Serving the Lord with gladness has been the hallmark of the Carmelites in Trinidad and Tobago said Fr Anton Dick CSSp, presiding at Mass for the Corpus Christi Carmelites at the L’Hospice, November 14. The Mass culminated a nine-day novena and coincided with the date when the first Carmelite sisters arrived in T&T a century ago.
Fr Dick said the Carmelites have been serving the poor and underprivileged in a quiet and beautiful way. He recalled his first encounter with Sisters of the Congregation when he was a boy and visited a convalescent home for children in Diego Martin with his mother. He was amazed to see children who had been “abused” and had physical injuries. “I am sure that had an effect on me becoming a priest,” he said.
Fr Dick told of meeting Sr Maria Immaculata Tobas O Carm, whom he said left an “indelible mark” on his mind and life, observing the Sisters happily caring for unfortunate children and bringing happiness to them.