O.Carm. News
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No. 29 - JANUARY-JUNE 2004
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image MEETING OF CARMELITE GENERAL SUPERIORS
image ST. THÉRÈSE CO-PATRON OF APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER
image 25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE CARMEL OF SANT’ANNA, ITALY
image PROGRESS IN THE BEATIFICATION OF MOTHER CANDELARIA
image APPOINTMENT TO THE PEACE COMMUNICATION NETWORK
image GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE DONUM DEI MISSIONARY FAMILY
image NEW CARMELITE WEB SITES

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MEETING OF CARMELITE GENERAL SUPERIORS

 
From 14 to 18 May 2004, a meeting of Carmelite General Superiors was held in Sassone (Rome). The theme of the meeting was: “Challenges facing the Carmelite Family today”. Those present were Fr. Joseph Chalmers, Prior General, Fr. Rafael Leiva Sanchez, General Councillor and Councillor for the nuns and sisters, and representatives of the following Congregations: Putri Karmel, Carmelites of St. Elijah, Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Carmelite Sisters of Our Lady, Corpus Christi Carmelites, Handmaids of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Hermanas Carmelitas M. Candelaria, Carmelitas del S.C. de Jesús, Hermanas de la Virgen María del Monte Carmelo, Istituto N.S. del Carmelo, Suore Carmelitane Missionarie STGB, Irmas Carmelitas da Divina Providença, Irmas Missionarias Carmelitas de Jesus.

Carmelite General Superiors

The meeting began with an address by the Prior General, where he set out the purpose of the meeting, that is, to share and reflect on what is taking place within the Carmelite Family. The main speakers were Fr. Carlos Mesters on: “Challenges Facing the Carmelite Family Today” and Fr. William Harry and Sr. Ursula Diassellis on “The Carmelite NGO at the UN – Justice and Peace”. During these days, the participants were given further information regarding the Istitutum Carmelitanum, Communications within the Order and Culture. They also had the chance to visit the Carmelite cloistered nuns in Sutri and to visit the city of Viterbo.

The representatives of the many Congregations affiliated to the Carmelite Order expressed their appreciation and declared the importance of such  meetings and decided to hold the next meeting in 2007.

P. Rafael Leiva Sánchez, O.Carm. Top




ST. THÉRÈSE CO-PATRON OF APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER


In a decree dated March 6, the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments approved the election of the Carmelite cloistered nun and Doctor of the Church, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Co-Patron (together with St. Francis Xavier) of the Apostleship of Prayer.

St. Thérèse of LisieuxThe Apostleship of Prayer is an international association with some 40 million members. According to its statutes, the Apostleship of Prayer is a public association of faithful "that, through the daily offering of themselves, unite themselves to the Eucharistic Sacrifice in which the work of our Redemption is continually renewed." It is responsible for communicating the intentions the Pope assumes every month to offer his prayers and sacrifices together with those of hundreds of thousands of the faithful. Every month, it publishes two intentions: one general and the other specifically missionary.

In a letter to the Superior General of the Discalced Carmelite Order, the Director General of the Apostleship of Prayer and Superior General of the Jesuits, Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach, wrote: "St. Thérèse, who wanted 'to be a daughter of the Church and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, knowing that his intentions embrace the universe,' and now as heavenly patroness, will intercede so that this communion of prayer will contribute effectively to the building of the Church and the coming of the Kingdom of God."


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25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF
THE CARMEL OF SANT’ANNA, ITALY


The adventure of the Carmel of Sant’Anna in Carpineto Romano, a small town not far from Rome, began on 22 April 1979. At first there were five nuns, now there are sixteen. This monastery gave birth to other Carmels such as the one in Cerreto and new life to other Carmels such as the one in Sutri and still others are in the process of being born.

Carmelite Cloistered Nuns, Carpineto RomanoFor all this and all that has happened in the silence of their life, the nuns “exult in God forever”. In fact, this is the motto they chose for the programme in celebration of their twenty-fifth anniversary of foundation. On this occasion, the words of Pope John Paul II in his apostolic exhortation Vita Consecrata seem appropriate: “You not only have a glorious story to recall and tell, but a great story to build!” (n. 110).

The nuns have chosen to celebrate this quarter century by revealing and manifesting the works of God (cf Tobias 12:7), the prodigies he worked in them and for them. Thus, they have put out a mural calendar that reminds everyone to praise the Lord always; they have put together in a booklet the simple stories of their vocations that are part of the larger story to be built in and for the Church. In another publication they recall their dean, Mother Dionisia del Cuore Immacolato di Maria (died in 1997). They have also gathered some prayers in a booklet so that the people of God may join with them in praising the Lord.

The silver jubilee celebrations will reach their peak during the week of 18 – 25 April 2004. On each day of the week some special event or person closely associated with the nuns over the years, will be recalled. The General Council of the Order will take part in the celebrations as well as the Prior Provincial of the Italian Province and his Council, Carmelite bishops in Italy (Mgr. Lucio Renna and Mgr. Filippo Iannone) and Mgr. Lorenzo Loppa, bishop of Carpineto Romano. A photographic exhibition of some photos of the nuns will be used as a commentary on the Rule of Carmel. A whole day will be dedicated to Eucharistic adoration whence the community draws its strength to continue its labour. On the last day of the celebrations, Sunday 25 April, candles will be distributed to all present in remembrance of this anniversary. We hope that the celebrations will also be a renewed commitment for each Carmelite nun of this monastery to be ever more light of the world, and, through her life of silence and prayer, to witness to the absolute primacy of God.

