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"CULTURE" COMMISSION

Curia Generalizia dei Carmelitani - May 4-7, 2002

The meetings began at 9:30 AM on May 4, 2002 with a short prayer led by William J. Harry, O. Carm., the General Councilor for Culture. Others present at the meeting were Peter Go (Indo), Michael Plattig (GerS), Tito Figueirôa (Pern), Fernando Millán (Baet), and Patrick McMahon (PCM). Huub Welzen (Neer) was delayed and would arrive after the first session.

Various housekeeping details were worked out including that the Commission would work in English but that members could speak in another language if they wished and translation would be provided. Members then spent a few moments introducing themselves and outlining their current ministries as related to culture.

I. ESTABLISHING THE COMMISSION'S PURPOSE, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND CHALLENGES

To facilitate the discussion, copies of the pertinent parts of the Constitutions, RIVC, and a summary of the minutes of the two previous meetings of the Commission in the 90's were distributed. The members also received summaries of a survey that was done in 1995 for the purpose of establishing goals for the newly created Commission. The four goals outlined in the Six Year Plan of the General Council (2001) were also distributed.

A wide ranging discussion ensued as members attempted to identify the main elements of the Commission's charge is.

It was decided that the work of the Commission could proceed without waiting for the appointment of a Delegate for Culture.

II. HIGHER EDUCATION

A) The Current Situation in the Order

1) Audit of Academic Degrees Held By Members of the Order

In order to discover which Carmelites have completed advanced degrees and in what areas those degrees are in, the Commission decided to conduct an audit. This audit will have three goals:
a) To map out available programs of higher studies;
b) To discover what expertises members of the Order have and who these experts are;
c) To identify the areas in which we need to develop experts;

The audit will be done in two phases. The first phase of the audit will ask the Provincials to give the names and addresses of those members of the Province with advanced degrees. We will also ask for information on those members currently working on advanced degrees.

Phase one materials will be sent from the Curia to the Provincials via email by July 1, 2002. It will be due back on August 31, 2002. Each of those Carmelites identified by the Provincials will then receive a letter and a form with a request for more complete information. These will be sent out no later than October 1 with their return expected by November 30th. [In order to make sure that this process moves ahead, William J. Harry will be responsible for the audit, unless a Delegate for Culture is appointed before these dates.]

The Commission would like to invite the monasteries of nuns and affiliated congregations and institutes to also participate in this survey so that a more complete picture of the state of higher education in the Order can be obtained.

As this information would be used to build a database, so the information will be gathered in such a way to facilitate accomplishing that goal.

Following the break for the afternoon session, a draft of the survey was reviewed by the members and numerous changes were suggested. The final draft is contained in Appendix A of these minutes.

2) Current Programs of Higher Studies Around the Order

The members of the Commission discussed the current geographical locations of students working toward advanced degrees. Our current strategy leaves much of the investigation up to the individual student and the individual provincials. Concern was expressed that this strategy does not provide for an Order wide vision. Nor does it promote an understanding of the Order's needs nor preparation of individuals to serve the wider Order. We believe it has to be continually stressed that providing Carmelites to serve the Order will benefit the Province as well.

It was concluded that the person with responsibility for higher studies in the Order should be responsible for investigating the location, focuses, and quality of various programs around the world. As such this person would be able to advise members, provincials, etc which students should be directed to what programs and where while keeping in mind the needs of the whole Order.

Our current strategy is too passive and providing for the intellectual life of the Order is, unfortunately, not often among the priorities. Of course, we see that this attitude must change for the health of the Order in the future.

It was also noted that we need to encourage the fulfillment of #160 in the Constitutions which calls for each member learning a second language in order to promote the international character of the Order and to foster an openness towards other cultures and other ways of thinking and feeling. The RIVC calls for every to know at least one of the three official languages (Italian, Spanish, and English) of the Order.

