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.