No. 3 – MAY – JUNE 2000
ACTIVITIES OF THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL COUNCIL
FROM THE POSTULATOR GENERAL
CARMELITE CLOISTERED NUNS
GOOD FUTURE FOR CARMELITES IN EAST TIMOR
CARMELITE CHRONICLERS MEET IN THE PHILIPPINES
TITUS BRANDSMA WILL HAVE A MUSEUM IN HIS NATIVE TOWN
INSTITUTE OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
THOUSANDS OF FAITHFUL TAKE PART IN THE PROCESSION IN HAIFA
NEWS IN BRIEF
UPDATE OF ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS
CARMELITE NUNS AROUND THE WORLD: CARMEL OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
CARMELITE MOVEMENTS: COMMUNITY OF THE HOLY TRINITY
OF THE MEMBERS
OF THE GENERAL COUNCIL
Fr. Joseph Chalmers, Prior General
In early May I attended the Chapter of the Maltese Province with Fr.
Alexander Vella, Councillor General. Fr. Amadeo Zammit was re-elected Provincial
for a second triennium and Frs. Joseph Saliba, Robert Farrugia, Martin
Schembri and Michael Farrugia were elected as Provincial Councillors. Before
the Chapter, I attended the opening of a new community centre in our parish
at Fgura. The Deputy Prime Minister of Malta opened the centre. We returned
to Rome on 13 May for a meeting of the General Council.
Fr. Anthony Scerri, Councillor General
One major decision taken during the Assembly was that the Commissariat would send two friars to establish the mission in Kenya next year. The Commissariat already has a difficult mission in Andra Pradesh. Other decisions concerned the acquisition of property in the future, the finances of the Commissariat and formation. The Commissariat of India is young and energetic and full of promise for the future of the Order in India and elsewhere.
The first part of the Assembly grappled with the results of surveys carried out by the Committee for Strategic Planning. These surveys and the discussion during the Assembly gave a clearer notion of future directions for the Province. Other sessions of the Assembly were given to vocations and formation. At present the Province has one novice from Papua New Guinea and a number of men in Australia who are showing some interest in the Order.
In his address to the Assembly, the Provincial, Fr. Frank Shortis, pointed
out that the programme for post-graduate studies for our Carmelite brothers
from Indonesia, India and the Philippines is going well and expressed his
hope that the programme will grow in the future. He also mentioned the
possibility of the Province being able to help in the establishment of
the Order in East Timor. I mentioned the possibility of having some vocations
from Wallis and Futuna and Noumea. The Assembly said that the Australian
Province would be willing to receive these vocations for formation.
FROM THE POSTULATOR GENERAL
That is why the Postulator General was invited by the Council of the General Commissariat of Portugal to clarify the situation. At the Postulator’s suggestion, the Council of the General Commissariat nominated Fr. Francisco Rodrigues, Councillor for the Apostolate, as Vicepostulator. He is the person to whom notification of thanksgiving/miracles through the intercession of Blessed Nuño should be addressed. Thus the task of gathering proof and witnesses, if any, and the study of these will proceed.
Pope Pius XII was prepared to decree the canonisation of Blessed Nuño, but the ambassador then said that the time was not right for the canonisation of the Santo Condestável, the hero of Portugal. Since then there has been little interest in the cause.
CARMELITE CLOISTERED NUNS
* The day after the inauguration of the Carmel Formation Centre in the
Monastery of the Holy Family in Guiguinto, a group of seminarians and priests
belonging to the Carmelite Third Order were received, professed or renewed
their promises during the solemn celebration of Eucharist and Vespers of
the nuns. The Presider, Fr. Domingo Salonga, Spiritual Director of the
triple chapter of Tertiaries in Guiguinto, in his homily, stressed the
importance of prayer, as the essential element of a real Carmelite life.
Eight seminarians were received into the noviciate, nine made their temporary
profession, five renewed their vows and four made their final profession.