B) Where We Want Higher Education in the Order in Six Years

We set the following eight goals for higher education in the Order to be accomplished by time the next General Chapter is held in 2007. We believe that these goals outline the responsibilities of the Delegate for Culture.

1) That a Delegate for Culture actively facilitate high studies in the Order;
2) That information be gathered on programs, people, places, and the financing/scholarships available.
3) That dialogue take place between the Delegate for Culture, provincials, directors of students, and student candidates. We want individuals to take the initiative in seeking higher studies and not wait until they are invited;
4) That systematic contact occur between the Delegate for Culture and provincials and between the Delegate for Culture and formators to promote higher studies. Provincials must be helped to see the bigger and more long term picture, particularly the need for scholars and the priority that must be placed on identifying people for studies;
5) That Provinces be encouraged to be pro-active in planning in the area of higher education. There needs to be an awareness of the value of each province to have a strong program for higher studies;
6) That there be a 'climate of studies' (including but not limited to higher education) created in the Order. There is always a need for theologians in the provinces to keep the members thinking critically and theologically;
7) That formation courses, seminars, etc, be used to identify potential candidates for higher studies and to motivate people to choose higher studies. We feel that the Delegate for Culture should be at next year's international formation program, actively encouraging the idea of higher studies;
8) That individuals be considered for academic preparation in the following fields, as well as others:
a) Archival Studies
b) Library Science
c) History
d) Mariology
e) Spiritual Theology
f) Systematic Theology
g) Philosophy
h) Scripture

III. RESEARCH

A) Institutum Carmelitanum in Rome

Patrick McMahon, appointed praeside of the Institutum Carmelitanum in Rome in December 2001, presented his reflections and plans for the Institutum Carmelitanum after discussions with many individuals and groups around the Order. Members were given a copy of various documents regarding the Institutum. These included:

1) The minutes of the meetings between the Prior General Joseph Chalmers, William J. Harry, the General Councilor for Culture, and Patrick McMahon;
2) The 'pro memoria' of Emanuele Boaga, the retired praeside of the Institutum, to the General Council at a plenary session in 2001;
3) Pertinent parts of the Acts of the 1995 General Chapter, and
4) A "Synthesis of Information from Interviews and Interviews" Patrick McMahon has compiled from meetings with various people and groups since being appointed praeside.

Patrick has identified nine areas of needs with regards to the future direction of the Institutum Carmelitanum from his discussions. These area:
1) to pass the mantle to a new generation of Carmelite scholars;
2) to work with other Carmelite Institutes around the world;
3) to preserve elements of the Institutum which are working;
4) to correct elements of the Institutum which are not working;
5) to create a pro-active Institute with a master plan;
6) to make the Institute worth what is costs to operate;
7) to increase the visibility of the Institute in the Order;
8) to stimulare publications, and
9) to develop an aggressive marketing program for the Institute's products.

Patrick will be presenting a list of names to the General Council for approval as the 'Comitato Centrale' This group will then work to select the other members of Institutum and establishing goals, etc for the Institutum.

He has an established time table for meetings and appointments to occur beginning with the list of possible 'Comitato Centrale' members being presented at the May General Council meeting. The first meeting of the 'Comitato Centrale' will be in Autumn 2002 to work on a mission statement and additional membership for the Institute. The Comitato will meet at least annual and will use the internet for more frequent contact. Regular meetings, every several months at least, will be held for those members of the Institutum present in Rome.

there will be a much wider membership, both geographically and representing different fields of study. regular meetings, probably every two years of the members with more frequent connecting through the internet is planned.

Patrick gave the following as additional information on overall plan which is emerging for the Institutum:
1) Move towards becoming an inter-disciplinary Institute as it was originally conceived and not limited to a narrow historical approach. Especially critical will be psychologists and biblical scholars;
2) Broaden membership (The October 'Comitato Centrale' meeting will be used to appoint the membership.)
3) Membership should be around 40;
4) The Institutum should seriously consider participation in SPIRIN (the Dutch Spirituality Project);
5) The symposium on marketing books in the USA as one way to learn how we should be marketing;
6) Proposed committees of the Institutum:
a) Membership;
b) Long Term Planning (discussion of long term structural change);
c) External Programming: symposium, etc outside the Order;
d) Internal Programming: symposium, etc inside the Order;
e) Internet;
f) Publishing, and
g) Facilities and equipment.

