Tara over at Loved Sinner loves all things Carmelite, so when I had the chance to view these pictures of a Carmelite novice in Samoa taking her final vows and receiving her black veil, I asked the photorgapher, Fr. John Moneypenny - who spent two weeks there as a guest of Samoans from our parish - if I could post these. It is not everyday you can see a ceremony like this, much less in Samoa.
Roman Catholicism is the 2nd largest Christian denomination in Samoa (I am told Lutherans are the largest) and their devotion, as I have seen demonstrated at St. Joseph's, is very deep.
Tara - or rather, "Grandma" - I hope you like these!