Past Events

June 24, 2023

MINI-RETREAT – (Register at the bottom of the page)

A Day with the Carmelites: Come, Learn, Pray

Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Optional Mass at 8:00 a.m. in the Church.
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at 9 a.m.
Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Old Hall
505 W. Granger Ave. Modesto, CA 95350

Patron Saint for the Day: St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, OCD
“Let yourself be loved.” ~ St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

Theme: Lectio Divina and Contemplation
This mini-retreat includes teachings on Lectio Divina and contemplation, time for prayer, and fellowship. (Lectio Divina is a traditional monastic practice of scriptural reading, meditation, and prayer.)

Guest Speaker: Fr. Matthias of the Immaculate Heart, OCD
 from St. Joseph’s Carmelite Monastery, San Jose

Lunch is provided.

Free will offering at the event.

Sponsored by the Modesto Community of Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

Must be over 15 years of age to attend. No childcare available.

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July 2019

MINI-RETREAT – (Register at the bottom of the page)

A Day with the Carmelites: Come, Learn, Pray

Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Optional Mass at 8:00 a.m. in the Church.
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. (coffee and muffins available).
Presentation begins at 9 a.m.
Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Old Hall
505 W. Granger Ave. Modesto, CA 95350

Patron Saint for the Day: St. John of the Cross
“Where there is no love, put love — and you will find love.” ~ St. John of the Cross

Theme: Lectio Divina and Contemplation
This mini-retreat includes teachings on Lectio Divina and contemplation, time for prayer, and fellowship. (Lectio Divina is a traditional monastic practice of scriptural reading, meditation, and prayer.)

Guest Speakers are Brother Dustin Vu, OCD and Brother John Mark Charlesworth, OCD from St. Joseph’s Carmelite Monastery, San Jose. Brother John Mark comes to the Carmelite Order after serving 20 years in the Norbertine Order and has an interesting story. He brings a good amount of spiritual experience. Brother Dustin is young and knowledgeable.

Lunch is provided.
(Lunch will be a sandwich, chips, and fruit, cookie and water. This year we will add about 20 vegan sandwiches.)

Free will offering at the event.

Sponsored by the Modesto Community of Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

Must be over 15 years of age to attend. No childcare available.

Pre-registration required by July 7, 2019.

For more information email ModestoSecularCarmelites@gmail.com
or call (209) 639-8975.

To download a flyer click here.

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June 2018:

A Day with the Carmelites: Come and Pray

Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Optional Mass at 8:00 a.m. in the Church.
(Check-in begins at 8:30 and presentation begins at 9 a.m.)
Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Old Hall
505 W. Granger Ave. Modesto, CA 95350

This mini-retreat includes teaching and practice of prayer (focusing on Lectio Divina), and fellowship.

Lunch is provided.
(Lunch will be a croissant sandwich, chips, and fruit cup.)

Guest speaker: Fr. Matthew Williams, O.C.D.
Fr. Matthew Williams, O.C.D., is a Discalced Carmelite priest who was born in Sacramento, CA, and grew up in San Diego, CA.  He entered the Carmelites in 1982 and studied for the priesthood at the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology in Berkeley, CA. Ordained to the Priesthood in 1990, Fr. Matthew’s priestly ministry has included being a retreat director, pastor, Superior, and holding several administrative positions. Fr. Matthew is currently at the Oakville House of Prayer.

Free will offering at the event.

Sponsored by the Modesto Community of Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

Must be over 15 years of age to attend. No childcare available.

Pre-registration required by June 10th, 2018 either online OR by mail. To register online use the form below:

(The event was in 2018.)

OR to register by mail download the flyer (click here) and mail in the registration slip by June 10, 2018.

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“Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us.” ~ St. Teresa of Avila