One of the early challenges will be to get some positive public relations going with the Provinces since they are the main support of the Institute. A number of strategies to accomplish that were suggested.

There was some discussion about the Edizioni Carmelitani, the publishing arm of the General Council and the Institutum Carmelitanum. Further research needs to be done. There is a major problem with the distribution of materials that needs to be dealt with if the work of the Institute and the other publications handled by the Edizioni is going to receive wide readership. It is a severe handicap that there is no "central information center" in the Order where information on all the materials published (books, CDs, tapes, etc) can be obtained. The other problem is that systems of distribution through bookstores, libraries, journals for book reviews, etc is non existent. Our distribution mechanism seems to go no further than mailing the publications to Carmelite houses.

The method for selecting what will be published and what will not needs to be reviewed.

It should be noted that much of the material published would be of interest to scholars in and outside the Order if they knew it existed. However, the information about the materials has to be available and a mechanism for obtaining the publications has to be efficient.

It was explained that the Communications Commission has as a long term project the development of a 'Carmelite Store' on the web which would list publications, religious objects, and other Carmelite materials. However, it was felt that other issues regarding systems of distribution also have to be addressed.

The Edizioni operation will be examined and any necessary statute revisions proposed for the 2007 General Chapter. It was proposed that the Edizioni committee needs to meet no later than the October meeting of the Comitato Centrale.

The discussion concluded with members expressing great satisfaction with the planning that has taken place so far. The Commission wholeheartedly supports this new initiative to strengthen the Institutum Carmelitanum.

B) Other Institutes Around the World

1) Establishing Who Are The "Carmelite Institutes"

While there does not seem to be any adequate definition of what makes a particular group a 'Carmelite Institute,' there seems to be some common denominators or elements that the members of the Commission agreed should be present. These would be:
1) Promotes res carmelitana
2) Statutes
3) Library
4) Possibility of offering courses/research
5) Possibility of publications
6) Recognition by the International Culture Commission (This is intended as a means of giving some 'official recognition' to those using the title "Carmelite Institute."

Recognizing that not every one on the list that follows has reached full maturity regarding the above criteria, a list of such 'Carmelite Institutes' would be:
1) Rome - Institutum Carmelitanum
2) Nijmegan - Titus Brandsma Institute
3) Washington - The Carmelite Institute
4) Muenster -
5) Recife -
6) Manila - The Center for Spirituality
7) Malang -
8) Melbourne -
9) Boxmeer, The Netherlands -
10) Nantes -
11) Roma - Pier Tomasso Institute

In examining the geographical locations of the established Institutes identified above, we noted a lack of presence in the Mediterranean area of the Order. The possibility of establishing some form of an Institute in Spain and possibly encouraging the maturation of the Pier Tomasso Institute in Rome into a full Institute was suggested. Establishment of an Institute in Africa was also discussed. We felt Zimbabwe or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as these are more established Carmelite foundations, might be the best locations. However, must discussion would have to take place with those involved.

We would encourage a statement by the General Congregation and the Council of Provinces with some formulation of a policy at the next General Chapter that Carmelite Institutes be established on each continent. We need to encourage provincials to let people study so that personnel will be in place, ready to go.

Two methods of accomplishing the establishment of new Institutes were discussed. For the stronger Provinces, such as in Spain, it would be a matter of Provinces allocating personnel and money for the project. In developing areas of the Order, an established Institute could 'twin' with a new Institute, as the Dutch TBI did with the Center for Spirituality in Manila.

We realize that the scope of the Institutes will vary from country to country but each should have an area of specialization.