CARMELITES IN EAST TIMOR
This story begins with the Hermanas de la Virgen Maria del Monte Carmelo from Orihuela, Spain, who established foundations in East Timor many years ago when it was still a protectorate of Portugal. They remained there during the Indonesian occupation and are still there at present. Over ten years ago, several young men became interested in the Carmelite charism and spirituality and so went to the Sisters in Fatuhada, Dili, to find out more about Carmel. The Sisters began looking after these young men. From this group, some expressed their desire to join the Order. An agreement was then reached between the Sisters and the Indonesian Province that the Sisters would look after these young men as pre-postulants. Those who were deemed to have a genuine vocation were then sent as postulants to Stella Maris in Malang. This has been going on every year to the present.
Because the Indonesian Province has a second postulants’ house dedicated to Bl. Dionysius on the island of Flores, the young men are now sent to Flores which is closer to East Timor both in distance and in culture. The first fruit of the endeavour of the Sisters has been reaped this year with the ordination to the diaconate of the first East Timorese Carmelite, Fr. Agusto Sampaio Da Costa Hopefully, Fr. Agusto will be ordained to the priesthood this year. Each year for many years to come it is foreseen that other Carmelite East Timorese young men will be ordained to the priesthood.
Due to these happy circumstances, the Indonesian Province has decided to make its first foundation in East Timor, especially in the field of spirituality in co-operation with the Carmelite Sisters who have a retreat house in Bobonaro. The bishop of Dili, bishop Ximenes Belo SDB, has been quite agreeable in negotiations and has asked the Indonesian Province to take a parish. For a start, the Province accepted Maubara, one of the stations of Liquica. Thus, in 1998, two Carmelite priests were sent to East Timor, but as a result of the war of independence, this mission was completely destroyed and many people in East Timor were killed including ten religious sisters and four priests.
At present two Carmelite priests are back in East Timor, working hard among refugees who live in deplorable conditions, particularly since the Indonesian government stopped its aid to refugees on 31 March. All the churches and religious Orders and Congregations in Indonesia are doing their utmost to help these refugees, but this is still far from sufficient to lessen their sufferings.
For further information, please contact the Hermanas Carmelitas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
or the Indonesian Province <email@example.com>.
IN THE PHILIPPINES
In the last issue of CITOC we reported a meeting of Carmelite chroniclers in the Antilles, saying that as far as we knew it was the first for our Order. Recently, another meeting of this kind was held in the Philippines with the aim of systematising the Commissariat's archives, documentation and internet / web presentation.
The participants together with Fr. Jose Femilou,
the Franciscan Provincial Archivist.
The meeting of chroniclers of Carmelite communities, which took place on 15-16 February 2000 in Quezon City, was organised by the Secretariat of the Philippines Commissariat and the Titus Brandsma Centre - Media Program. The gathering saw the participation of twelve community representatives and one from the Carmelite Third Order. With the theme "Unleashing Our Collective Memory And Enriching Our Present Identity Towards A Dynamic Filipino Carmel", the meeting was able to identify the documentation needs of the Commissariat in matters concerning both chronicles and archives. It was reported that vital documents concerning the founding of Carmel in the Philippines by the Dutch Carmelite missionaries in 1957 to the early 1960's are in need of immediate preservation, while other documents have yet to be collected for the Commissariat's archives. Those present at the meeting also identified areas for specialised training in the preservation and evaluation of documents. It was agreed that an orientation paper on archives and a guideline for keeping chronicles will be drafted and discussed at the local community level before presenting it to the Chapter meeting in October 2000. The aim of these papers is to achieve a consensus among all community members on the values and requirements for the keeping of chronicles and archives.
Fr. Jose Femilou, OFM, provincial archivist of the Franciscans, Mr. Ambeth Ocampo (former Benedictine monk), a renowned Philippine historian, and Mr. Jason Banico of Andersen Consultancy, an IT Management Company, helped to enrich the two-day meeting of Carmelite chroniclers.
