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N. 6 - NOVEMBER 1999

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image A PROJECT FOR THE POOR OF THE STREETS
image CARMELITE THIRD ORDER IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
image FIRST STEPS FOR THE CARMELITE FRIARS IN TANZANIA
image INAUGURATION OF THE DOMUS CARMELITANA
image THE POPE PROCLAIMS THREE WOMEN SAINTS PATRONS OF EUROPE
image NAMED BISHOP PRELATE OF SICUANI (PERU)
image 3rd MEETING OF ITALIAN LAY CARMELITES
image RELICS OF SAINT THERESE IN THE UNITED STATES
image 750 YEARS OF CARMELITE PRESENCE IN THE NETHERLANDS
image A SON OF CARMEL DECLARED VENERABLE
image FIRST CARMELITE VOCATION FOR THE ORDER IN TRINIDAD
image THE LAY CARMELITES OF MERIDA IN VENEZUELA
image THE "ROMANIAN PROJECT" OF THE ITALIAN CARMELITES
image WHITEFRIAR STREET COMMUNITY CENTRE
image THE FIRST CARMELITE PRIEST FROM IVORY COAST
image CARMELITE SPIRITUAL DIRECTORY
image CENTENARY AND INAUGURATION CELEBRATIONS AT CISA
image INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CARMELITE FORMATORS
image "IUBILAEUM ANNO DOMINI 2000 – ROMA CARMELITANA"


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A PROJECT FOR
THE POOR OF THE STREETS


São Paolo (Brazil) is the largest city in South America and the second in Latin America. There is a considerable number of homeless people in the city. It is the most violent city in Brazil and has the highest number of murders and street accidents. Women and children who live on the streets are often victims of physical violence and sexual abuse. They are also the victims of drug dealers. The State and the government do not have a serious plan in place for these people, and to make matters worse, economic problems increase the numbers of desperate people.

A Carmelite friar distributing packed lunches

To help these poor people, since last year, the Carmelite Province of Rio de Janeiro, together with the lay people of the parish of St. Teresa of Jesus, is carrying out a project called "Isidore Bakanja", in São Paolo, Brazil. Its aim is to bear witness to the Gospel in solidarity with the poor, offering them the possibility of regaining their human dignity, their civic rights and of reinserting themselves into society. Those who take part in the project are people of all classes and faiths, who believe in the dignity of the person, without distinction of sex, race or creed, and who help on a voluntary basis. In order to approach the people of the streets, the members of the group offer one meal per day to about 250 persons, a simple meal but full of affection and love. For the sake of good organisation, there is a team which co-ordinates the project in its administrative, social, religious and human aspects. Thus there are seven co-ordinators of work groups, one for each day of the week.

The Isidore Bakanja Project is maintained by the generous gifts of those who believe in the dignity of the human person of our needy brothers and sisters. All gifts are welcome (food, clothing, money, furniture, etc.).

For further information:
E-mail: Fr. Antonio Silvio da Costa Junior, O.Carm.
Website: www.terravista.pt/llhadoMel/2684/bakanja.htm




CARMELITE THIRD ORDER
IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC


The collapse of the Communist regime in the Czech Republic at the end of 1989 opened the way not only to unrestrained development of religious communities but also to the renewal or rather fresh re-assembling of groups of Carmelite laity, i.e. the Third Order. Many volunteers and benefactors who helped the friars with the reconstruction of their monastery in Kostelní Vydrí, many parishioners in places cared for by the Carmelites, and other believers as well are interested in getting more closely connected with the Order.

The first group of tertiaries was established in 1991, the first common tertiary profession was made in 1992. At that time, people interested in the Carmelite Third Order used to have formation meetings twice a year. The friars first began to give them a three-day retreat every year. Since the summer of 1996, the formation meetings have been organised at several places in the Czech Republic for the greater convenience of the participants. Also their frequency has increased to every month or every second month. Thus the participating groups can grow in real companionship. These groups consist of people who are young and old. The basic tertiary guidelines are to be found in the Rule of the Third Order. Its proposal has been drawn by the Czech Carmelites, and will be submitted to the General Council of the Order to be approved.

