MOTHER VERONICA OF THE PASSION
The journey of the APOSTOLIC CARMEL began when Mother Veronica of the Passion was called by God,
To go out to the land that I will show you”To answer this CALL,
Mother Veronica who was GIVEN ALL
AND LOST ALL.
The road God chose for her was the less travelled road;
hers was a “Strange Destiny”
For her who answered the CALL,
a call shrouded in mystery, pain, rejection and uncertainty..
YET GIVEN THE PROMISE OF A GREAT BLESSING LIKE ABRAHAM OF OLD..
After 27 long years Mother Marie Des Anges meets her beloved Mother Veronica..
“My Apostolic Carmel in India?” she asked.. And Mother Marie des Anges enumerates the BLESSINGS one by one. There are schools and orphanages in Mangalore, Cannanore, Tellicherry and Calicut.The Order was growing, her daughters in India were good and holy religious, new aspirants had asked to be received. The beautiful chapel of St. Ann’s was complete and the lovely stained glass windows, Madame Gill’s gift to the Apostolic Carmel was built into the wall above the high altar. The visit was over, a last kiss on her forehead – that was her goodbye to the Apostolic Carmel – “pass on my kiss to every child of the Apostolic Carmel”
Mother Veronica must have been blessed with the vision of the endless throng of virgins clad in their Carmel robes following the spotless Lamb.
A GREAT NATION: I WILL BLESS YOUR NAME
MAKE YOU A BLESSING
IN YOU I WILL BLESS THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH.
Mother Marie Des Anges (1870 to 1909)
Mother Marie des Anges was the last living link to the original band of Sisters consecrated to service by the Foundress Mother Veronica of the Passion. Mother Marie des Anges passed into the annals of the Apostolic Carmel as the first Superior General who from her homeland in France made Mangalore the field of her unstinted labours for all of nearly 40 years from 1870-1909.
She brought the Carmelite heritage and seeded and watered it and saw it grow into a sturdy tree. “Ma Mere”, as she was affectionately called, made herself one with her Indian daughters in her love and devotion to them in the common life prescribed by the rule. What she built grew and prospered, the sapling she had tended grew to spread its branches far and wide, almost like a banyan tree. She had nurtured, she had built and the work of her hands endures today in the Apostolic Carmel. All Mangalore – clergy, laity, Sisters of Charity, Ursulines, the Sodalities and the school girls, were at the Mangalore platform to receive the remains and formed the procession, which wound its way to St. Ann’s. In the absence of the Bishop, Father Rossi S.J. pronounced the absolution, assisted by practically all the clergy of Mangalore, to perform the funeral obsequies.
Father Rossi sympathizing with the Sisters said ... “The faithful observance of your rules, certainly is and ever shall be a source of the sweetest consolation and joy to her heart”.
“A long-standing and powerful figure has disappeared from the field of Female Education, not only of South Canara and Malabar but also of the Madras Presidency...”
It is only fitting to record lovingly and gratefully the memory of her who left behind many a living monument in the mothers and maidens of a Catholic Canara and Malabar, besides the large band of teachers of the four convents and others scattered over the Madras Presidency.
She was indeed the Valiant Woman – a Woman of Faith for the Apostolic Carmel who walked with God and started the Apostolic Carmel journey in India.
Says Sr. Carol her Biographer, “Without her dedication, hard work and acceptance of the Cross, there would be NO APOSTOLIC CARMEL.”
Mother M. Aloysia (1909 to 1928)
The mighty Banyan tree had fallen, but it was not like Mother Marie des Anges to neglect to prepare for what the future must inevitably bring. There arose another powerful leader to take her place - Mother Aloysia of the Sacred Heart, who she herself trained. Sister Aloysia would level the ground and lay out the garden of the Apostolic Carmel and many others would help to arrange the designs.
At the First Canonical General Chapter held in the year 1910 God’s hand was placed on Mother Aloysia, who was thrice returned as the Superior General of the Apostolic Carmel (1910-1928). With Mother Aloysia’s election to this post, the Congregation could be said to have become truly an indigenous one.
