Could I ask your prayers, please? On Saturday at our Community meeting in Belfast I was elected president of my Carmelite Community. In the Secular Order the president is the equivalent of the Prior/Prioress.
I was not expecting it, nor to be honest was I keen to accept it - while I am all for Diocesan priests becoming members of the Secular Order, I was not so keen on a priest being the president since it is for the most part the lay branch of Discalced Carmel. However I was put right by my brothers and sisters in the Community - to exclude a member of the Order from becoming president on the basis of being a priest would not be fair. So I accepted.
Since then I have had to endure certain members of the Community humming "Hail to the Chief" behind my back. It will be a long three years! Please pray for me so I will be able to fulfil my obligations of service to my brothers and sisters in the Community.