This year, 66 novices made their profession during the national meeting of tertiaries in Kostelní Vydrí which was held on the day of Commemoration of the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady. Some 230 persons participated at a recent retreat for tertiaries and friends of Carmel. Altogether the Carmelite Order has about 200 Third Order members in the Czech Republic.

For further information:
E-mail: Fr. Gorazd Cetkovsky, O.Carm.




FIRST STEPS FOR THE CARMELITE FRIARS
IN TANZANIA


With the ordination to the priesthood of the first Tanzanian Carmelite, Fr. Paul Innocent Kaigalura, which took place on 12 September 1999 at the hands of the Cardinal Archbishop of Naples, Michele Giordano, the Carmelites of the General Commissariat of "La Bruna" (Naples) now sees their missionary wish take a more concrete form.

Fr. Paul Innocent during his Diaconate ordination

Meanwhile, six other young Tanzanians are in formation in Naples and together with Fr. Paul are meant to strengthen the Carmelite presence in Tanzania along with the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. Indeed, it is thanks to the Carmelite sisters in Chang’ombe (Dar-es-Salaam), who have been there since 1984, that these young men got to know the Carmelite charism. We hope that these living stones will continue to grow so that as soon as three will have been ordained to the priesthood, they will then join themselves to the spiritual edifice of the Tanzanian Church.

For further information:
E-mail: Fr. Beniamino Resta, O.Carm.




INAUGURATION OF
THE DOMUS CARMELITANA


On 25 September 1999, at 17.30, many people gathered in the Domus Carmelitana, St. Albert Patriarch of Jerusalem, for the inauguration of the house by the Prior General of the Carmelites and his Council, the RE group, SIAT, and Castelli S.I.I.S. Before the blessing of the house took place, speeches were given by Fr. Vincenzo Mosca, delegate of the Carmelite Order, bishop Lucio Renna, O.Carm., bishop of Avezzano, and bishop Michael Louis Fitzgerald, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

In his introductory remarks, Fr. V. Mosca said that "The official name of this House underscores certain spiritual and historical driving forces in the life of the Order of the Brothers of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel . . . . . The first hermitage of the Carmelites on Mount Carmel was on the way which led pilgrims from Acre to Jerusalem and which through various routes joined the famous Via Francigena which in turn led to Rome and the most important sanctuaries of the day: Saint Michel in France, Santiago de Compostella in Spain, San Michele in the area of Gargano, Apulia. The welcoming of pilgrims has then been from the beginning one of the commitments of the Hermit Brothers of Mount Carmel…. Mount Carmel is mentioned in Scripture as a place of luxuriant growth and of particular beauty, but it is particularly famous for the feats worked there by the prophet Elijah who is venerated by Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Pilgrimage, Jerusalem, interreligious dialogue, these are some of the driving forces recalled in the apostolic exhortation Tertio Millenio Adveniente and in the Bull of indiction for the Jubilee Incarnationis Mysterium of John Paul II. In this latter text the Pope writes: "May this Jubilee take us one more step towards reciprocal dialogue until the day when all together, Hebrews, Christians and Muslims, will exchange the greeting of peace in Jerusalem". In the Jubilee Year of 2000, by means of this new House, the Carmelites wish to establish a sign of welcome to pilgrims who will come to Rome; to create a visionary bridge between Rome and Jerusalem, between East and West, between Hebrews, Christians and Muslims, and to commit themselves to the promotion of dialogue between peoples and to peace; to rediscover some aspects of their origin and of their charism by a careful inculturation of the faith."

Via Alberico II is on top right

Situated in Via Alberico II, no. 44, in the heart of the most central quarter of Prati in Rome, 500 metres from the Basilica of St. Peter, near the most interesting places of the capital, served by means of transport connected to railways and airports, the Domus Carmelitana has 53 rooms with 106 beds. The rooms are en-suite, have central heating and air-conditioning, satellite television, telephone and refrigerator bar. The house also has a reception area with welcoming atmosphere, a dining room with international, kosher and Muslim menus, a bar, a panoramic furnished terrace, an internal garden courtyard, a meeting room with projection cabin, a room for interreligious dialogue and the possibility of liturgical celebrations in the Chapel of the attached International Centre of St. Albert.

