St. Teresa of Jesus and John of the Cross Community

St. Therese House of Prayer, Carmel of the Holy Spirit, Subic, Zambales

OCDS-Subic 2012

Members of the St. Teresa of Jesus and John of the Cross Community.

Thursday, January 31, 2013


Vatican City, 28 January 2013 (VIS) – Benedict XVI will grant Plenary Indulgence to the faithful participating in the 21st World Day of the Sick to be celebrated 7–11 February, in Altotting, Germany according to a decree published today and signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro and Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, respectively penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary.

Persons following the example of the Good Samaritan, who "with a spirit of faith and a merciful soul, put themselves at the service of their brothers and sisters who are suffering or who, if sick, endure the pains and hardships of life … bearing witness to the faith through the path of the Gospel of suffering" will obtain the Plenary Indulgence, once a day and under the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Holy Father), applicable also to the souls of deceased faithful:

A) each time from 7–11 February, in the Marian Shrine of Altotting or at any other place decided by the ecclesiastical authorities, that they participate in a ceremony held to beseech God to grant the goals of the World Day of the Sick, praying the Our Father, the Creed, and an invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Faithful in public hospitals or any private house who, like the Good Samaritan, charitably assist the ill and who, because of such service, cannot attend the aforementioned celebrations, will obtain the same gift of Plenary Indulgence if, for at least a few hours on that day, they generously provide their charitable assistance to the sick as if they were tending to Christ the Lord Himself and pray the Our Father, the Creed, and an invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, with their soul removed from attachment to any form of sin and with the intention of carrying out as soon as possible that which is necessary to obtain the plenary indulgence.

The faithful who because of illness, advance age, or other similar reasons cannot take part in the aforementioned celebrations will obtain the Plenary Indulgence if, with their soul removed from attachment to any form of sin and with the intention of carrying out as soon as possible the usual conditions, spiritually participating in the sacred events of the determined days, particularly through liturgical celebrations and the Supreme Pontiff's message broadcast by television or radio, they pray for all the sick and offer their physical and spiritual suffering to God through the Virgin Mary, 'Salus Infirmorum' (Health of the Sick).

B) Partial Indulgence will be conceded to all the faithful who, between the indicated days, with a contrite heart raise devout prayers to the merciful Lord beseeching assistance for the sick in spirit during this Year of Faith.


Vatican Information Service (VIS)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

First OCDS-Subic Regular Monthly Meeting Held

        The St. Teresa of Jesus and John  of the Cross Community held its first Regular Monthly Meeting for CY 2013, last January 13, 2013.

      The newly elected council members, through its newly elected President, Elsa R. Pineda, OCDS, have informed the community of its recently held consultation meetings, with the community Treasurer giving her yearly report to the community.  

      Asside from this, the community was also informed of the Councils decision for a postulation of Sis.  Carolina Ensico, OCDS, so that she can continue to be the Community's Director of Formation, in the absence of able / capable replacement, since most of the Definitive Promise members are either sick or have reached the age of seniority.

        Regular formation was conducted after the meeting with the Council which was followed by a visitation to Sor Mary Renee Josol, OCD, who was celebrating her 47th Perpetual profession.

OCDS-Subic Visits Sor Mary Renee, OCD

     The St. Teresa of Jesus and John of the Cross Community Visited Sor Mary Renee Josol, OCD on her 47th Perpetual Vow Anniversary, last Sunday, January 13, 2012.

Prayer for the Eternal Repouse

Eternal rest grant to their souls, oh Lord,
and let Your perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen

  • Carmelita Yco - Who died on January 14, 2012, due to heart attack.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Our Way of LIfe

      As faithful members of the Church and as secular members of the Order of Discalced Carmelites our life will be characterized by the faithful and religious observance of the 6 Ms – Meditation, Morning and Evening Prayers, Mass, Mary, Meetings, and Mission.

       1. Meditation. We practice this daily devotion under the inspiration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel by devoting at least 30 minutes daily for the practice of mental prayer,1 and accept from the viewpoint of faith, hope and love the works and suffering of each day and observe the practices of mortification recommended by the Church especially during the seasons of Advent and Lent.

       2. Morning and Evening Prayers. We participate in the Liturgy of the Hours by praying daily the Morning and Evening Prayers, and where possible, also the Night Prayer.