In the years that followed, Mother Aloysia stands out as a woman not easy to forget and whose stamp upon the Apostolic Carmel is there for us to feel in every sphere of life – she was truly a Woman to Remember. SOLUS DEUS SUFFICETH - ‘God Alone Suffices’ the motto of the Apostolic Carmel, in faith she allowed it to be the guiding principle of her life and that of every A.C. Sister. It was this strong faith and trust in Divine Providence and in the Mother of Carmel that supported her in all her arduous undertakings. Mother Aloysia’s monumental work and activities were to guarantee to young women a COMPLETE RELIGIOUS SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FORMATION. On this principle she built her educational policy – which is her legacy...
“Sisters, awaken your intellects, rise in the educational field and set yourselves bravely to raise the standard of your efficiency.” It was always her counsel to Sisters and Teachers: “Pray much, pray always and pray with confidence and the goodness of God will be manifested in you teachers.
Teaching with us is no lucrative hobby but the very essence of our Constitutions.”
Pressing requests for schools – the need of the times she answered.
1918 - St. Cecily’s, Udupi
1919 - Stella Maris, Ullal
1921 - Ladyhill Convent, Urwa
And the sheltering arm of the Apostolic Carmel stretched into Kerala, Ahmedabad and a
First Grade College at Bendore.
The Sodality of our Lady, the Monthly day of recollection, the Annual retreat for girls, May devotions were all introduced by her
Once again the Master called:
“GO OUT TO THE LAND I WILL SHOW YOU”
ACROSS THE HIGH SEAS JOURNEY NOW
TO THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF CEYLON
There were two events that were landmarks in the growth of the Apostolic Carmel and both owed much to Mother Aloysia’s spadework and labour.
In 1926 – the convent joy bells pealed forth to announce – that The Constitutions of the Congregation had received Papal approval. Not only did the Decree come from the Vatican Pope Pius XI – the very name ‘Apostolic’ was approved.
The Bishop said on this occasion “Today it is in the capacity of delegate of the Pope that I come to you... Your Institute has been raised from a Diocesan Congregation to a Papal one.”
This ensured unity of life and spirit wherever the Institute spread.
The second event that goes past the Golden and Diamond Jubilee of the Apostolic Carmel was the bestowing in 1928 of the Kaiser-I-Hind medal Class 1, for public services in Women’s Education by the British Government.
Indeed a WOMAN TO REMEMBER
An enduring faith in the Lord’s ways
A deep loyalty and service to the Congregation and a dedication to the great work of Education is the rich legacy she left us. She thus stands out as a WOMAN we shall always REMEMBER.
The Apostolic Carmel journeys on – the CALL is a repeat experience, it comes over and over again and God through the years raised His own valiant women of Vision, Courage, Self-sacrifice and Faith to answer His CALL to make theAPOSTOLIC CARMEL A BLESSING.
Mother M. Josephine (1928 to 1934, 1935 to 1947)
In Mother Josephine God chose one whose very features suggested strength, discipline, obedience, self-denial, love... There was a serenity and firm determination in her face, which was the outward expression of a rock-ribbed devotion to duty, deep faith and trust in God. She would lead the Congregation to answer God’s CALL to fight poverty and illiteracy.
The journey was a detour into villages Coondapur and Kemmannu, then Goa, Kerala and again Ceylon and Poona. Two great centres of learning were opened – Patna Women’s College and St. Ann’s Teacher Training College.
“And my novices... they need to drink in the beauty of nature, dance and sing and make a joyful noise to the Lord...” Jesus went up to the mountain to pray – and so rose Maryhill, and the road to Maryhill winds uphill all the way.
Her message to the sisters was a clarion call: loved sisters make Prayer the foundation and strength of your life. The weak, the poor, the forgotten, the neglected in home and school must be your first concern. “Remember dear sisters, they are the chosen ones of the Lord.” The Great Blessing – a promise fulfilled...
I WILL MAKE YOU A GREAT NATION
I WILL BLESS YOUR NAME AND MAKE YOU A BLESSING
IN YOU ALL THE FAMILIES OF MANY
WILL BE BLESSED.
Mother M. Annunciata (1934 to 1935)
The journey continues – the CALL is raised again and again... At the 5th General Chapter God showed His greatness, His power and might – Mother Annunciata of the Divine Heart was elected – known as the “Woman of the gentle touch”. Mother Aloysia, that great lover of souls, saw beneath the weak exterior of Mary Coelho, a stalwart in Virtue and Wisdom and exclaimed “were Mary to live but a year in the Institute, I would not regret having received her”
The Valiant Woman called to lead the Apostolic Carmel as its Superior General bowed down before God’s will, and in humility and in anguished acceptance exclaimed: “I cannot work for the Institute; but I can die for the Institute.”
