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A Look Back at the Carmelite Friars in 1960

The following articles on the Carmelite Coat of Arms and “Carmelite Hospital Chaplain” were included in the 1960  Meet the Carmelite Fathers, a vocation publication written by Rev. Raymond Dolan, O. Carm. At the time of its publication, Fr. Raymond was the Carmelite’s Vocation Director.

The Chaplain article was included to illustrate the breadth of the Carmelite’s involvement in community service. No sooner had the Irish Carmelites arrived in Manhattan to establish their American roots at Our Lady of the Scapular, they were assigned to serve the needs of Catholics at Bellevue Hospital.  The Carmelites’ unbroken chain as Bellevue chaplains came to an end in 2007. Rev. Philip Marani, O. Carm. was the last Carmelite to serve in that capacity. But there is a footnote to that story.  In recent years, Bro. Robert Bathe, O. Carm., began ministering to the sick and dying at Bellevue. Now serving as Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator, he is continuing the Carmelite tradition of service to those in need.