We would like to begin a process of networking, sharing of information between the various Carmelite Institutes in the world.

Action by the General Council: We recommend a meeting of all the Institutes we already have. We propose that this meeting be held in Nijmegan, The Netherlands for the following purposes:
1) To demonstrate SPIRIN;
2) To foster networking among the Institutes;
3) To talk about developing new Institutes and the possibility of Carmelite Centers of Spirituality maturing into Institutes;
4) To promote higher studies and to examine the possibilities of study programs within the various Institutes.

The timing of this meeting would depend on when TBI develops SPIRIN in order that it be demonstated.

2) The Celebration of the Rule in 2007: A Common Project for the Institutes

Carlo Cicconetti, the Vice General and Chair of the Charism and Spirituality Commission spent time with the Culture Commission to explain the work of the Charism and Spirituality Commission with regards to the celebration of the Rule of St. Albert in 2007, especially the idea of a Congress on the Rule.

The Culture Commission wishes to promote the General Chapter's directive of celebrating the Rule of St. Albert in 2007. We endorse the idea of the Charism and Spirituality Commission that the Congress be inter-religious (including perhaps Buddhist and Islamic scholars) and inter-cultural. We also endorse the idea that the Congress itself be held in Asia or possibly in Spain where the great monotheistic religions all intersect.

While the Charism and Spirituality Commission was given responsibility for the event in the Six Year Plan developed by the General Council, we feel several other commissions necessarily need to be involved as well. The scholarly preparation should fall within the competency of the Institutes. We must take responsibility to make sure that the materials presented for the anniversary of the Rule are of a sound scientific quality. The publicity for the Congress and other Order wide events related to the Rule that will hopefully be occurring would be the responsibility of the Communications Commission. Perhaps other Commissions of the Order would also become formally involved in some way. Some suggestions were made of ways the various Institutes be networked together while each carrying forth some specialization.

It would also be helpful if we knew where the various OCD Institutes are located. We could invite either their Institutes or members from the various OCD Institutes to become involved in this Congress on the Rule project.

We envision the establishment of a 'cooperative model' among the commissions and the various Institutes working on the celebration of the Rule, as foreseen in the 3rd part of the Titus Brandsma Institute's proposal (see below). This will allow us to develop a model while engaged in a real project.

It would be necessary to form a subcommission to work this cooperative venture out. The gives us the opportunity to do a project and learn to network together at the same time. Safeguarding the value of being physically present to one another for some meetings, we should pioneer electronic meetings for this commission. We also propose having a coordinator or project manager to keep our participation in this process on track.

Steps needed to prepare for our celebration of the Rule in 2007:
i) nominate our members of the subcommission
ii) appoint a project manager with the responsibility of keeping the project on track
iii) contact other Institutes, inform them of this project, and invite their participation in specific ways.
iv) Have a meeting of the subcommission
- Develop the role and tasks of each subcommission
- Develop a time table
v) This group itself should use periodic internet updates both
- to the members of the commission
- to the members of the Institutes
- to the larger membership of the Order
vi) A discussion needs to take place regarding "product distribution" and dissemination of information about this event. (e.g. How do we publicize the list of commentaries on the Rule? By creating 'display windows' for our work on the web? Other ways?)

3) Other Possible Projects for the Institutes

a) Celebration of the anniversary of Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi;
b) Working with the Charism and Spirituality Commission on the Spiritual Directory project and how to move that from just publishing books to influencing peoples' lives;
c) The Strengthening of the Carmelite Institute in Nante, France. Given the importance of our presence in France and the struggle it is having taking root, we accept that we must give any help to the French Delegation that we can. We highlighted providing microfilms and CD's of books that they do not have.

C) The Titus Brandsma Institute (Nijmegan) Proposal for Networking the Carmelite Institutes Around the World.