For further information: Tel. (+39) 06-6840191
E-mail: Domus Carmelitana




THE POPE PROCLAIMS THREE WOMEN SAINTS PATRONS OF EUROPE


On 2 October 1999, at the opening celebration for the European Synod, John Paul II proclaimed St. Brigid, St. Catherine and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (in the world, Edith Stein), new co-patrons of Europe together with Sts. Benedict of Norcia and the two brothers Cyril and Methodius. To these illustrious witnesses of Christ, the Pope has wished to add female figures, also in order to underline the great role that women have played in the ecclesiastic and civil history of the continent to this day.

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

The three women saints chosen as co-patrons of Europe are all in some way connected with the history of the Continent. "To proclaim Edith Stein co-patron of Europe today – observes John Paul II – means to place on the horizon of the old Continent a standard of respect, of tolerance, of welcome, which invites men and women to understand each other and to accept one another beyond ethnic, cultural and religious differences, in order to form a truly fraternal society." Edith Stein, who came from a Hebrew family, abandoned her brilliant scholarly career to become a Discalced Carmelite nun and died in the concentration camp of Auschwitz. She symbolises the dramas of Europe during this century. Brigid of Sweden and Catherine of Siena, who both lived in the XIV century, worked tirelessly for the Church taking to heart the fortunes of Europe. Thus Brigid, who consecrated herself to God after having lived to the full her vocation as a spouse and mother, travelled through Europe from North to South workingwithout cease for the unity of Christians and died in Rome. Catherine, humble and fearless Dominican tertiary, brought peace to her Siena, to Italy and to the Europe of the XIV century. She spent her energies unsparingly for the Church, succeeding in bringing the Pope back from Avignon to Rome.

In these new patrons, so rich in supernatural and human gifts, may Christians and religious communities of all faiths, as well as citizens and States of Europe, all sincerely committed to the search for truth and the common good, find their inspiration.

For further information:
E-mail: Fr. Felip Amenos, O.Carm.




NAMED BISHOP PRELATE
OF SICUANI (PERU)


On 26 July 1999 John Paul II named Fr. Miguel La Fay Bardi, member of the American Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, Bishop Prelate of Sicuani, Cusco, (Peru).

Fr. Miguel La Fay Bardi was born on 11 November 1934 in Chelsea, archdiocese of Boston (United States). He completed his philosophical studies at Mount Carmel College in Niagara Falls, Ontario (Canada) and his theological studies at the Carmelite Seminary of Whitefriars Hall, in Washington. He made his solemn profession in 1957 and was ordained priest on 4 July 1960 in Hamilton, Massachusetts. He obtained a license in Theology at the university of Lima and a degree in Spirituality at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He was assistant parish priest and parish priest of Nuestra Señora del Carmen (Lima) and Regional Superior of the Carmelites in Peru (1993-1996). Before his nomination he was responsible for the Peruvian Carmelite candidates in formation.

The Episcopal Ordination of Fr. La Fay Bardi as Bishop of Sicuani, took place on 15 October 1999, Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, in the Basilica Cathedral of Lima, Peru. The principal consecrators were his Eminence Augusto Cardinal Vargas Alzamora, S.J., the Most Rev. Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne and the Most Rev. Alberto Brazzini Díaz-Ufano.

For further information:
E-mail: Bishop Miguel La Fay, O.Carm.




3rd MEETING OF
ITALIAN LAY CARMELITES


Lay Carmelites of the Italian Province met in the Carmel of Sassone (Rome) from 26 to 30 August 1999 for their usual triennial meeting. This year’s meeting took place within the framework of preparations for the Jubilee year 2000. About two hundred tertiaries and friends of Carmel from various parts of the Province took part.

