On the 2nd of April, the date of Mary Magdalen’s birth in 1566, the solemn opening of the anniversary celebrations took place at the monastery of Careggi (Forence, Italy), where her body is venerated. The Cardinal Archbishop of Florence, Giuseppe Betori, led the celebration of the Eucharist that was concelebrated by several priests.