Getting Closer to God
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What we offer
ON SITE ACCOMMODATIONS
We offer cabin and "poustinia" style accommodations - for weekends, several days, eight-day retreats, and longer. Meals are available! Click HERE for details.
Fr.Mario Fernandes, OCD, is the Director of Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre in Parkland County, Alberta. He has a Masters Degree in Sociology, Bachelor of Arts and Philosophy, Counselling in Addictions, and CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education). He has given many talks and retreats in Canada and U.S.A.
Fr. Ivan Sanctis, OCD, was ordained a priest in 2011. He joined the Carmelite order in 1998. He went to Tanzania to pursue his theological studies and, after his ordination, served the Church and the people in Tanzania. He decided to be missionary, and arrived in Canada in October 2018.
President of the Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
Fr. Rudolf D'Souza, a member of the Kamataka-Goa Province of the Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCD), is well known for his seminars, workshops and conferences on Prayer and Spirituality in India and abroad. He has 24 books to his credit and has written a number of articles in international spiritual journals. He has his Doctorate in Theology with Specialization in Spirituality from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome).
On July 20th 2017 the Archdiocese of Edmonton Auxiliary Bishop Gregory Bittman celebrated the Inaugural Mass officially starting the Carmelite ministry.
Fr. Ray Guimond, founder and Spiritual Director of Ephphatha House was present to officially hand over the Retreat Centre property he has taken care of since 1988.
Fr. Rudolf D’Souza, Regional Superior of the Canadian Carmelite Community was present to accept this gift of the Retreat Centre saying Mount Carmel will “have same mission and spirit of Father Raymond, with a focus on Christian spirituality, training and prayer”. We invite all who are seeking a deeper relation with God to come experience this in the quiet beauty of these rolling hills approximately 15 minutes north of Stony Plain.
Father Mario Fernandes, the new Director of the Centre. “Our main goal is to bring God to the people especially through our way of living, especially through meditation, contemplation and also teaching people how to pray.”