The theme of the meeting was "Lay Carmelites of the Third Millennium: contemplatives in the world". The two main talks were by Prof. Carmelo Dotolo, "The lay person of the third millennium in dialogue with God and with his fellowmen", and by Fr. Roberto Toni, "Elijah, man of God and of the people". Both talks created much interest and were used as starting points for further discussion arising mostly from the experience of those present. At the end of the meeting, Fr. Giovanni Grosso gave a summary of the conclusions of all that had taken place, inviting the participants to translate these conclusions into practice. The spirit of friendship and fraternity was evident at the times of prayer and at the two joyful evenings when many participants contributed enjoyable attractions.

At the meeting, the provincial President of the Lay Carmelites was elected by the local and area superiors. They re-elected Mr. Alfio Parisi, who thanked those present for the trust they placed in him and reaffirmed his own commitment to Carmel and to the laity of the whole Province.

For further information:
E-mail: Fr. Giovanni Grosso, O.Carm.




RELICS OF SAINT THERESE
IN THE UNITED STATES


At present the reliquary of St. Thérèse of Lisieux is travelling through much of the United States. The relics of the "Little Flower" arrived from Argentina on 4 October 1999 and will remain in the States until 30 January 2000. They will travel by car and by plane to over fifty cities in twenty-two states.

The project developed in 1995 when a committee of Carmelite and Discalced Carmelite Friars began preliminary inquiries to bring the reliquary to the United States. The Committee is made up of one Carmelite Friar from each of the five Carmelite Provinces in the United States. The original planning Committee was made up of Frs. Donald Kinney, OCD, Chairman, Matthew Faulkner, O.Carm., James Curiel, OCD, Robert Colaresi, O.Carm., and Jude Peters, OCD. On 8 December 1995, Fr. Raymond Zambelli, Rector of the Basilica of Lisieux, gave official permission for the relics of St. Thérèse to travel to the United States. On 14 March 1997 the five Carmelite Provincials formally approved the project. On 24 June 1997 Bishop Anthony Pilla, President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, granted official permission for the relics to travel throughout the dioceses of the United States.

The reliquary of St. Thérèse

The reliquary itself is a beautiful composition of jacaranda wood and gilt silver. This is not the brass and white enamel reliquary which was taken on pilgrimage in Europe and to St. Peter's Basilica for the ceremonies of the Doctorate of St. Thérèse. Because that reliquary is extremely valuable and fragile, it was decided that a second reliquary, almost identical in shape and size, would be used for her round-the-world travels. The reliquary weighs 140 kilos and is permanently mounted on a wooden tray. For security, the whole reliquary is covered with a clear, permanent, plexiglass cover.

It is the five Carmelite Provinces (O.Carm - OCD) in the United States who are assuming full responsibility for the relics while on tour in the country, including all organisation, expenses, publicity and security. Individuals from each location where the relics will stay have been appointed to a Central Committee which will help organise the visit at their site, provide security and arrange for the transportation to the next site. After almost four months, the relics will leave the United States on 30 January 2000 for the Philippines.

For further information:
Website: www.littleflower.org/slf/relics.htm




750 YEARS OF CARMELITE PRESENCE
IN THE NETHERLANDS


The first Carmelites arrived in the Netherlands in 1249. To commemorate the 750 anniversary of Carmelite presence in the Netherlands, on 11 September 1999, the Dutch Province organised a special programme. Present for the occasion were: Prior General of the Carmelite Order, Fr. Joseph Chalmers, Prepositus General of the Discalced Carmelite Order, Fr. Camilo Maccise, and about 350 members of the Carmelite Family of both Orders.

The programme included:

  1. A lecture by Fr. Theo Zweerman, OFM, professor in spirituality at the University of Utrecht. The theme of his lecture was: "A Desire for God in Modern Society", with reactions by Fr. Kees Waaijman, O.Carm., and Fr. Frits Tillmans, OCD.
  2. The official institution by Prior General, Fr. Joseph Chalmers, of the "Karmelbeweging" as a Carmelite Third Order Chapter.
  3. The presentation of the English translation of the book on the Rule The Mystical Space written by Fr. Kees Waaijman.
  4. A liturgy on the theme "Caritate Media". For this liturgy Sr. Bernadette, OCD, made 3 beautiful icons: Mary, Mother of Carmel (La Bruna); St. Albert, writing the Rule; St. Albert, handing over the Rule to the Carmelites.
  5. A letter of the two Provincials, Fr. Tjeu Timmermans, O.Carm., and Fr. Frits Tillmans, OCD, about the 750 years of Carmel in the Netherlands.
  6. The presentation of a commemorative Medal "Caritate Media".