Huub Welzen, a member of the Titus Brandsma Institute (TBI), outlined the proposal to create a web community of those involved in the study of spirituality. It also provides an opportunity and technology to link the various Carmelite institutes together. He had made a similar presentation at the 2001 General Chapter. The TBI has a policy for "cooperation and internationalization" and is seeking the participation of the larger Order.

The proposal has two major components:

1) SPIRIN: .(SPIRituality INternational)

This is an attempt to provide a "map" (a virtual community) among the researchers, scholars, teachers, lecturers, students, and professionals in the field of spirituality. SPIRIN would provide a tool for those worldwide who are working in the field to discuss and to critique. Five components of this are planned:

a) A Database of 'Who Is Who'
This searchable database would list a variety of information on people in the field of spirituality. It would be inter-faith, international, as well as 'inter-disciplinary' within the field of spirituality.
b) Bibliographical Information
A collection of reference works with their reviews of the literature, the journals of spirituality and their book reviews, the bibliographies (such as Bibliographia Internationalis Spiritualitatis), and online access to library catalogues and data from publishing houses.
c) Discussion Groups
Internet discussion groups which would allow discussion of information, ideas, projects, etc between scholars and students.
d) Educational Information
This section of the SPIRIN project would give information about developments in education and provide a forum for formation in spirituality. This is the 'distance learning' component.
e) Information about Spirituality
This section would announce congresses, seminars, meetings, about to be released books, and other activities in the area of spirituality.

A sixth component is being being discussed as possible.

It is estimated that it will be 5 years before the SPIRIN is fully operational.

A wide ranging discussion followed Huub's presentation. While we wish to encourage the participation of the various Institutes in SPIRIN, we do not want to compromise the autonomy of each Institute. We also do not want to do anything that would compromise the domain and copyrights of any Carmelite scholar over his/her work, nor subject his/her work to being plagiarized, stolen, or otherwise abused by posting it on the net without adequate safeguards.

We also want to make sure that access to enter material on SPIRIN and access to discussion boards is regulated to guarantee access only to competent participants and not a wider readership.

We think it would be beneficial to show SPIRIN to the various Institutes as soon as it is ready to be demonstrated because we believe that the various Institutes will find it a valuable way to connect with one another as well as into the larger world of spirituality.

We have some concerns. We feel it will be necessary to develop a Carmelite Program parallel to SPIRIN because the focus of the Carmelite Institutes is wider that the area of scientific spirituality which SPIRIN will represent. We are anxious that such resources as the annual bibliography and the library catalogues be available to a wide audience and not restricted to researchers willing or able to pay. We will make our catalogues available to SPIRIN but not with an exclusivity that would prohibit their use in other web sites.

2) SPINE (SPIrituality for Education) - Distance Learning Project of the TBI

The Titus Brandsma Institute is working on developing 'modules' for use over the Internet in the B.A. and M.A. (Spirituality) degree programs it offers. It is doing this in conjunction with the Carmelite Center for Spirituality in Manila and St. Augustine College in Johannesburg, South Africa. Other institutes will be invited to participate.

The target groups of the project are the students and the teachers in spirituality. Researchers are also part of the target group. It would also be possible for directors of novitiates, etc. to participate.

3) A Network of Carmelite Institutes of Spirituality

The third element is to provide the opportunity for the various Institutes connected to the Carmelite Order to create their own web using the computer resources and expertise of the TBI. Those components and personnel of the Carmelite Institutes which focus on Spirituality would be members of SPIRIN. However, the Carmelite web would also encompass researchers and resources in other disciplines and would function as a closed web with participation of Carmelite Institutes only.

The Commission is, in general terms, very much in favor of the concepts of SPIRIN, SPINE and the networking of the Carmelite Institutes. These projects provide the hardware and technical assistance to do many of the things we are envisioning for the Carmelite Institutes. The ability to be a part of them would be a major leap forward in our development.

However, the actually development of the 'network' is in the future. The cost as well as other details have yet to be determined. We did not discuss the specifics of reorganizing the whole Institute structure as outlined in the TBI proposal. What exactly our participation would be still needs to be determined when more information becomes available.

