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Denis Read, O.C.D.

Fr. Denis of the Holy Family (William "Bill" Read) 77, a Discalced Carmelite Friar of the Washington Province was born to eternal life on Monday October 18, 2004 in Miami Florida. Son of the late Edwin Read and Helen McGee Read Fr. Denis was born July 19, 1927 in Seattle Washington. His parents and brothers, Thomas, Richard and John Paul Read, predecease him. He is survived by sister Carol Read and brothers David (Margaret), Edwin (Kathryn), Joseph and Rev. Ignacio Read, OCD.

He entered the Order of Discalced Carmelites Oct 14, 1944, made his simple profession of vows on Oct 15, 1945 and solemn profession of vows Oct 15 1948 in Washington D.C., where he was also ordained to the priesthood on December 20, 1952.

From 1953 to 1956 Fr. Denis was the rector of the Discalced Carmelite minor seminary in Peterborough, New Hampshire. From 1956 through 1966 Fr. Denis served in several capacities including; retreat master and formation director at Holy Hill and as associate pastor of St. Mary of the Hill Parish (1960 - 1966). In 1969 Fr. Denis received his doctorate in Moral Theology from the Academia Alfonsiana in Rome. He was an associate professor at the Catholic University of America from 1969-1972 and a full professor at St. John's Seminary in Plymouth Michigan from 1972-1974. Fr. Denis also taught in St. Joseph's Seminary in San Jose California from 1974-1975 and served as associate pastor of St. Margaret's parish in Tucson Arizona. He returned to Holy Hill and was retreat director there from 1978 through 1982. From 1983-1986 he was the associate pastor at St. Joseph's parish in Waukesha. 1987-1990 He was the associate pastor of St. Florian's parish in West Milwaukee. 1990-1997 Fr. Denis served once again as retreat director at Holy Hill. From 1997 to the time of his death he was involved at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Spiritual Center in Miami Florida where he served in ministry to the Secular Order and was involved in Hispanic and retreat ministry. A funeral mass was celebrated Friday October 22, 2004 at Visitation Church with Archbishop Favalora of Miami as the main celebrant.

Lectures by Denis Read, O.C.D.


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St. John of the Cross for Carpenters:
Ordinary Way/Dark Night of Faith

Denis Read O.C.D.

Saint John of the Cross’s life is discussed regarding the love of the Lord, the gift of theological faith, and the centrality of Christ in his entire life and thought. Also, we learn how the purification St. John of the Cross speaks about what occurs in people’s ordinary life.

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St. Teresa of Avila and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Denis Read O.C.D.

Teresa of Jesus gives us the key to the knowledge of God, which is prayer. Here is a study of Teresa’s mysticism, her teaching on contemplation and contemplative prayer, and what Saint John of the Cross will call the Kingdom of Heaven. What is mysticism? It is simply the experience of God, a dynamic state of being in love with the Lord and with one another. We also learn of the Holy Spirit’s centrality in St. Teresa’s writings.

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St. Thérèse: Her Influence on Contemporary
Theology and Spirituality

Denis Read O.C.D.

This is a discussion about the influence of St. Thérèse of Lisieux on contemporary theology and spirituality. Although she left us scarcely more than a little book, a few letters, and a few last words, the more attention that we give to the Little Flower, the broader are the horizons that open up revealing her true influence on popular devotions and practices, on theologians, and on emerging theologies of lay spirituality.

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