Twenty months of the journey run, the call came, not to continue the Journey but to accept the sacrifice she made of her life on the day of her election: ‘I can die for my Institute’. A gentle call to a gentle woman and that was the “Home Coming” of the dearest of mothers. The Master decreed the Land of Lanka to be the soil on which the dearest of A.C. Mothers would rest. Her dying words
“The dawn of the Eternal Day
The dawn of the Eternal Day
Mother, the dawn of the Eternal Day”
The message went out to the A.C. world and on the notice board there was just one heart rending line: “OUR STAR HAS SET.”
YES, but she will ever remain the Guiding Star of the Institute.
Her message while the Apostolic Carmel journeys on was “My beloved Sisters, all your work, your aims, your desires must be impelled, pushed forward, tested and crowned with success because they have but one criterion: God’s honour and glory alone. Never yield to worldliness and laxity under any disguise.
My message to you dear sisters is still the same:
“Our Convents are God’s choice gardens. Jesus must not be disappointed when He comes round daily to gather flowers from it; especially of humility and charity. First be good religious and then good teachers and professors. My very dear sisters do God’s work in God’s way.”
Mother M. Sylvia (1947 to 1959)
THE JOURNEY OF THE APOSTOLIC CARMEL NOW WINDS HOMEWARD..
In December 1947, God chose a woman frail in body but strong in intellect. Stunned and afraid to say YES to God’s choice, like Mary, her humility quailed before that office of responsibility - but “fear not” the Master said, “My hand, not yours is on the Pilot’s wheel” – the assurance given, Mother Sylvia traversed ground the A.C. had not tread on before. The Master pointed to her the unbeaten path and she obeyed. Twelve years of toil, struggle, journeys, interviews, discussions and Formation.
The CALL came from North, West and North East India. All links in the unfinished chain: In Kerala a First Grade College.
A Romeward journey. The first A.C. General to receive the blessing of the Supreme Pontiff. “Sisters must rise High in the Educational field.” And so she sent them out afield. Three sisters to Belgium – to the University of Louvain, three to England to the London School of Economics and the British Universities, one more joined as a British Council Scholar and two to the United States.
‘I WILL MAKE YOU A GREAT NATION’
Her message to the Apostolic Carmel was like her last will and testament!
“Thank God, my dear Sisters, for planting the Apostolic Carmel besides still waters, thank God for the green foliage of your praise. Thank God for the fragrant flowers of your virginal consecration and the ripe fruit of humble praise...”
“I WILL MAKE YOU A BLESSING.”
The journey once begun continues as they take their place – one leader after the other at the Pilot’s Wheel
Mother M. Theodosia (1959 to 1972)
Providence singled out yet another woman to remember –
Mother Theodosia, to lead the Apostolic Carmel to greener pastures.
Mother Theodosia was the first A.C. to be called as Auditress to Vatican II. As the first President of the CRI she opened Mater Dei as a Formation House for Sisters. Young Juniors were sent to the United States. Many sisters were sent to distant lands for studies – United States, Rome, Belgium and Canada. In tens and twenties, did we see sisters pulled out from all corners of the A.C. world and sent for Higher Education. She opened a centre for Higher learning – Carmel College, Goa.
The loveless poor she never forgot... for them a Technical School she opened and for the benighted souls of God - the Differently Abled Children – A Special School.
Into the Arabian Gulf she plunged.
“Why to this wealthy land should A.C.s go – it is not a mission land”. Her answer was clear – “Sisters will teach not wealthy Kuwaitees but the children of their employees. Education is a great Apostolate Sisters – in this period of the world’s history, women as Wives and Mothers hold the destinies of the nations in their hands – we want good Christian Mothers.”
Mother Theodosia crossed the Gulf. Her answer was always clear – “No risk is too great for God’s glory.”
To great heights she led the Apostolic Carmel, her clarion call as always was, EXCELSIOR!
The journey continues...
God willed to make the Apostolic Carmel
A GREAT BLESSING...
AND IN HER HE BLESSED
THE FAMILIES OF GENERATIONS OF YOUNG WOMEN
WHO WOULD PASS THROUGH
THE PORTALS OF OUR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES.
