God has called us to be good stewards of the gifts we have received. We are called to live in simplicity and solidarity with our brothers and sisters. "In our use of material goods, it is our responsibility before God to observe faithfully the poverty which we have freely professed, keeping in mind that we make the vow of poverty in order to live a simple life, individually and within our communities, avoiding whatever might offend the sensibilities of the poor" (Con. 57).
The Triennial Bursars’ Meeting of the Order was held in Fatima, Portugal from 4-7 November 2015. Fifty bursars, Carmelite friars and lay people, gathered for this conference to be renewed in this ministry, review the policies of the Order, and discuss the challenges for today.
For the sake of convenience and economy, the Domus Carmelitana Advisory Commission always meets at the same time as the General Finance Commission: four members of the latter also advise on the Domus. Other members of the Domus Commission are John Lanahan (hotel finance consultant) and Janet Keeffe (tour operator).
The General Finance Commission of the Order met in the Curia on 29 February and 1 March. Present were Kevin Alban (Bursar General), Fintan Burke (Hib.), Michael Kissane (SEL), James Des Lauriers (Aust.), Antonio Monteiro (Lus.), Manuel Bonilla (Cat.), Mîceál O’Neill (CISA), Mark McBride (Bursar General TOR), Sireneo Jaranilla (Phil.),
The Commission charged with the oversight of the Domus Carmelitana met in Rome on 4 November. Members of the Order present were Kevin Alban (Bursar General), James Des Lauriers (Aus), Giovanni Grosso (Curia) and Míceál O’Neill (CISA).
The General Finance Commission of the Order met in the Curia on 7 and 8 November. Present were Kevin Alban (Bursar General), Michael Kissane (SEL), Antonio Monteiro (Lus.), Manuel Bonilla (Cat.), James Des Lauriers (Aus), Jeff Cull (Lay consultant), Míceál O’Neill (CISA), Mark McBride (TOR).
The annual meeting of the Northern European Bursars was held under the chairmanship of Richard Copsey O. Carm. (Brit) The first part of the meeting was dedicated to a presentation of each province from the point of view of manpower and finances.
As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven.
All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."