Recently the Carmelite Review (March-April 2000) of the PCM American
Province paid special attention to communication and media in our Order.
It is pleasing to see such attention among our members, communities and
provinces because we are thus sharing in the mission of Christ who became
one of us to communicate to us the endless love of the Father for his people.
WILL HAVE A MUSEUM
IN HIS NATIVE TOWN
World famous Carmelite Fr. Titus Brandsma (Bolsward 1881 - Dachau 1942) will have a museum devoted to his multifaceted personality and remarkable life. The museum will open at the end of this year in his native town of Bolsward, Friesland, in the north of Holland. The exhibition will be largely based on the archives of the Brandsma-Hettinga family, which has been acquired by the Documentary Centre for Catholic Friesland Foundation. Museum and Documentary Centre are located in a three-storey house on the canal side in the historical centre of the Frisian Hanseatic city. The museum has so far received wide support from the Dutch society. A large fundraising campaign will soon start to finance the project.
The Titus Brandsma Museum, an initiative of the Documentary Centre for
Catholic Friesland, wants to preserve permanently in a visual and tangible
way the inspiration that the person of Titus Brandsma still widely exercises
over people. The exhibition is mainly based on the elaborate archive which,
during the last century, the Brandsma-Hettinga family gathered concerning
the person, life and works of Titus Brandsma. The Dutch Carmelite Province
has promised co-operation with regard to the use of the Order’s collection.
Furthermore, the museum will provide a place for the present exhibition
of devout objects, which the Documentary Centre has been exhibiting for
some years. Finally the archive collections of the Documentary Centre will
provide sufficient material for the creation of various temporary exhibitions.
Reconstruction and redecorating: The house acquired recently in the centre of Bolsward to serve as the Documentary Centre is at the moment under examination by the governmental Institute Collection Netherlands (ICN), which studies the mechanical and structural require-ments necessary to guarantee appropriate museum conditions. Two of the three storeys in the main building will offer space for the exhibitions, the third will lodge the storerooms, the personnel and management offices and the Documentary Centre. Also a Meditative Centre will be created reproducing the atmosphere of the prison cell in which Titus Brandsma spent the last months of his life. The present building behind the house will be demolished to make place for a new entrance from the church square. A third exhibition wing can be constructed in due time in the large back garden. The organisation of the Titus Brandsma Museum will depend entirely on voluntary work.
Large fundraising campaign: The costs of the total project (acquisition, reconstruction, redecorating) will amount to an estimated investment of HFL. 1.3 million. A financial basis has already been laid through the loan of HFL. 100.000 by four Frisian institutions and one private person. The diocese of Groningen has supported the initiative and has made a generous donation. In April, the city council of Bolsward is to decide on a proposal by the College of Mayor and Aldermen to a once-only subsidy of HFL 80.000 to the Titus Brandsma Museum, and to guarantee the deficit for the first two years. The Provincial of the Dutch Carmelite Province has also promised support and co-operation, notably concerning contributing to the collection. Soon an elaborate action will start to acquire funds, sponsors and donors for the museum. Various persons have already been contacted to be members of a Recommendation Committee. The Mayor of Bolsward is willing to be Chairman of the Committee.
Right time and place: Even though any time would have been right to establish a Titus Brandsma museum, the Board of the Documentary Centre holds the opinion that now the time is ripe. It surely is no coincidence that recently the Dutch Catholic community proclaimed Titus Brandsma as Catholic of the 20th century and that his canonisation by Pope John Paul II is expected in the near future. It is also logical to establish this museum in the city of Bolsward since it is the town of Titus Brandsma’s youth. Finally the city - throughout the last century known as "Rome of the North" - has a relatively large and vital Catholic parish.