Mother M. Carmelita (1972 to 1984)
Carmel’s Queen now makes her choice and gently places her mantle on her worthy and loved daughter Mother Carmelita to lead the Congregation.
The lover of Carmel’s Queen had much to consider – Vatican II had brought in many changes, the Apostolic Carmel had made big strides in Education and had entered the Medical, Nursing and Social fields. ‘Sign Posts’, she said, must be planted all along the way of our Journey towards the Promised Land. If not, the very raison d’être of our existence for the Church and in the Church will be lost. The first to appear was the A.C. Prayer House ‘Maria Kripa’ at Maryhill – it would be the A.C. Oasis for A.C. Sisters thirsting for the Lord.
The Apostolic Carmel had spread far and wide. If the branches must survive the onslaught of wormwood and decay – we must have PROVINCES and lo and behold – lines of division were drawn and Provinces formed and promulgated.
The Heads of all our Institutions must have the right orientation and Spiritual Direction. Prayer must seep through their lives – we must be soaked in prayer so we can radiate Christ. Their dealings with staff, students and the public must be cordial and warm. Arrogance must have no place in our A.C. Institutions. Sisters must conduct assemblies efficiently and public speaking must come naturally to Educationists. Our Schools and Colleges must stand out as Centres of Learning – to achieve this end, several seminars were held. Her aim was to consolidate and lay a deep Carmelite and Apostolic Foundation for the Congregation.
A.C. Educationists must be hailed as good religious teachers, they must be masterful and scholarly in whatever they undertake; gracious in their manners.
“Know your roots, know how and why the Congregation was started – Sisters make a deep study of Carmelite Spirituality” - The Carmelite Spirituality Centre was started.
The CALL to journey to Ishmael’s people, also the descendants of Abraham, was answered and the Apostolic Carmel entered Pakistan – Brave woman, she took the detour and entered through Sri Lanka.
I WILL BLESS YOU
AND MAKE YOU A BLESSING.
Sister Mariella (1984 to 1996)
The recording Angel thus continues to record the DEEDS of THE COVENANT struck with Mother Veronica throughout the journey of the Apostolic Carmel – until the consummation of time...
Sr. Mariella the Master called...
Do you love Me more than these ... yes, I do
Where you lead me... I WILL GO..
My crook then I place in your hand.
Use me dear Master to spread your love and the fragrance of Carmel.
Our Junior Sisters will face the heat of the day – they are the pillars of the Institute – Formation must take a different shape and SARANYA rose on Lourdes grounds.
What mansions are you building? She was asked. “For the Lord” she replied, “His lambs, I promised to tend with care, for the heat of the day they must bear.”
The Apostolic Carmel will journey forward in the third millennium – Our Tertians must be spared for a longer period of training. They need time to contemplate the mystery of the Cross.
Each Province must have its own Novitiate – Sisters were sent for training to Rome, to Israel and Nava Kanthi course was started.
From Rome, Canada and Africa came insistent and persistent calls. She had said Yes to Him – and fast came the reply HERE I AM LORD.
The CALL was to leave homeland, cross the high seas and go to the ancient continent of Africa.
No A.C. had ever set foot on this continent. Fear lurked and loomed large ... Will the Apostolic Carmel make the journey? Would our loved sisters make the adjustments demanded of them in a foreign country? on alien soil?
None of our number have worked in a foreign mission field, nor faced anything like this before. The Lord of History had blown the traditional African horn. The ‘Yes’ came spontaneously, for His promise was there ...
This was enough assurance to continue the journey. My Sisters will go ... It was God’s call and God’s sustaining and empowering presence was theirs to draw upon. The Apostolic Carmel Sisters reached Kenyan shores on October 31st, 1991.
The fulfilment of the unconditional “I WILL” PROMISES TO MOTHER VERONICA:
The Apostolic Carmel has become A CARMEL FOR THE MISSIONS.
SISTER M. VINCENT A.C. (1996 to 2008)
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES...
Who are you she gently asked.
I AM WHO I AM
RISE, CLASP MY HAND AND COME...
COME VINCENT, COME WITH ME
YOU WILL CONTINUE THE HISTORIC JOURNEY OF THE APOSTOLIC CARMEL AND LEAD MY FLOCK TO THE THIRD MILLENNIUM.
Sister Vincent answered the CALL and prepared the Apostolic Carmel to journey in the Spirit towards the NEW EVANGELIZATION.