IV. PATRIMONY

A) Centers of Spirituality

This was presented on the proposed agenda but was not discussed at the meeting as it was not part of the specific charge of the Commission.

B) The General Archives of the Order

1) Accessibility of Information

A discussion about the access to information through a visit to the Archives itself, via CD, or through the resources of the Internet took place. Some of the discussion centered around who has the right to place Carmelite documents on the web, what permissions (if any) must be secured, etc.

The proposal made several years ago at the on-going formation course on communication to make the classic documents of the Order available through the web was revisited. We need clear guidelines about putting documents on the web, being careful about copyright issues. We need to solicit permission from the Institutum and from the various provinces to use materials on the web for which they hold the copyright. We also have to be careful to avoid jeopardizing the publishing and selling of materials later.

We examined the Dominican Order's protocols for access to their archives in Rome. They have a requirement that any copying of documents onto microfilm be done professionally and only by a company selected by the archives. The original microfilms become property of the archives.

Action Needed by the Institutum Carmelitanum: Develop protocols for use of the General Archives of the Order.

Action Needed by the Institutum Carmelitanum: Develop protocols for putting resources on the Internet.

Action Needed by the General Council: Direct the Culture and Communications Commissions and Institutum Carmelitarum to form a sub commission to put the classic documents of our heritage on the web in both the original language and in modern language translations, esp the three official languages of the Order.

2) Security of Materials Against Theft, Fire, Aging, etc.

We realize the importance of protecting our documents and believe this should become a priority. We suggest that a subcommittee be appointed to come up with a prioritization of what needs to be copied. The Carmelite Library in Washington, DC is interested in making copies of archival material and can designate a certain amount of money each year for microfilming materials in the Rome archives.

Action Needed by General Council: Appoint a committee consisting of Emanuele Boaga, Joachim Smet, and Patrick McMahon to prioritize those documents to be professionally put on microfilm and to complete the project as funding becomes available.

3) Identifying and Training Future Archivists

We did not have any specifics except to note that having people trained in this important area cannot be deferred. When the audits for the provinces are compiled, we think strategies should be developed for having people study archival science and that some priority be placed on the Order's needs in this area.

4) Other Discussions Concerning the Archives

a) Provincial Archives
We should also be concerned about the archives in the various provinces. We need to raise the consciousness of the provinces regarding the necessity of maintaining well organized and well protected archives. A survey to learn of the current situation in the Order in this area was not seen as opportune. We suggest the Delegate for Culture investigate this once appointed.
b) Pernambuco - Washington, DC Cooperation
The Pernambuco Province has a project to place microfilmed material from their archives on CD. Washington, DC can do this rather inexpensively and offered such help during the meeting.

C) The Carmelite Libraries

A meeting of representatives of the various Carmelite Libraries around the world was held in April 2001 in Washington, DC. Four projects were outlined during that meeting.

1) Computerization of the catalogues of the Carmelite Collections throughout the world.

Patrick McMahon feels that the cataloguing of the Rome Carmelite library is too big of a project. The Washington, DC, Boxmeer, Titus Brandsma Institute, and Melbourne catalogues should provide a good springboard to get a catalogue of the Institutum library.

It must be ascertained whether CARDBOX, the cataloguing system used at Boxmeer, is compatible and convertible with the MARC based cataloguing systems.

Concerns were expressed about the care and protection of rare and old books that are present in some of our houses (but not necessarily in the libraries of those houses). We encourage provincials to make themselves aware of the resources their provinces have in the ways of rare and old books and that such books should be catalogued in some way so that their presence can be known and the books made available to scholars.

2) CDs of Carmelite Books

This project of digitally photographing a number of older Carmelite books and placing them on CD has been undertaken by the Carmelite Library in Washington, DC. The intention is to make the CD's available to our newer Carmelite libraries and to sell them to libraries and individuals throughout the world. This will allow Carmelite libraries to restrict access to the older and rarer volumes in their collections. It will also provide some income to pay for the cost of photographing the books.