Target groups: The Titus Brandsma Museum focuses on the tourist with a cultural penchant in general, and more especially on people from a Christian and humanistic background, interested in the spirituality of Brandsma. Besides adults who by tradition generally still know the impact of the person of Titus Brandsma, the museum will also attract young people. For that purpose an educational programme will be set up for elementary education. Finally any tourist enjoying the picturesque town centre of Bolsward and strolling between the 16th century city hall, the city boarding house and the 15th century Martini church and who happens to pass by the museum, naturally will be welcome.
For further information please contact: Mr. Tjebbe T. de Jong MA, Chairman
of the Board of the Documentary Centre for Catholic Friesland: E-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
The Istituto di Nostra Signora del Carmelo is committed to a life of constant prayer, contemplation and service of youth, the sick, the aged and parish work. Today the ideal of Maria Teresa Scrilli is carried on by her daughters spread throughout the world, in Italy, Brazil, Canada, India, the Philippines, Poland, the United States and the Czech Republic in some forty houses.
To commemorate the fifth centenary, the Carmelite community of the Carmine
Maggiore in Naples has set up the following programme: 17 May – Eucharistic
celebration presided by Fr. Filippo Iannone (Brun), Vicar General of the
Archdiocese of Naples; 24 May – Eucharistic celebration presided by Mgr.
Lucio Renna (Neap), Bishop of Avezzano; 31 May – Eucharistic celebration
presided by Fr. Joseph Chalmers, Prior General; 7 June – Eucharistic celebration
presided by Mgr. Enzo Pelvi, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Naples;
14 June – A pilgrimage of the Carmelite Family of Campania with a concelebrated
Eucharist presided by Cardinal Michele Giordano, Metropolitan Archbishop
of Naples; 23 September – Diocesan pilgrimage to Rome with the icon of
the Bruna Virgin led by Cardinal Giordano.
OF FAITHFUL TAKE PART
IN THE PROCESSION IN HAIFA
The traditional marian procession in Haifa, which brings together thousands
of faithful from Israel and Palestine, and the other great public manifestation
of the Catholics in the Holy Land, the procession of Palm Sunday, this
year held a surprise on the summit of Mount Carmel. Around the famous Sanctuary
it was possible to realise a large square in an area vacated by the Israeli
armed forces. Here the procession ended magnificently with a discourse
given by the Patriarch Michel Sabbah and with his blessing. In the past
people crowded outside the Sanctuary which could only hold a few hundred
persons. This has always been the most beautiful celebration during the
marian month in the Holy Land, a month which is lived intensely in the
parishes and in Christian families. This year of the Great Jubilee, the
participation was greater than ever. The procession, led by the Discalced
Carmelites, left from the parish church in the centre of Haifa, then wound
its way along the slopes of Mount Carmel up to the Stella Maris sanctuary.
Here Patriarch Sabbah recalled that after the Resurrection, Mary stayed
with the Apostles and the first disciples, united in one spirit. Keeping
in mind the challenges of the new millenn-ium, he then appealed for unity
among Christians in the Holy Land under the protection of Mary.