• Improved and enriched the quality of A.C. Education Mission by introducing Value Education – Joyful Living Series in our schools prepared by an expert committee.
• Introduced Carmel Treasures Retreats for students and New Horizon Retreat for staff.
• As clarion call of the Pope she led the Congregation to share the A.C. Spirituality with lay Associates naming them Apostolic Carmel Associates and started the Junior Wing in schools calling them Carmel Blossoms.
• Provided Seminars and exposure programmes for Sisters in Higher Education, to introduce Autonomy in our Five Colleges...
• Gave focus to our A.C. Spirituality and Charism by providing helps to grow in the knowledge and spirituality of Mother Veronica through rich literature as well as Retreat by training the General administration and a group of Sisters across the Provinces in conducting retreats on the life and Spirituality of Mother Veronica.
• Mother Veronica’s Autobiography and 2 Volumes of her Life in Letters were edited and published by the Generalate.
• Devotion to Mother Veronica was propagated. Process of the Cause of Mother Veronica’s Canonization was initiated in 1996 and Sr. Liceria was sent to Rome to qualify to work for the cause as Postulator.
• Bond with the CCR was strengthened by the first move made on July 16, 1996 when the two Congregations met at the Generalate as a gesture of love and friendship. This continued when the 2 Congregations attended the formal official programmes held to introduce the cause of Mother Veronica in Bangalore in October 1997. Mother Veronica’s death Centenary was celebrated jointly (A.C. and CCR) in Calicut.
• History of the A.C. Congregation was enriched with extensive well planned volumes of literature produced under AC Symphony.
• Introduced A.C. Footprints covering the biographies of our Deceased Sisters since the Foundation in 1870 onwards.
• The Kenyan Mission raised to the status of Formation and a Novitiate was canonically raised in Nairobi - Kenya, called ‘CARMELVALE’
• Introduced Ruby Jubilee celebration by taking the Jubilarians to Sri Lanka
• Arranged for the Provincial Superiors’ visit to our convents in Kuwait, Bahrain and Kenya.
• Initiated the preparation of Congregational 10-day Retreat by a group of Sisters plus the Generalate Administration and under the title “The Apostolic Carmel Spiritual Journey” – a ten day Retreat and the whole Congregation went through the experience.
This message she sent out to the Congregation: “Life is a journey – and we are continuing the historic journey of our Loved Foundress Mother Veronica.
Ours must be - a faith journey, and therefore –
CONDITIONS FOR THE JOURNEY – constantly leave behind the familiar world of security of power, of possessions, of pleasure and make visible the love of God as ALL SUFFICING.
COMPANIONSHIP FOR THE JOURNEY – The Spirit of God who guides and directs.
EXPECTATIONS AND VISION OF OUR JOURNEY – The Spirit of God who guides and directs.
EXPECTATIONS AND VISION OF OUR JOURNEY:
• Assimilation of our Charism
• Realize that Education is an essential dimension of the Church’s Mission and use it as a means of Witnessing to the values of the Kingdom”
THE HISTORIC JOURNEY GOES FORWARD AND
BLESSINGS RICH GOD BESTOWED
SISTER AGATHA MARY A.C. (2008 to 2014)
THE LINK CONTINUES...
At the 18th General Chapter God placed His hand on Sr. AGATHA MARY – a gentle woman said YES LORD, I WILL FOLLOW YOU.
• In 2009 April the Congregation celebrated the Death Anniversary of Mother Marie des Anges at St. Ann’s and Rosario Cathedral. On 4th December 2010 the Kenya Mission was raised to East Africa Region with Sr. Susheela as is first Regional Superior.
• Sr. Agatha Mary steadfastly laboured at deepening the Contemplative dimension of the Apostolic Carmel by providing experience in contemplative prayer for all through retreats and seminars on the topic.
• Promoted activities under Ecology and greening the earth by planting trees
• Promotion of Natural Energy, Biogas, Gobar gas and Rain Water harvesting
• Raised new building for Preparatory School and for P.U. College on the Generalate premises
• Worked with the Betharram Fathers to have a foundation at Pau where our Foundress Mother Veronica lived and died... ‘Carmel Apostolique’ was started.
And now we see how the CALL comes once again to return to Bayonne the cradle of the Apostolic Carmel.
What a singular privilege... God ordains Love’s journey to
Complete Bayonne to India
To Sri Lanka, Kuwait and Pakistan
To Rome the Eternal City
To Kenya the African Continent
To Bayonne France
Back home at last.