     3. Mass. We endeavor to participate daily in the Eucharistic celebration.

      4. Mary. We live in imitation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, whose way of life is a model of being conformed to Christ and under her patronage as “the Mother of the Order.“

  • We strive, like Mary, to be contemplatives meditating on the law of the Lord day and night.
  • We imitate Mary, our mother, sister and model in her obedience to the Lord and as an example of apostolic service.
  • We give importance to the Order’s Marian devotion imitating Mary’s virtues, participating with the Order in Marian liturgical celebrations, and wearing faithfully the brown Scapular.

      5. Meetings. We express our commitment to the Church through our Promise, made before the members of the community and in the presence of the representative of the Superior of the Order,6 to strive for evangelical perfection in the spirit of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience and through the beatitudes.

       Our commitment implies active participation in the regular activities of the OCDS community:
  • monthly OCDS community meetings;
  • required formation classes; and
  •  where the member’s state of life permits, the community apostolate as well as community celebrations during solemnities, feasts, anniversaries, and community recreations to develop deeper fraternal relations among members.

       Three or more members of an OCDS community may meet more often for faith sharing and spiritual support provided family and job responsibilities are not neglected and the members regularly attend the monthly community meetings and required formation classes.

      6. Mission. We endeavor to live and spread the spirituality of the Teresian Carmelites whenever and wherever possible.

       The community may participate in the Apostolate of the Order concretely through:
  • lecture-series, retreats and recollections, websites, pamphlets, brochures and other printed information on Carmelite spirituality and the Saints of the Order;
  • propagation of the brown Scapular devotion;
  • celebration of the feasts of our Saints at the parish or diocesan level;
  • houses of prayer and hermitages where people experience God’s call and learn meditation;
  • prayer groups for faith sharing and spiritual support such as Small Teresian Communities (STC) 10 that are fraternal and committed to proclaiming the Gospel;
  • new foundations and/or formation of OCDS Communities; and 
  • promotion of interest in the Carmelite vocation.

- Excerpts from the OCDS Philippines Provincial Statutes

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Jaime Esposo
Del Pilar, Castillejos, Zambales

Beverly P. Jornacion
Greenhills, San Juan City, Metro Manila

Faye Alexis E. Lim
New Kalalake, Olongapo City

JeweldenB. Nervez
Baraka, Subic, Zambales

Ma. Cristina A. Valerio
Baretto, Olongapo City

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Yearly Activities

Treasurer’s Report to the Community  
First Regular Meeting of January

President's Year End Report *
 First Regular Meeting of March

Lenten Recollection
Before Holy Week

Easter Renewal of Promise  
Easter Sunday

Family Day  
Between May and June

Treasurer's Report to the Council and Evaluation of Formandee  
Second Friday of May

Community Preparation for the Feast of Mt. Carmel  
Second Friday of June,

Solemnity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel  
July 16

Community Preparation for the Feast of Sts. Therese and Teresa  
Second Friday of September

Feast of St. Therese of Liseux  
October 1

Solemnity of St. Teresa of Jesus  
October 15

Evaluation of Formandee and Council Preparation for the yearly Promotion 
Second Friday of October

Remembrance of our Beloved Dead Members
(Community Prayer of the Liturgy for the Dead)  
First Regular Meeting of November

Regular Yearly Promotion 

Community Preparation for the Feast of St. John of the Cross  
Second Friday of November

Advent Recollection  
Between First and Second week of December

Treasurer’s Report to the Council 
Second Friday of December

Solemnity of St. John of the Cross  
December 13

Christmas Party  
First Regular meeting of December

Other schedule of activities as deemed required / necessary,
shall be decided upon by the Local Council.

* for implementation by CY 2014

Regular Community Meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month 
After the Sunday Mass at the Carmel of the Holy Spirit Monastery Chapel
at the St. Thereses House of Prayer, Carmelite Monastery, Subic, Zambales 
from 7:00AM to 12:00PM.

Regular Local Council meetings are held every second Friday of the Month

Friday, January 11, 2013



       All previous observers of the St. Teresa of Jesus and John of the Cross Community have already applied and have been accepted as Aspirants.

     However, any interested individual/s are welcome to observe our regular community meeting held every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, at the St. Therese House of Prayers, Carmel of the Holy Spirit, Subic, Zambales

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