(1999-2000 Mirthe Sleper OCDS)

The participants at the celebration were the brothers and sisters belonging to the Carmelite Order and the Discalced Carmelite Order, the Third Order members of O.Carm. and OCD, the associated members and the Lay Carmelite Movement. The atmosphere was very fraternal and an expression of the Carmelite common journey in the Land of Carmel with its delicious fruits.

For further information:
E-mail: Fr. Tjeu Timmermans, O.Carm.




A SON OF CARMEL
DECLARED VENERABLE


On 28 June 1999, John Paul II signed the decrees concerning 18 causes, among which was the recognition of the heroic practice of the virtues of Fr. George Preca, Maltese Carmelite Tertiary.

Fr. George was born on 12 February 1880 in a Carmelite environment. His very devout and exemplary family lived in Valletta, a few steps from the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. As a child, as was the custom then, George was enrolled in the Carmelite Family through the imposition of the Scapular. As a youth he entered the major seminary to begin his studies in philosophy and theology. He was ordained priest on 22 December 1906.

He was not satisfied with doing the minimum in what concerned his Christian and priestly life. From childhood, George always wore the Scapular, and later as a grown up he wanted to commit himself more and more to the following of Our Lady and thus became a Carmelite Tertiary. He was admitted in St. Venera (Malta) on 21 July 1918 by Fr. Cyril Ellul, O.Carm., and made his profession on 26 September the following year in the presence of Fr. Frank Ellul, O.Carm. At his profession he chose the name of Brother Frank, after the Carmelite Blessed Franco of Siena. He knew well the life of Blessed Franco and sought to imitate his virtues. He really felt a member of the Carmelite Family, so much so that several times in his writings he calls himself a Carmelite, using his Third Order name rather than his own. He was frequently invited by the local Directors of the Third Order to give talks in various centres. In 1951 he collaborated with the Carmelites in celebrating the VII Centenary of the Scapular. In recognition of his untiring spreading of devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Fr. George was affiliated to the Carmelite Order by the Prior General, Fr. Kilian Lynch.

A picture depicting Fr. George and his devotion to the Brown Scapular

Fr. George spent his final years in the Carmelite parish of St. Venera. His relationship with the Carmelites was cordial and friendly. Before he died, Fr. Kilian Azzopardi, O.Carm., administered the last sacraments to him. He died in 1962, the year of the Second Vatican Council. He will be remembered for his sanctity, but he will also be remembered as the founder of the Society of Christian Doctrine, often called MUSEUM, the acronym of "Magister, Utinam Sequatur Evangelium Universus Mundus" ("Lord, would that the whole world follow the Gospel!"). The originality of this initiative of Fr. George lay in the fact that the teaching of the catechism was done by trained lay people.

For further information:
Website: www.geocities.com/Athens/8360




FIRST CARMELITE VOCATION FOR THE ORDER
IN TRINIDAD


On 31 May 1999 four north American Carmelite novices made their First Profession of Vows at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, New York. Fr. Leo McCarthy, Provincial of the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, presided at the Mass and Fr. Mario Esposito, Provincial of the Province of St. Elias, concelebrated and was the homilist. Three candidates are doing their studies in Theology in preparation for the priesthood at Whitefriars Hall in Washington. The other candidate, Br. Gerard Araujo Tang Choon, of St. Elias Province, is back in his homeland, Trinidad-Tobago, West Indies, where he begun his studies at the St. John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs Seminary on Mount Saint Benedict in Tunapuna, Trinidad, in preparation for the priesthood. Br. Gerard is the first Carmelite vocation for the male branch of the Order in this country. The Province of St. Elias established the presence of the Carmelite Order in Trinidad by sending Fr. John Horan (August 1998) and Fr. Francis Amodio (August 1999).

