The mission of the Carmelite Auxiliary has always been to raise awareness of and funds for the Carmelite Monastery of Sacramento. To that end, in August of 2015, Mother Christine, the prioress at the time, contacted Mrs. Patricia MacEgan and Mrs. Jana Devereux to reform the Auxiliary, and they set about inviting more people to join. People responded from all over the greater Sacramento area, and soon the revitalized Auxiliary was up and running. In the Fall and Winter of 2015-16, plans were made to bring greater awareness of the Monastery to the parishes in Sacramento. Activities that would help members get to know each other better were planned, such as a quilt-making project and a rosary-making project for the Chaplet of the Holy Face. Long term plans for a speaker series and a fundraiser luncheon were advanced.
The speaker series called Prayer on the Mountain was formulated in which people would be invited to the grounds of the Monastery for spiritual enrichment, followed by a salad lunch. The chapel would be open for visitations. The first talk on April 16, 2016 was given by Mrs. Kathleen Keefe, nationally known writer and speaker and friend of the Monastery. Mrs. Keefe spoke on "Entering the Silence of Mary." On May 14, 2016, Deacon Mark Ruiz of Auburn spoke on "Your Prayer Life." The third meeting was on July 9, 2016, and the speaker, Mrs. Zori Lozano-Friedrich of St. Mel's Parish, spoke on the topic, "Embrace the Grace." All three workshops were very well attended and enthusiastically received.
The next event was the main fundraiser for the Monastery: the October Spaghetti Luncheon and Silent Auction. It was held on October 8, 2016, at St. Joseph Parish Hall in Auburn, with an attendance of 200. The Knights of Columbus, Auburn Chapter, cooked a very delicious spaghetti with a secret recipe sauce; there were over 50 raffle prizes and about two dozen silent auction items. The event raised several thousand dollars for the Monastery, and was fun for all.
The Prayer on the Mountain series continues in 2017, with talks on March 4, April 22, and May 13. Plans for the annual luncheon are in progress, and it will be held on October 7, 2017. Please see our Upcoming Events page for more information.
People from all over the Diocese of Sacramento continue to join the Auxiliary. There currently are no annual dues, and joining the Auxiliary means that you will get our regular Newsletters and be kept informed of events at the Monastery. People join the Auxiliary for many different reasons: some join to be assured of the Nuns’ constant prayer for them and their families; some join just to keep abreast of the events happening at the Monastery. Some join the Auxiliary because they believe in the great power of prayer provided by the Nuns for the people and priests of the Diocese of Sacramento, and want to support them in that effort. No one will ask you for a specific donation. But all members are encouraged to donate to the Monastery when you are able.
To facilitate the organization, a Board of Directors was formed in January of 2017. Board members are selected from the body of Auxiliary membership, and will serve a minimum of two years on the board. Board members may renew their service annually. Board membership is voluntary, and is not compensated in any way. In fact, no person serving the Auxiliary is compensated for their service.