Fr. Michael-Joseph of Saint Thérèse, OCD

About Fr. Michael-Joseph of Saint Thérèse, OCD

Fr. Michael-Joseph is currently living in the Monastery of Mary Help of Christians in Wisconsin. He is ministering at Holy Hill Basilica and devoting himself to studies in Mariology and Carmelite Spirituality.

St. Simon Stock and the Brown Scapular

Today is the feast of St. Simon Stock, who received the Brown Scapular from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 1251. Fr. Michael-Joseph of Saint Thérèse shares the history, spirituality, and the practice of being enrolled in the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. To subscribe to our Youtube channel or [...]

The Secret of the Cross: A Good Friday Reflection

This is the secret of the Cross. Once we discover that it is the only way to everything we want, we don’t have to fear it, but only to embrace it as each occasion presents itself.

A Homily for the Solemnity of Saint Joseph

The following is the homily given at our House of Studies as we celebrate this Solemnity of Saint Joseph. Knowing that most of you will be unable to attend Mass today, we included you and your families in our prayers. We encourage you to take this extra time at home to increase your commitment to [...]

Being Faithful to ‘My Grace’: Blessed Marie-Eugene

One of the things that always struck me about Blessed Marie-Eugène of the Child Jesus was his deep freedom to simply be who God wanted him to be and not to conform himself to other models, no matter how holy they may have seemed. This fidelity to the personal grace God had given him was [...]

Advent is the Carmelite Season

Advent is the Carmelite season; it speaks so much to who we are...

From Diocesan Priest to Discalced Carmelite: Bl. Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus, OCD

Today, February 4, is the memorial of our newest beatified friar, Bl. Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus. As a diocesan priest who entered Carmel five years after my ordination, I received much guidance from the writings and example of this great man who shared with me a common path...

St. Raphael of St. Joseph: The Other Canonized Friar

Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Raphael (Kalinowski) of St. Joseph, O.C.D. He is the only other Discalced Carmelite friar that has been canonized after St. John of the Cross...

Holy Mother, Saint Teresa of Jesus

The question Teresa asks all of us today Is: Do you feel wearied at times by the burdens of earthly relationships? Do you thirst for something greater? Is it possible that God might be calling you? Not simply to say some prayers each night and come to church on Sunday, but to be open to His healing love which he wants to pour out into your life; to let go of those things that you know are holding you back from him? Maybe Teresa’s relationship with God is for you too.

Dispelling Discouragement with Saint Thérèse

I heard a story once about a priest who had a terrible dream one night. He found himself in his parish tool shed when the devil appeared to him and began recounting his ways of misleading souls...