For further information:
E-mail: Fr. Paul Denault, O.Carm.




THE LAY CARMELITES OF MERIDA
IN VENEZUELA


On 11 July 1999, in the chapel of the Carmelite seminary in Merida, a simple ceremony took place. This ceremony was of great significance for the Venezuelan Carmel. Twenty-four lay people made their profession, promising to live the Gospel according to the spirit of Carmel. It was an event of great joy for the professed and for the whole local community who accompanied them with their prayers.

This was the realisation of the wish of the Carmelites in Merida: the establishment of the Carmelite Third Order, a moment of grace for the Church and the Order. On the same day, thirteen aspirants and fifteen lay postulants, who had started their formation some months previously, promised to continue on their journey following the Carmelite spirituality so that they too in the near future would become members of the Carmelite Third Order. The participation of these lay people in the life of Carmel is a sign of great joy for the local Church because it is also through them that the Holy Spirit shares his gifts.

For further information:
E-mail: Comunidad Carmelita




THE "ROMANIAN PROJECT"
OF THE ITALIAN CARMELITES


After a recent visit to Romania, Fr. Carlo Cicconetti, Provincial, reported that the project of the Italian Province, namely, that of presenting to the Romanian Church a sanctuary dedicated to Mary and Elijah as a place of pilgrimage and spiritual refreshment, is quite advanced.

Fr. Cicconetti says: ". . . . . I have visited the building site and I noted that the works are going well: the monastery for the friars is already roofed, the electrical and heating systems have been installed; the building for the pilgrims and the convent of the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus will be roofed soon, before winter. The church also with the crypt dedicated to St. Elijah will be enriched with a short symbolical route from the baptismal font to the place of Reconciliation, the Word and the Eucharist. We hope that all will be ready by the middle of the year 2000". In the completed project, a cloistered monastery is envisaged to ensure the continued monastic rhythms of liturgical prayer and lectio divina.

During his visit and through meetings with the bishop and some of the clergy and lay people, Fr. Cicconetti was able to observe that the faithful and the clergy welcome the project and say that the project responds to a real need among them for a place of pilgrimage and of reflection and spiritual retreats. Meanwhile the Italian Carmelite Province continues its commitment to the initial formation of many Romanian candidates, three of whom are already deacons and will soon be ordained to the priesthood.

For further information:
E-mail: Fr. Tiberio Scorrano, O.Carm.




WHITEFRIAR STREET COMMUNITY CENTRE


In 1995 the Parish Community Centre attached to the old Whitefriar Street School in Dublin (Ireland) was destroyed by fire and a loyal faithful worker, Sr. Teresa Roche, lost her life. On 14 May 1999 a new Centre was officially opened by President Mary McAleese. The Centre is the latest initiative by the local Carmelite Community, based in Whitefriar Street for centuries, to serve the people of the centre of Dublin. The new Centre, beautifully designed and practically organised, offers facilities for the community, young and old, and leisure groups. With a view to meeting community and social needs in the coming Millennium, the Centre is being used as an education facility in partnership with various associations.

President McAleese said at the opening: "It is a focal point for the community, one which extends a welcome and a helping hand to everyone whatever their circumstances". It certainly caters for all age groups with services ranging from a crèche to food centre for the homeless and activities for the elderly. Bishop Fiachra O'Ceallaigh, Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, blessed the Community Centre during a celebration led by Fr. Michael Morrissey, O.Carm., Director.

For further information:
E-mail: Fr. Michael Morrissey, O.Carm.




THE FIRST CARMELITE PRIEST
FROM IVORY COAST


On 24 July 1999 the first Carmelite from Ivory Coast, Fr. Desiré du Mont Carmel Kouakou Tanoh, member of the Betica Province (Spain), was ordained priest by the bishop of Abengourou (Ivory Coast). Fr. Desire completed his studies in spiritual theology at the University of Comillas. His ordination took place in the parish of Saint André a Bongouanou, his birthplace.