Cerni essentia veritatis (Miscelánea homenaje al P. Xiberta de la Región Ibérica Carmelita), Región Ibérica Carmelita, 1999, pp. 415. (E-mail: email@example.com)
La Regola del Carmelo, "il Calamo", Roma, 2000, pp. 158. (Website: www.ilcalamo.com)
ABELA, Serafin, O.Carm.,
Il-Karmelitani fi Fleur de Lys 1946-2000, Edizzjoni Il-Karmelu, 1999, pp. 101. (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Carmelite Directory 2000,
Province of Our Lady Help of Christians, Australia,(Edited by David Hofman, O.Carm.), Carmelite Communications, Melbourne, 2000, pp. 40. (E-mail: email@example.com)
Carmelo di Concenedo,
Alessandra di Rudiní Carlotti - La tempesta della passione e la pace dell'anima, Mimep-Docete - Padri Carmelitani Scalzi, Milano, 2000, pp. 224. (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Carmelo di Concenedo,
Musica e viaggi nel cuore dei "Tre" - Biografia della Beata Elisabetta della Trinità, Mimep-Docete - Padri Carmelitani Scalzi, Milano, 2000, pp. 256. (E-mail: email@example.com)
Carmelo di Concenedo,
"Punto" contro Hitler: Un sorriso agli aguzzini - Beato Tito Brandsma, Carmelitano martire, Mimep-Docete - Padri Carmelitani Scalzi, Milano, 2000, pp. 256. (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
CAVIGLIA, Giuseppe, OCD.,
Il Card. Anastasio Ballestrero - Memoria e presenza, Mimep-Docete - Padri Carmelitani Scalzi, Milano, 2000, pp. 240. (E-mail: email@example.com)
Commissione mista O.Carm - OCD per il Giubileo 2000,
Roma carmelitana - Un pellegrinaggio fra le memorie carmelitane della Città Eterna, Curie Generalizie O.Carm - OCD, 2000, pp. 240. (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
GARRIDO, Pablo María, O.Carm.,
El solar carmelitano de San Juan de la Cruz (Los conventos de la antigua provincia de Castilla 1416-1836), BAC, Madrid, 2000, pp. 519. (E-mail: email@example.com)
Nella ricorrenza del 50° anno di erezione a parrocchia 1949-1999,
Parrocchia S. Maria del Carmine, Roma, 1999, pp. 64.
O'SULLIVAN, Tracy; PEREIRA, Berthold, O.Carm.,
Justice and Peace, (Carmelite Spiritual Directory Project - Horizons 18), Carmelite Communications, Melbourne, 2000, pp. 44. (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
RENNA, Mons. Lucio M., O.Carm.,
Con Maria pellegrini nel tempo verso l'Eterno, Diocesi di Avezzano, 1999, pp. 40.
In Cammino verso la Resurrezione, Diocesi di Avezzano, 2000, pp. 36. (E-mail: email@example.com)
SCAPIN, Santino, carmelitano,
Lampada per i miei passi . . . (Lectio divina su vari passi biblici), Centro Stampa Carmelitano, Roma, 2000, pp. 224. (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Intimità - Avventura ta' mhabba mieghu, Patrijiet Karmelitani Terezjani, Malta, 2000.
Thérèse - Living on Love - The Life and Impact of Thérèse
(A Television Documentary), The Elijah Project and Frank Frost Productions, Inc., 55 minutes. (E-mail: Robco@attglobal.net)
N.B. For inclusion of publications and other information in this list, CITOC requests that a copy of the new publication and a short notice about its content be sent to: CITOC, Curia Generalizia dei Carmelitani, Via Giovanni Lanza 138, 00184 - Rome, Italy.
With regard to the Carmelite Library, another copy should be sent to: The Carmelite Library, Via Sforza Pallavicini 10, 00193 - Rome, Italy. Publications for review in CARMELUS: A copy should be sent to: The Book Review Editor, CARMELUS, Via Sforza Pallavicini 10, 00193 - Rome, Italy.
NEWS IN BRIEF
The Carmelites from the PCM Province arrived in Peru in 1949. The Commissariat maintains communities in the Lima area as well as in the Prelature of Sicuani. Eighteen Carmelites minister in Peru. Eight are Peruvian natives. Fr. Raul Maravi, a Peruvian, is doing Biblical studies in Rome, Italy.