SISTER M. SUSHEELA A.C. (2014 - 2020)
A hundred and forty four years of the Apostolic Carmel’s Journey have now passed and the CALL comes once again – the LORD OF EARTH SEA AND SKY BLEW THE AFRICAN HORN and gently asked Sr. Susheela the Regional Superior of the East Africa Region to follow Him –
‘Will You’ He asked and the answer came after the Lord looked at her and said
‘BE NOT AFRAID FOLLOW ME’
BEWARE, BEWARE, BEWARE
STRONG WINDS OF CHANGE ARE BLOWING
DO NOT LET WORLDLINESS ENTER IN – POWER, FAME, NAME, COMFORT, EASE, PLEASURE, MONEY, GAIN –
THE TEMPEST IS RAGING – BEWARE
LEAD MY FLOCK TO GREEN PASTURES –
COOLING SPRINGS OF MY LOVE AND GRACE.
RENEWAL – CONSECRATION – HOLIFICATION OF MY OWN –
WHO HAVE FOLLOWED ME.
YOU WILL LEAD MY FLOCK AND ENTER THE SESQUICENTENNIAL YEAR
OF THE APOSTOLIC CARMEL JOURNEY TO THE PROMISED LAND
This chosen one of God was:
Congregation-oriented and at the same time
Person-oriented in her dealings and relationships
People-friendly, mingling with all.
• Started a Community College at the Generalate – to create opportunities for the ordinary strata of society – job opportunities through linkages with industries.
• Was privileged to celebrate the Congregational Sesquicentennial events of our Foundation both at Bangalore and Pau.
• In May 2018 at Bangalore where a 150 A.C. Sisters across the Provinces and 100 CCRs attended.
• In July 2018 it was at Pau, and it was combined with a visit to Lisieux, Fatima and Rome.
• To mark the Sesquicentennial Celebration, the Congregation raised 150 homes for those in dire need of the same
• The Generalate raised 21 apartments titled ‘Mother Veronica Niwas’ at Maryhill.
• The Apostolic Carmel Charism Retreat was prepared with inputs by Fr. Augustine Mulloor OCD and accompaniment by Sr. Vincent - A lasting tribute to this great woman is that she supported Provinces that were in need financially in a big way.
COVID-19 pandemic struck soon after the General Chapter 2020 stopping all movement across the world.
Our Superior General elect was held up in the Lock-down.
Sr. Susheela perseveringly held fort with faith, courage and prayer along with her team and graciously handed over the LORD’S CROOK to Sister Maria Nirmalini on July 20, 2020 to move into the Sesquicentennial Year of our Foundation in India.
THE JOURNEY OF THE APOSTOLIC CARMEL MOVES ON..
SISTER MARIA NIRMALINI A.C. (2020 - )
On the 23rd of February 2020 at the 20th General Chapter
Held in the SESQUICENTENNIAL YEAR
His hand was placed on Sr. Maria Nirmalini.
I made my Covenant with Mother Veronica
I gave growth to her seed
Mother Marie Des Anges I chose
To journey to the promised land – India
And see the dawn of the Year of Grace: 1900
She with her daughters 83 crossed over to the 20th Century.
I am God almighty
I will renew my Covenant with you
You will continue the Apostolic Carmel Journey
And lead my flock during these troubled times
You will go through the Waters deep
But you will not sink
This promise I make to you
No one walks along the path
Marked and traced by Me
Bereft unaided all alone
‘At this time’ as now
When paths are trackless
When paths are pathless
Remember, my chosen one
I will bear you in my arms
And safe against my faithful heart
I will carry you thro’ the COVID times
We will journey with you dear Sister
As you unfold for us God’s will
To strike deep roots
Be rooted in love &
Have an authentic identity
To focus on our prayer life – as Love abides
Live our Community life – as Love shares
Reach out prophetically – as Love Nurtures
Share our resources with the poor – as Love overflows
Into your hands, outstretched to Heaven
For help to bear the burden of the Lord
We place our own
To be held in Love
To be sustained with prayer
And cherished as your own
Close on your footsteps
Along the road
That winds ever upward
To the Lord
We plant our own
To be lifted and led
Close to the Lord as Thine own.
In Love, Loyalty and Obedience thine own
United and deeply rooted in Love