Fr. Desiré (in Carmelite habit) together with his parents,
brothers and Carmelite friars

In his homily, bishop Bruno Kouamé expressed his joy on this special occasion: "This morning we are witnessing an exceptional event. The candidate to the priesthood is not only a seminarian, as usual, but he is also a religious of the Carmelite Family. Be always faithful to your religious vocation . . . . . Look upon the Mother of Jesus who is also the Mother of priests." At the ordination the following Carmelites were present: Fr. Rafael Leiva Sanchez, Provincial, Fr. Francisco Daza, candidate for the new foundation in Burkina Faso, and Fr. Eugène Kaboré, the first Carmelite priest from Burkina Faso. Also present were a group of Missionary Workers of the Missionary Family "Donum Dei" as well as many friends from Spain and France.

A few days later, on 28 July 1999, Fr. Rafael Leiva Sanchez, Provincial, together with Fr. Francisco Daza, Fr. Eugène Kaboré, Fr. Desiré Kouakou and the Workers of the Missionary Family "Donum Dei" paid a visit to the Vicar General of the diocese of Bobo Dioulasso where the new foundation of Carmelite friars in Burkina Faso will take place. They also met the bishop of the diocese, bishop Anselme T. Sanon, who greeted them warmly and blessed their initiative. It is thought that the new foundation in Burkina Faso will start towards the end of this year.

For further information:
E-mail: Secretaria Provincial




CARMELITE SPIRITUAL DIRECTORY


In the 1989 General Chapter of the Carmelite Order an ambitious project was presented and approved which aimed to promote the knowledge, interiorisation and experience of Carmelite spirituality and the Order's charism. Co-ordination was entrusted to an international commission of Carmelites. Among the specific objectives of this commission, confirmed then by the 1995 General Chapter, is the production of a new Carmelite Directory of Spirituality.

The Directory Project will be addressed to the whole Carmelite Family. In fact, it will specify elements common to all, characteristics special to various groups, and clarify some problems which are posed for all Carmelites: for example, the relation between charism and spirituality, the relation between the congregational charisms of the sisters and of the laity and the common charism of the Carmelite Family, how the common charism is participated and integrated, and so on.

The themes of the booklets presently programmed, though others could be added if they seem useful or necessary, are:

  • The Rule of Carmel
  • Christocentrism of the Carmelite Charism
  • The charismatic experience of the origins
  • The spiritual dynamic of the Carmelite life
  • The prophet Elijah
  • Mary, Mother and Sister
  • The contemplative dimension of Carmel
  • The apostolic dimension of Carmel
  • Growing as Brothers
  • Lectio divina
  • Prayer in Carmel
  • The liturgical spirituality of Carmel
  • Silence in Carmelite life
  • Purity of heart in biblical and Carmelite tradition
  • The desert and Carmel
  • Carmelite symbols
  • The Vows: A Call to Transformation
  • Justice and peace
  • Outstanding Carmelites: teachers, witnesses, founders
  • Vacare Deo
  • The booklets will be distributed as they become available and not in the order listed. The work is anticipated to take four years. Recently the publication of the first four articles and a sturdy binder designed to carry all 20 planned booklets was announced. The articles are: "Christocentrism of the Carmelite Charism" by Fr. Donald Buggert, O.Carm., "Growing as Brothers" by the Carmelite Community of Pozzo di Gotto (Italy), "Lectio Divina" by Fr. Carlos Mesters, O.Carm., and "The Vows: A Call to Transformation" by Fr. Quinn Conners, O.Carm. Each article has been published as a separate booklet and designed for easy study of the text. The cost is $US 16.00 for the folder and first four articles and subsequent booklets will cost $US 3.00 each. These prices do not include freight.

    For orders and further information:
    E-mail: Fr. David Hofman, O.Carm.




    CENTENARY AND INAUGURATION
    CELEBRATIONS AT CISA


    On 9 October 1999 the Carmelite community at St. Albert's International Centre (CISA), in Rome, celebrated its first centenary of foundation and at the same time formally inaugurated the renewed and refurbished premises. The Prior General of the Carmelite Order, Fr. Joseph Chalmers, presided the celebrations which were opened with a welcoming address by the recently re-appointed Prior, Fr. Mark Attard, O.Carm.