Changed phone / fax numbers
Rio de Janeiro Province
Convento de São José, Rua Clodomiro Amazonas, 50, Itaim-Bibi, 04537-000 Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil. Tel: 011-3845.8323; Fax: 011-3849.5567
Comunità Carmelitana, Santuario della Madonna, Via Conte Agostino Pepoli, 194, 91100 Trapani, Italy. Fax: 0923.503028
- Klasztor OO. Karmelitów, waj. Wloclawskie, Obory 38, 87-645 p. Zbójno, Poland. Tel. (054) 2870059
- Klasztor OO. Karmelitów, woj. Wloclawskie, Trutowo, 87-619 Wola k. Lipna, Poland. Tel. (054) 2894487
- Klasztor OO. Karmelitów, woj. Siedeckie, 21-481 Wola Gulowska, Poland. Tel. (025) 7559880
Upper German Province
Convento do Carmo, Cx. Postal 31, 78978-000 Rolim De Moura, RO, Brazil. Tel. 069-442.6072
New e-mail addresses
Rio de Janeiro Province
|De Oliveira, Lino
Xavier Gomes, Evaldo
|Cahyo Sulistiono, Antonius Denny
Djawa, Yohanes Don Bosco
Formation Center, Cebu
Novitiate House, Manila
O. L. of Mt. Carmel Parish, Wentworthville
St. Joseph Parish, Port Melbourne
|"Il Carmine", San Felice del Benaco (BR)||<email@example.com>|
(N.B. For an update list of all Carmelite e-mail addresses see page
8 January 2000
Francisco de Assis Costa Filho (Pern)
José Washington de Santana (Pern)
Ruterlan Jacele de Sousa (Pern)
Sergionei Ancelmo da Silva (Pern)
26 February 2000
Paul Lonot Sireh (Aust)
9 January 2000
Cicero Pereira Alencar (Pern)
José Cláudio de Alencar Batista (Pern)
Cidmário Bezerra de Arruda (Pern)
Erivan Nuto Liberalino (Pern)
Juracy Barbosa Alves Junior (Pern)
Donizete M. da Silva (GerS-Par)
Flávio Barbosa dos Santos (GerS-Par)
Junior C da Silva de Oliveira (GerS-Par)
25 Years Simple Profession
15 August 2000
Mª Bernardita Blanco Alarilla (CAB)
Mª L. Casanovas i Capdevila (VIC)
23 August 2000
M. Alberta della Croce Diana (CER)
29 August 2000
Martin Sankey (Brit)
Anthony Lester (Brit)
31 August 2000
Tadeusz Janowiak (Pol)
50 Years Simple Profession
6 July 2000
Mª P. San Romualdo Egido (MAD)
25 July 2000
Luis Ma. Ruano Ramírez (Baet)
José Donaire González (Baet)
31 July 2000
Lukasz (Wincenty) Semik (Pol)
Ryszard (Wenanty) Bryg (Pol)
13 August 2000
Juliana Alonso Mediavilla (VLS)
24 August 2000
M. Francesca Ciliberti (CAE)
M. Raffaella Mazzamurro (CAE)
27 August 2000
Elías (Miguel) Arribas Sombria (Cast)
Felipe Mayor Villar (Cast)
Andrés (Francisco) Ortíz Pérez (Cast)
Juan De Dios Sanz (Cast)
Roberto Ballesteros Bayón (Cast)
30 August 2000
Robert (Franklin) Tasker (PCM)
Ignatius (Guy) McPartland (PCM)
John Malley (PCM)
Joseph (Rocco) Di Leonardi (PCM)
John (Tiernan) O'Callaghan (PCM)
Kevin Shanley (PCM)
Albert (Roy) Ontiveros (PCM)
18 March 2000
Aleksander Pikor (Pol)
Zbigniew Czerwien (Pol)
Janusz Janowiak (Pol)
7 May 2000
Dása Bártková (VET)
25 March 2000
Michael Cox (Brit)
25 March 2000
Michelangelo Pellegrino (Neap)
15 April 2000
Giampiero Molinari (Ita)
27 May 2000
Almir Geraldo M. de Andrade (Pern)
Francisco Damião Silva (Pern)
25 Years Priestly Ordination
13 July 2000
Francisco Sabino (Angelo) Duarte (Lus)
20 July 2000
Paul-Günther (Richard) Winter (GerS)
Gerald (Peter) Toner (Hib)
22 August 2000
John Powell (Aust)
29 August 2000
Paul Chandler (Aust)
Hugh Brown (Aust)
30 August 2000
Edward Adelmann (PCM)
50 Years Priestly Ordination
2 July 2000
Hendrikus Egberink (Neer)
Gerhardus (Otgerus) Steggink (Neer)
5 July 2000
Arcangelo Siciliano (Brun)
9 July 2000
Martinus van Gelderen (Neer)
Bernardus Nijhuis (Neer)
Franciscus Schreuder (Neer)
Franciscus (Cosmas) Peters (Neer)
16 July 2000
James McCouaig (Hib)
Patrick (Eltin) Griffin (Hib)
31 December 1999
Terry Pfender (PCM)
12 February 2000
Mark Dittami (PCM)
18 March 2000