Carmel of Sant’Anna, Carpineto Romano Top




PROGRESS IN
THE BEATIFICATION OF MOTHER CANDELARIA


Madre CandelariaRecently the Postulator General of the Carmelite Order, Fr. Felip Amenos, O.Carm., informed us that on 7 October 2003, a Special Congress of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints met to discuss the heroic quality of the virtues of the Servant of God, Candelaria of St. Joseph (in the world: Susanna Paz Castillo Ramírez), Foundress of the Carmelite Sisters of the Regular Third Order in Venezuela (1863-1940). At the end of the discussion, all the Consultors present at the Congress gave an affirmative vote (9 out of 9), and expressed the hope that the Cause of the Servant of God may, if it so pleases the Holy Father, reach the desired aim of her Beatification.
 
The Servant of God came from a middle-class family well-known for its commitment to Venezuela’s patriotic history and descended from the national hero for the independence of Venezuela, Simon Bolivar. Her life takes place in a historical context of wars, blood and suffering. This context reverberates in the sacramental life of little Susanna, who was baptised at the age of 6 months and makes her first communion only at the age of sixteen. As a religious, she is distinguished by the characteristic practise of meeting the radical needs of the poorest girls and the sick, by founding suitable health structures and through the education of young girls. What stands out is her charity – first of all towards her sisters – and her radical external and spiritual poverty, exemplified especially by her detachment when she renounces the position of Superior General and when she travels frequently as a mendicant for the up-keep of her community.

The Consultors declare: "Today, the Institution founded by Mother Candelaria has but a few sisters, because of the very difficult pastoral situation within which the Latin-American Church operates, especially in Venezuela. For this very reason, the desired beatification of Mother Candelaria is meant to produce great spiritual benefits for the local people”.

Postulator General Top





APPOINTMENT TO
THE PEACE COMMUNICATION NETWORK


P. Anthony Cilia, O.Carm.At the General Assembly of Peace Communication Network (PCN), held in Rome on 6 December 2003, Fr. Anthony Cilia, member of the international community of the General Curia of the Carmelites, was elected member of the PCN Administrative Council.

The Peace Communication Network is a consortium of Orders, Congregations, Institutes, Associations and religious groups whose aim is to help members to communicate better through modern and efficient means, especially through the use of internet, so that the Word of God may reach the ends of the earth and come to its fullness. The Consortium was founded in Rome in 1995 by a few religious and now includes some 120 members made up of various groups. In just a few years, the Peace Communication Network succeeded in growing fast and now offers its members many services.

From its inception, Fr. Anthony Cilia, religious of the Maltese Province, has been the delegate of the Carmelite Order for Peace Communication Network. After fifteen years as Director of Centro Internazionale di Informazione dell’Ordine Carmelitano (CITOC), Fr. Anthony is now also a member of the Commission for Communications of the Order and of the Maltese Province and is web master of their websites.

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF
THE DONUM DEI MISSIONARY FAMILY


From 17 November to 5 December 2003, the Donum Dei Missionary Family held its General Assembly in Rome. During those days, delegates from all over the world examined and discussed the works of the Family and made plans for the coming years.

Marie Josèphe Perriot-Comte, Thérèsa Su, Marie Clémentine Paré, Agnès Brethomé, Albertine Quédraogo

On 29 November 2003, the delegates at the assembly elected the General Responsible, the Vice General Responsible and the General Councillors of Family as follows:
General Responsible: Marie Clémentine Paré
Vice General Responsible: Agnès Brethomé
Councillor: Marie Josèphe Perriot-Comte
Councillor: Albertine Ouédraogo
Councillor: Thérèsa Su

The Donum Dei Missionary Family was founded by Fr. Marcel Roussel (1910-1984) of the diocese of Besançon (France) and was affiliated to the Carmelite Order on 22 February 1987, as member of the Carmelite Third Order Secular. At present the Family has about five hundred members working in about thirty houses all over the world.

CITOC - online

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NEW CARMELITE WEB SITES



Philippines
  • Carmel Youth Philippines 

    Indonesia
  • Komunitas Tritunggal Mahakudus 

    Italy
  • Carmelo Santa Maria della Vita, Sogliano al Rubicone  

  • Santa Maria del Carmelo in Traspontina, Roma  
  • Istituto di Nostra Signora del Carmelo, Roma  
  • Studentato Carmelitano "San Pier Tommaso", Roma  


  • Netherlands
  • Titus Brandsma Memorial, Nijmegen 
  • NCI - The Carmelite Institute, Boxmeer  
  • Karmel Twente, Zenderen  


  • Peru
  • Colegio Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Miraflores 

    Spain
  • Hermanas de la Virgen María del Monte Carmelo 
  • Monges Carmelites, Barcelona 


  • United States
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Osprey, Florida  
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