    The keynote speech was given by Fr. Emanuel Boaga, O.Carm., President of the Institutum Carmelitarum and famous Carmelite historian. He spoke about the centenary of service and history of CISA and gave an interesting analysis of the hundreds of Carmelites who studied, worked and lived in CISA during these last one hundred years. Fr. Joseph Chalmers spoke about the role of Carmel in the new millennium and emphasised the contemplative charism which the Carmelite Order must share as a gift with the rest of the Church. There followed a simple but moving procession during which the commemorative plaque of Mr. & Ms. Rogge was unveiled and blessed at the entrance of the library. The community and all the 100 guests present were also blessed by Fr. General as the chant of the Salve Regina was intoned. The evening came to an end in the community refectory where a light refreshment was served.

    This year there are 41 members in the community of St. Albert's International Centre. This represents a presence from 14 different countries and includes 5 members of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate and 7 Missionary Workers of the "Donum Dei" Missionary Family.

    For further information:
    E-mail: Fr. Mark Attard, O.Carm.




    INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF
    CARMELITE FORMATORS


    Forty-five formators from 27 Provinces, Commissariats and Delegations took part in the International Congress of Carmelite Formators held at the retreat house "Il Carmine" in San Felice del Benaco (Brescia), Italy, from 28 September to 5 October 1999. Present were: the Prior General of the Carmelite, Fr. Joseph Chalmers, some of his General Councillors as well as the Secretary for Formation of the Discalced Carmelite Order, Fr. Andrzej Szewczyk.

    The main point of the Congress was that of making final suggestions concerning the new draft of the Ratio Institutionis Vitae Carmelitanae (RIVC - The Carmelite Guide to Formation) before presenting it for definitive approval by the Prior General and his Council. Also it was meant to start a process of deeper understanding of the document by the formators. The first day, Fr. Alexander Vella, General Councillor for Formation, pointed out the importance of the 1988 RIVC in understanding the charism of the Order and traced the history of its revision up to the draft copy presented to the Congress, a history which involved practically all the formators and the Provincials of the Carmelite Order.

    Three talks were given during the Congress: the Prior General spoke on contemplation; Fr. Anthony Scerri, General Councillor, spoke on; "Formation for Mission"; Fr. Bruno Secondin, O.Carm., gave a conference on "The Carmelite charism and priesthood: affinity, tensions, prospective". There was plenty of time for discussion in groups on the themes presented and the relevant parts of the draft of the RIVC.

    On the last day, six formators from six different regions of the Order gave their answers to the question: "How does the RIVC challenge your formation programme and the concrete situation of your Province?" Those who spoke were, Fr. Dionysius Kosasih for the Asia region, Fr. Jean Marie Lodya for the Africa region, Fr. Jerry Payea for the Latin American region, Fr. David McEvoy for the North American region, Bro. Günter Benker for the North European region and Fr. Desiderio Garcia Martinez for the Mediterranean region.

    For further information:
    E-mail: Fr. Alexander Vella, O.Carm.




    "IUBILAEUM ANNO DOMINI 2000 – ROMA CARMELITANA"


    Both the General Curias of the Carmelites and the Discalced Carmelites, through a commission appointed for the purpose, have published a leaflet entitled Iubilaeum Anno Domini 2000 – Roma Carmelitana. Its aim is to invite the members of the Carmelite Family, throughout the world, to keep in mind the spirit of pilgrimage which animated our ancient fathers and our saints. It presents a map of Rome, showing the five Carmelite churches (Santa Maria in Traspontina, San Martino ai Monti, Santa Maria della Scala, Santa Maria della Vittoria and Santa Teresa al Corso Italia) where groups may celebrate the Eucharist. It also gives information and telephone numbers of convents, monasteries, institutes and other Carmelite places in the capital city. The booklet informs the reader that for this occasion, the Carmelite Family will publish a guide entitled Roma Carmelitana for pilgrims. The cost is Lit. 10,000 each.

    For further information:
    E-mail: Fr. Tarsicio Gotay, O.Carm.





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    22 November 1999