Brendan Hourihan (SEL)
2 April 2000
Brocard Sewell (Brit)
CARMELITE NUNS AROUND THE WORLD
THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Address: Rua António de Gouveia
7800, Beja, Alentejo
On 18 July 1953, the Portuguese religious who were in the Spanish monastery,
wrote to the bishop of Beja, Mgr. José do Patrocinio Dias, asking
for permission to make a foundation in his diocese. The bishop, who for
a long time desired to have a monastery of contemplative life in his diocese,
accepted the request of the religious with great joy. After obtaining the
necessary permissions from the Major Superiors and the Congregation for
Religious Institutes, the foundation was started. The religious arrived
in Beja on 22 April 1954 and lived in a temporary house belonging to the
diocese, generously offered by the bishop and adapted to cloistered life.
The bishop, Mgr. José do Patrocinio Dias, never ceased to show his
affection for "his Carmelites" and visited them almost daily to find out
what they needed. Also Fr. Bartolome Xiberta, Assistant General, always
paid great attention to the community, either by correspondence or by visiting
them personally for "Spiritual Exercises".
Over the years, the house became too small. A married couple from Beja, Mrs. Maria Benedicta Guerreiro dà Cruz Martins and Mr. Francisco Maria dà Cruz Martins, who were aware of the needs of the community, offered the nuns a piece of land for the construction of a new monastery. The building of the monastery was started immediately because some of the nuns were not well and because of the limited scope of the house to be cloistered. On 21 June 1963, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the day Paul VI was elected Pope, the first stone of the new monastery was blessed by the bishop of the diocese, Mgr. José do Patrocinio Dias. During the ceremony the bishop expressed the hope that the building works would proceed without great obstacles and that the monastery would be finished soon. On this occasion, the auxiliary bishop, Mgr. Antonio Cardoso Cunha, a great friend of Carmel, was present as well as other civil and ecclesiastical authorities.
In fact, many difficulties were met with in the building of the new
monastery, especially the lack of funds. However, with God’s help and the
collaboration of many persons, on 24 May 1971, the nuns moved into the
new monastery. The bishop of the diocese, Mgr. Manuel dos Santos Rocha,
presided at the Holy Mass. The monastery was solemnly inaugurated on 16
July 1973 in the presence of many relatives, friends, religious and civil
authorities. The bishop of the diocese presided over the proceedings.
On 6 August 1977, after a long dialogue with Fr. José Cardoso, Procurator General of the Order, and Fr. Antonio Monteiro, Provincial Commissary of Portugal, the community unanimously accepted to pass from the jurisdiction of the local ordinary to that of the Order.
From its very foundation, the community has been especially dear to
the people of the city. They appreciate the life of the Carmelites who
are entirely consecrated to the Lord in prayerful service to their brothers
CARMELITE MOVEMENTS - 4
OF THE HOLY TRINITY
(Komunitas Tritunggal Mahakudus)
The Community of the Holy Trinity is a lay covenant community, founded by Putri Karmel and Carmelitae Sancti Eliae (cf. CITOC 1999, 43-44) during a retreat held on 9-11 January 1987 in Malang, Indonesia. The main idea underlying the formation of this group is to give a solid and on-going Catholic and spiritual formation for the lay people who are active and eager to know the Lord in a deeper and more intimate way.
