13 Twins' 150th Birthday - Sr. M. Conradine, C.C.R

posted Nov 6, 2018, 8:17 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 6, 2018, 8:17 AM ]
"Readily and wholeheartedly, I shall go and work in India, dedicate myself, even give my life, if our Lord gave me this signal grace." (A Life in Letters - Mother Mary Veronica of the Passion, pg. 317)

This was the spiritual force which brought forth the birth of Twin Sisters – C.C.R. and A.C. – Congregation of the Carmelite Religious and Apostolic Carmel as the Third Order Apostolic of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This year is for us 'The Year of Praise and Gratitude to God,' since the little seed of the Third Order of Carmelites, sown in the heart of our Foundress, Mother Mary Veronica, completes 150 Years (Sesquicentennial Year). It has now grown into a mighty tree, spreading its branches far and wide in India, Italy, Kenya, U.S. and Germany.

Who is Mother Veronica?

Mother Mary Veronica, nee Sophie Leeves, was born of Anglican parents, on October 1, 1823 in Constantinople. She never attended any school, but had tutors at home with regular hours of study. She was well trained by her father in virtues of humility and obedience, which contributed to what Sophie would become in the years ahead.

One Easter Tuesday, while Sophie was in bed, she heard a voice in her ears, "My Peace I leave you; My Peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you."

This was the first call which she heard, not only with her ears, but with the ears of her soul. It seemed she had received a personal message from the Risen Lord. As time passed, Sophie got engaged and was to be married after two years. In between, she was getting closer to the Catholic Church. Until then, she was eagerly looking forward to her marriage, but suddenly, she felt that Jesus had taken possession of her heart. The mysterious part of this call is the fact that it came when Sophie was a Protestant. God had chosen her, and her response was 'YES'. Her acquaintance with a Catholic lady, Madam Demech (a social worker) brought her to the Eucharistic Presence of Jesus, which attracted her to enter the Catholic Church with her sister, Mary Ann, though it was against the wish of her mother.