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16 March 2024

Argentina: 125th Anniversary of arrival of Discalced Carmelites

“In 1899, the Discalced Carmelites came to make a foundation in Argentina. Fr. Fernando of the Immaculate, Provincial f Castile, sent three of his religious: Frs. Agapito of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Eulogio of St. Teresa and Justo of the Virgin of Carmel. They disembarked in Buenos Aires 10 February 1899.

From the port we went to our Nuns’ Monastery of St. Joseph. The Sisters welcomed us with bells ringing and with their Church doors open for us. On entering the choir, Fr. Agapito intoned the Te Deum, accompanied by the Nuns with great solemnity and the church organ music.

For all of this, we thank the Lord and praise Him for His infinite mercies. May the Queen of Carmel continue to protect her sons, so that her promise that her Order would remain until the end of the world might be fulfilled. May our Blessed Mother (Teresa) who, like a Divine Cavaliere, never hesitated when it was a matter of installing a new tabernacle, have her sons continue to build tabernacles in the entire Argentine Republic, so that the sons of the Virgin may find a home in its numerous provinces and territories. May great missionaries arise from its youth who will carry the faith to the most remote corners of this Land of Fire.”

 History notes on the arrival of our first Fathers in the Argentine Republic