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Finance Commission 2013-2019

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Carl Markelz

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).

Triennial Bursars Meeting: Challenges for Today

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Fr. Carl Markelz, O.Carm.

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.

Domus Carmelitana Advisory Commission

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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).

General Finance Commission 29 February & 1 March


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.),

Domus Carmelitana Commission


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).

General Finance Commission


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).

Meeting of Bursars of the North European Region, 7 – 9 May, 2011 Kraków, Poland


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.

General Finance Commission 15-16 November


On 15 and 16 November the Order’s General Commission on Finance met in the Curia house in Rome under the chairmanship of Kevin Alban, the Bursar General. Also present were James Des Lauriers (Aus.), Manuel Bonilla (Cat.), Gian Domenico Meloni (Ita.), Michael Kissane (SEL-NY), Fintan Burke (Hib.), Wilmar Santin (GerS-Para.) Antonio Monteiro (Lus.), Bro. Mark McBride (TOR), Mr. Jeffrey Cull (US marketing), and Mr. Pierluigi Simoncelli (banking).

First Meeting of Bursars of the Asian Region, 11-15 October 2010

First Meeting of Bursars of the Asian Region

From October 11 to 15 a meeting of bursars was held in St Joseph’s Retreat Centre in the hills outside Bali in Indonesia. The bursars from Indonesia and its commissariats and mission in China,

First meeting of the Bursars of the Iberian Region


On the 26th of June a group of bursars of the Iberian Region met with the Bursar General at the Carmelite house of Ayala in Madrid. Present were: Frs.Vicente Arranda Guillén (Arag), José Ramón Medina Madueño (Bet), Marín Antonio Lozano Moreno (Cast), Joan Gúell y Casademont (Cat) and Ricardo dos Reis Rainho (Lus). There were two main topics on the agenda: the economic situation of each of the provinces and the compiling the annual economic report for the Curia. Another meeting with the bursars of the Asia-Australia-Oceania area is planned for October 2010.

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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." 


by Dr. Radut