World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Hi! My name is Derrick Turrentine, and I am currently a Carmelite pre-novice. I’m from North Carolina and graduated from the University of Chicago with an MA in the Social Sciences. I enjoy running, reading anything by Tolkien and creative writing. At the moment, my favorite Carmelite saint is John of Saint Samson. He was relatively uneducated, blind, of ill-health and low social status. Yet so dynamic was his relationship with Jesus that it catalyzed an era of Carmelite reform.

Derrick Turrentine, a pre-novice (postulant) in the Carmelite Order wonders why Jesus compares his followers to four-footed, cud-chewing mammals.  Derrick is born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. He is a graduate in social work from the University Chicago.  He will enter the Carmelite novitiate this June.

This Good Shepherd window is at Saint Cecilia’s Carmelite Church in Englewood, NJ

The Gospel of John: 10:27-30

Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.  No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of my Father’s hand.  The Father and I are one.”

The Gospel of the Lord.