3) Collection of 100 Original Texts on CD

Richard Copsey (Brit) was working on this project to distribute many early Carmelite texts. There are about 50 English translations of these available.

Similarly, Antonio Ruiz (Edizioni Carmelitana - Rome) was working to transfer early documents such as the Acts of the General Chapters, Constitutions, and the Bullarium onto CDs.

4) Transfer of the Annual Carmelite Bibliography onto CD

Originally a project of the Carmelites in Washington, DC, the TBI in Nijmegan, The Netherlands is now electronically cataloguing the Annual Bibliography as part of the SPIRIN. It is currently done from 1950-1967 and from 1997 to the present.

It is being catalogued on ISIS which makes it very accessible.

The need for a printed version of the Annual Carmelite Bibliography since there is now an electronic copy was raised.

5) Follow Up on The Librarians' Meeting

There is another meeting of the Carmelite Librarians scheduled for the second week of Easter in 2003.

We recommend that the Delegate for Culture move ahead with the project of increasing cooperation and networking among the libraries of the Order.

We also recommend that the Delegate for Culture be responsible for the 2003 meeting of the Carmelite librarians.

V. Role of The Delegate for Culture - Role of the Commission for Culture

The members of the Commission reviewed the role of the Delegate for Culture as contained in Document 19A of the 1995 General Chapter. We noted that some of the responsibilities given in the 1995 Chapter have been taken over by others (notably the Spiritual Directory, the Carmelites Dictionary, and the Ratio Studiorum Carmelitarum.)

However, the Commission feels strongly that the need to create a climate of scholarship in the Order is great at this particular time and favors the appointment of a Delegate to lead this effort. The role of the Delegate was described as "to know as much as possible and to do as little as possible" as his/her role would be to identify resources within the Order that can carry projects to completion.

We do not feel the person needs to live in Rome. Nor do we see the job as full time. In fact it was characterized as "less than half time."

The Commission identified the following areas of concentration for the Delegate:
A) Sending out a questionnaire to determine the academic status of members of the Order and to garner information regarding each member. (This will be done by General Councilor for Culture if a Delegate for Culture is not named by the time the questionnaire is scheduled to go out.);
B) The identification of specific areas of study needed by the Order;
C) The identification of places for candidates to study;
D) The identification of possible students for higher education;
E) Establish dialogue with the provincials and formators regarding sending students on for higher study;
F) Promoting a "climate of studies" throughout the Order;
G) Promoting a consciousness of the cultural patrimony of the Order;
H) Be available to the General Council for ideas and suggestions regarding various celebrations.

As far the Delegate him/herself, we identified the following qualifications:
A) Must be known in academic circles, highly educated him/herself
B) Must know academic circles him/herself
C) Must be self-initiating
D) Better than average language skills

We made several suggestions of people who we felt could fulfill the role of Delegate successfully.

We suggest that someone other than the Delegate coordinate:
A) The networking project of the Institutes in the celebration of the 700th Anniversary of the Rule;
B) The meeting of the Institutes;
C) The meeting of the Carmelite Librarians the second week of Easter 2003;
D) The celebration of the anniversary of Mary Magdalene de Pazzi.

The issue of financing the projects that we have considered over the last few days was brought up. Each project will have some financial impact on the Institutes participating. It was felt finances could be dealt with in one of two ways:
A) Each Institute could plan to absorb the cost themselves, realizing that their program could be structured in such a way as to recoup some or all of the expenses. For example, printing a book on the Rule would cost money but could also raise money by being sold. If an Institute wanted to give a conference, the cost of attending the conference could pay for its development. In this way, the need to raise funding through the projects would be an impetus to complete the projects;
B) A fund could be established for the funding of the various projects planned. Each Institutes' costs would be covered through this fund.