Through Initial Retreats it was observed that many lay people had a genuine and deep conversion and an experience of God. Many of these experiences renewed their life deeply and permanently. After this conversion their life was changed totally. Through these spiritual experiences their way of life and their world-view were changed deeply. They experienced a radical shift in values, where they saw everything in a new light, the light of faith. After these retreats Jesus became a real living person for them, whereas before He was rather distant and vague. They experienced Him as their Lord and Saviour and He became the centre of their life. Many experienced a dramatic change and renewal, and not a few experienced a freedom from certain bondage. Their joy and happiness was visible on their faces and the obvious change could easily be observed. Prayer, reading and pondering the Word of God had become a real need for them. Many spent more than one hour every day in prayer and Scripture reading. They really hunger and thirst for the word of God and for a deeper knowledge of God. It is interesting to note that many of the members were formerly unchurched people.
From these observations and considerations, it was concluded that they needed a community and formation so that they could grow spiritually. For this reason, in a retreat held in January 1987, the idea was proposed to them to build a covenant community, where these people would be able to commit themselves and receive a continuous formation. To this proposal many responded enthusiastically. Thus the Community of the Holy Trinity was born. They grow steadily from day to day, in number and in maturity. A few months ago they counted about 1500 members, young and old.
Life, spirituality and apostolate
The whole life of the community is based on life in cells. The whole community is divided into cells. Several cells form an area, several areas form a district and several districts become a region, and eventually several regions will form a province. Up to the present, the community has only 2 regions.
The life of the community is focused on the cells. As the human body consists of many cells, so it is with this community. Each cell consists of 4-15 members. The life principle of the cell is growth. A healthy cell must grow and multiply. Every one has to have a missionary spirit and bring another person to the cell, so that the number of people in the cell grows continually and when they reach 15, they have to be divided into two new cells, thus each cell remains small and can preserve personal relationships and intimacy among the members.
The cell is led by a cell-servant and assisted by an assistant cell-servant, chosen from the cell. The word servant is used for the leader in order to remind them that to be a leader is to serve. These cell servants have to undergo training for several weeks in order to enable them to lead their cells and after that they still receive on-going formation. When a cell has grown into two new cells, the assistant becomes the new cell-servant. Normally each cell meets twice a month, but there are cells which meet every week. During the cell meetings they praise and worship the Lord with songs and prayer; they share reflections on a passage of Scripture, chosen beforehand, and they share their daily experiences in the light of faith. After that they pray for each other according to individual needs, and during the week they pray for each other through special intentions. In this way a Christian brotherhood is formed. Beside cell meetings, they also hold an area meeting regularly, usually for instruction.
Each member has to make a gradual commitment. First, every member has to dedicate at least an hour a day for prayer and Scripture reading, attend at least one Eucharist during the week, and confess regularly. People are incorporated gradually into the community. They have to undergo a program of formation and stay a certain length of time in order to be able to graduate from one stage to the next. This formation is given in the spirit and in line with the rich heritage of Carmel.
The members of the community come from very different backgrounds: young and old, simple and very educated people, doctors, lawyers, business-men, simple working people, and members of the armed forces. There are also students' cells, which are flourishing. The cells are spreading over several cities in Indonesia and several cells are establishing themselves in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, but until now only among Indonesian migrants.
The community is open to whatever needs there are in the Church. However,
priority is given to the formation of its members. For the time being much
time and energy is spent on this formation, thus, as a community, they
don't have any specific outside project. But these communities form their
members in such a way that they become the salt of their respective parishes
and work and minister to the people around them in union with their pastors.
Many of the members have prominent and important positions in the parish.
Until the present, besides ministering to each other in the community,
they care for the sick and the lonely, helping the poor, ministering among