Carmelites of the Iberian Province celebrated the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Parish of St. Dominic Guzman in Santa Cruz, Tenerife (the Canary Islands), on Sunday 21 November. Monsignor Bernardo Alvarez Alfonso presided at the Mass for the Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe. The Provincial Council was able to make use of the occasion to hold its ordinary Council meeting at the same time in our convent at Santa Cruz. This allowed the Council Members to share in the special festivities.
It was a joyous occasion for everybody. It was a day to recall the past, to celebrate the present and look forward to the future with confidence. A small model of the parish locales, illuminated and designed in the smallest detail, was placed under the altar of the parish church. A plaque simply read: “Thank You”. It is a thanksgiving that every individual makes to God, to His Son (King of the Universe), while abandoning themselves in the hands of the Spirit. May these words of St. Teresa of Jesus be the true spirit that guides our church of St. Dominic on the waters of this life: “Now we are beginning. Let us strive to advance always from good to better” (Foundations 29,32).