PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS
in order of appearance
Sister Michael Crimmins, OCD
Sister Michael Crimmins, OCD, of the Danvers, Massachusetts Carmelite Monastery, represented the Carmelite Nuns of North America at the last General Chapter of the Discalced Carmelite Friars in Fatima, Portugal, after which she visited the Carmel of Lisieux to her great joy. She is delighted to be participating on the Nuns' panel, "Who are the Daughters and Sisters of St. Teresa Today?"
Sister Mary Clare Trolley, OCD
A convert to Catholicism, Sr. Mary Clare was drawn to Carmel through her reading of St. Teresa's Way of Perfection. She is currently the Prioress of the Carmel of Terre Haute, Indiana, and coordinator of Mary, Queen of Carmel Association. She came to the United States in 1994 following the closure of her Carmel in Chichester, England.
Sister Marjorie Robinson, OCD
Sister Marjorie is a member of the Carmel of the Incarnation in the Archdiocese of New York. Her Carmel is located in the beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley in Beacon, New York. Sister Marjorie has served the Carmelite Communities Associated (CCA), one of the U.S. associations of nuns, in various capacities and has represented CCA at Federation gatherings in Germany and Mexico. At present she is prioress of her community in Beacon.
Sister Teresita Flynn, OCD
Sister Teresita Flynn, OCD, is currently serving as Prioress of the Carmelite Monastery in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, as well as on the council of the St. Teresa Association. To her great joy, Sr. Teresita and her parents celebrated a double Jubilee in 2011: her Golden Jubilee as a Carmelite and her parents' 70th wedding anniversary.
Sister Claire Sokol, OCD
Prioress at the Carmel of Reno, and one of the moving forces behind our celebration, Sister Claire is also the composer of Thérèse's Canticle of Love. She will present original choral music composed especially for this fifth centenary of St. Teresa's birth. In addition, with some of her sisters from other Carmels, she will help us answer the question, "Who are the Daughters and Sisters of St. Teresa Today?"
Sister Christine Morel, OCD, President, Fédération Thérèse-Elizabeth de France-Nord
Sister Christine Morel, OCD, of the Le Havre Carmel in France, is President of the Northern French Federation which (among 38 other monasteries) includes the Carmels of Lisieux, Dijon and Compiègne. With the nuns in her federation, Sr. Christine is involved in seeking contemporary ways of living a contemplative life of prayer in community. She will share with us the experience of “St Teresa’s prayer as an adventure!”
World-renowned mezzo-soprano, Dolora will be featured in works by César Frank and Gabriel Fauré. Inspired by the mystical writings of St. Teresa, Dolora has composed a short opera in her honor entitled The Road to Zion. The world premier of this opera will be presented in Carnegie Hall in 2014. This performance will be its World Premier. "A mezzo in a class by herself," Dolora has performed such roles as Azucena in Il Trovatore, Amneris in Aida, and Eboli in Don Carlo on the world's greatest stages. In addition to her live performances, Dolora is also known as a recording artist, with ten CDs and six DVDs to her credit. In addition, she is the founder and general director of the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. She has received numerous awards in the course of her extraordinary operatic career. Her donation of this performance reveals her generosity and deep love for God.
The last student of master harpist Carlos Salzedo, Heidi Lehwalder, harpist, began her career at the age of nine. She has performed with more than 65 orchestras throughout the United States and Canada, with almost as many appearances as soloist with the Seattle Symphony. She has performed many times with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 1972 to the present. She has toured extensively, inspired numerous harp concerti, taught harp from 2003 - 2011 at two universities, and has given master classes throughout the United States. Leonard Bernstein is quoted as saying, "The main thing to tell you about Heidi is that she is simply a genius." We are honored to present her performance.
Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Western Province
Our friars are at the heart of the Discalced Carmelite family. Fr. James Geoghegan, OCD, Fr. Phillip Sullivan, OCD, and Fr. Robert Barcelos, OCD, will open the door to friendship with St. Teresa and with God Himself through their own love of art. We have only to walk through the door.
Father James Geoghegan, OCD
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Father James was ordained a Discalced Carmelite priest there and has been in the United States for over 50 years. He has been involved in various ministries in California, Arizona, Washington and Oregon. For years he was the editor of Carmelite Digest. He is a gifted writer and photographer. Until the provincial chapter, he was Prior of the Novitiate in San José, California, and a member of the Provincial Council.
Father Robert Elias Barcelos, OCD
Father Robert Elias is a Discalced Carmelite friar of the California-Arizona Province. Growing up, Robert says he was quite ignorant of Christ and lukewarm in his Catholic faith. As a teenager he became heavily involved in graffiti art and as a young artist in college, despite having grown cold toward "organized religion," found himself considerably struck by great works of art which captured the mystical richness of Christ in the Church. These masterpieces were the painting of the Spanish artist Zurburan in his depiction of the ecstacy of St. Francis, and Bernini's sculpture of St. Teresa's "Transverberation." These were seeds which would eventually lead to an openness to God and the discovery of his calling to become a Carmelite. What drew him most to Carmel was the spiritual depth of its saints as is depicted in the life and work of St. Teresa of Jesus. He entered the monastery in 1999, solemnly consecrated himself to God for life in 2006; and in 2008 was ordained a priest.
Father Philip Sullivan, OCD
Father Philip entered the California-Arizona Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars in 1998 and made his first Profession of Vows in 2000, taking the religious name, Fr. Philip of Our Lady of Guadalupe. After seven years of study at Mount Angel Seminary, earning a Bachelor Degree and Master of Divinity, Father Philip was ordained in 2007. He has served the Province as Associate Pastor of Santa Cruz Church and Pastor of St. Margaret Mary Church, Tucson, Arizona, before being assigned as Pastor and Superior at St. Therese Church in 2011. Father Philip also serves the Province, at present, as a member of the Provincial Council. A well known fact about Father Philip is that he has a great sense of humor. A little known fact about Father Philip is that he is an accomplished iconographer and character artist.
Sister Regina Marie, OCD, Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart
Sister Regina Marie was raised in Los Angeles where she entered Carmel in 1972. She is known for her tireless commitment to bring Jesus Christ to those with whom she works and serves. She has done this as Vicar General, Superior General, and Directress of Novices for her active congregation of sisters, sought-after speaker, and above all, as a teacher and friend. She will speak about the humanity of St. Teresa in "And St. Teresa Danced!"
St. Teresa of Jesus
Our most august presenter and guest of honor, St. Teresa will probably not be making an appearance in the flesh, but will make her presentations through each of the other speakers and performers at our celebration. In fact, she will be communicating through each of our guests as well. Listen carefully! What she has to say will change your life, filling you with joy and that determined determination that characterizes her sons and daughters.