The final discussion concerned the role of the International Commission for Culture. We feel that we have put into place, through a series of recommendations of both programs and people, what is needed to carry out those tasks identified in the Six Year Plan of the General Council. We feel that our role now becomes supporting the work of the Delegate.

The Commission will meet again no later than 2005, unless the General Councilor for Culture feels there is a need before then to address issues related to these projects.



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COMISIÓN "CULTURA"

La Comisión Internacional para la Cultura señala para los próximos años la importancia de una nueva orientación en relación con los distintos Institutos asociados a la Orden y en la promoción de los Estudios Superiores en distintas áreas.

Según los puntos de Proyecto del Consejo General para los próximos seis años, se prestará atención a los Institutos asociados a través del mundo. Se anima a las otras áreas geográficas a plantearse la creación de un Instituto Carmelita. El Institutum Carmelitanum de Roma recibirá una atención particular. Según indicaciones recientes del actual Director de dicho Institutum, Patrick McMahon, O. Carm., el Comité Central (8 miembros con responsabilidades en los diversos Institutos esparcidos por el mundo) tendrá una reunión en octubre 2002 para desarrollar este programa.

Se dará importancia, según los planes del Instituto, a la Biblioteca Carmelita de Roma y a la seguridad y uso de los Archivos Generales de la Orden.

Los miembros de la Comisión para la Cultura examinaron el Papel del Delegado para la Cultura creado en el Capítulo General de 1995. Muchas de las tareas encargadas al Delegado hoy forman parte de las tareas encomendadas a otras personas. La Comisión cree que la misión principal del Delegado debería ser: examinar las necesidades de la Orden para tener una visión más amplia respecto a los Estudios Académicos Superiores y así poder programar estos junto con los Provinciales y los estudiantes. Tras la reunión fue designado el P. Mark Attard, O.Carm., como nuevo Delegado para la Cultura.

Los miembros de la Comisión Internacional para la Cultura se reunieron en Roma del 4 al 7 de mayo del 2002.

(NB: Para la versión completa de las notas ver la versión inglésa)
 


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COMMISSIONE "CULTURA"

Cercando per un nuovo orientamento nei vari Istituti associati all’Ordine e un rinnovato interesse che promuova gli studi superiori nell’Ordine, la Commissione internazionale della Cultura ha individuato diverse aree con possibilità di sviluppo nei prossimi anni.

Seguendo le indicazioni del "Progetto del sessennio" del Consiglio Generale, l’attenzione volgerà al lavoro in rete degli Istituti Carmelitani in tutto il mondo. Sono state inoltre identificate le aree geografiche in cui si potrebbe costituire un Istituto Carmelitano. Particolare attenzione è stata riservata all’Institutum Carmelitanum a Roma. Sotto il direttore recentemente nominato, Patrick McMahon, O. Carm., il Comitato Centrale (8 membri provenienti dalle varie parti del mondo con responsabilità direzionali nell’Istituto) si incontrerà in Ottobre per sviluppare ulteriormente questo programma.

È incluso nella progettazione dell’Istituto sia l’importanza di una Biblioteca carmelitana a Roma che la disponibilità degli Archivi Generali dell’Ordine.

I membri della Commissione della Cultura hanno rivisto la posizione del "Delegato", figura creata dal Capitolo Generale del 1995. Diverse fra le mansioni originariamente date al Delegato ora sono svolte da altri. Tuttavia, la Commissione ha ritenuto che lo scopo principale del Delegato è di creare nell’Ordine una visuale di ampio respiro riguardo agli studi superiori accademici e promuovere programmi di studi con i Provinciali e gli studenti inerenti alle necessità dell’Ordine.

Dopo l’incontro è stato nominato per questo compito il P. Mark Attard, O. Carm.

I membri della Commissione internazionale della Cultura si sono incontrati a Roma dal 4 al 7 maggio 2002.

(NB: Per la versione completa degli appunti vedi la versione inglese)

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