Happy feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Sixteen years ago today I was beginning my religious life. I didn’t have any idea what to expect, except that it would be difficult. And I wasn’t wrong, but the joys and blessings are beyond what I could have imagined. Here are a couple pictures from the day. They are fuzzy because they’re photos of photos, makes them look even older. My pastor, Father Christopher Phillips came to concelebrate Mass that day and see me off. That’s him with my mom and I. Bishop Dermott Molloy was also there and after I received my postulant veil he gave me a blessing and said “Be faithful unto death.” I pray to God that I will be. He has since gone to his reward, but he was faithful unto death, pouring out his life for the Quechua people of Peru.