About Fr. Michael of the Heart of Jesus, OCD

Fr. Michael of the Heart of Jesus is the provincial of the Province of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He professed his vows as a Discalced Carmelite in 2000. He has served many roles in the province including prior, vocation director, student master, and retreat director.

Fr. Reginald Foster’s Funeral Homily

This homily was preached at the funeral of Fr. Reginald Foster, OCD on January 21, 2021, at Holy Hill Basilica by Fr. Michael Berry, OCD, Provincial. I wish to first welcome Fr. Reginald’s family, the children of his siblings John and Susan, who are with us today and have come both to honor the memory [...]

God is Able: Homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption

Yesterday, as I was leaving Latrobe, Pennsylvania very early in the morning, while it was still dark, I passed a well-lit bulletin board that said in big letters: GOD IS ABLE. And I thought this sign was perfectly suited to celebrate the mystery of the great Solemnity we celebrate today, the ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED [...]

Dwelling in the Heart of Jesus

The following is the homily that was given by Fr. Michael Berry of the Heart of Jesus to the Discalced Carmelite community at Holy Hill for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, June 19, 2020. These Solemnities of Ordinary Time we have been celebrating since the end of the Easter Season, powerfully reveal to us [...]

A Thanksgiving Homily to the Friars: “Awakening Ourselves to Love”

“Let us understand most clearly the real fact: God gives [gifts] to us without any merit on our part. And let us thank His Majesty for them, because, if we do not acknowledge we are receiving them, we will not awaken ourselves to love."

Freed to Receive One’s Truth From Christ … A homily

Like the Samaritan woman at the well, Teresa knows by experience the liberation of having been loved by Christ. She knows the liberation of being freed of one’s enslavement to sin. She knows the liberation of being freed of licking one’s own wounds and repeatedly tearing them open again in the desire for justice. At the CORE of Teresa’s spirituality is the experience of ENCOUNTER with Christ...

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