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Fr. Paul Horan O.Carm.: New Carmelite Bishop

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The Carmelite Order is delighted to announce today, 28th May 2016, that the Holy Father, Pope Francis has nominated bishop of the diocese of Mutare, in Zimbabwe, Fr. Paul Horan O.Carm.,

Blessed Titus Brandsma, a model for the Year of Mercy


On account of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, proclaimed by Pope Francis in the bull, Misericordia Vultus (April 11, 2015) the Pontifical Council for the promotion of new evangelisation has been publishing a series of aids to help local churches in their celebration of the jubilee.

The New web site on the Chronology of the Carmelite Order


The Webmaster has just launched a new website on the Chronology of the Carmelite Order, listing all the important events of the Order in both horizontal and vertical timelines. The website is being updated on a regular basis so any image or historical event of the Order are welcome. Please send to the webmaster at

Please visit the website at  and at this moment, it is available only in English.

Vitam Coelo Reddiderunt


P. Christopher Byrnes, (SEL)

Ortus: 10-08-26
P. Temp.: 08-09-45
P. Soll.: 26-09-48
Ord.: 09-06-51

P. Timothy Johnson, (SEL)

The foundation of the Research Institute of the Carmelite Province of Germany


In Mainz on 3rd  and 4th  of May, 2016, the constituent assembly of the Research Institute of the Carmelite Province of Germany took place. The Prior Provincial, Fr. Dieter Lankes presented certificates of appointment to the director of the institute, Edeltraud Klueting PhD, T.O.Carm. and to the members of the committee, Elisabeth Hense PhD T.O.Carm (assistant director), Christine Riedl-Valder PhD, Monika Storm PhD, Prof. P. D. D. Michael Plattig O.Carm. and Bro. Andreas H. Scholten PhD, O.Carm.

According to its statutes, the purpose and aim of the institute is the "scientific investigation of the history, spirituality, charism, culture and learning of the Carmelite order". To this end, scientific projects that examine the rich cultural heritage of the Carmelite order past and present, will be initiated, accompanied and completed. Besides the editing of publications on Carmelite topics, it is planned to organize and hold different events such as symposia, conferences,

Electoral Chapter of the Monastery of Utrera, Spain

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The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Utrera, Spain, was held 13-14 May 2016. The following were elected:

  • Prioress:   Rosa María Nduku Mbithi, O.Carm.
  • 1st Councilor:   Sr. María del Carmen Requena Pérez, O.Carm.
  • 2nd Councilor:  Sr. Ana María Reina Jiménez, O.Carm.
  • 3rd Councilor:   Sr. M. Lucía Mutio Mbithi., O.Carm.

Reminder of registration for the Carmelite Day at the World Youth Day


The date of the next World Youth Day, which is taking place in Krakow Poland from the 25th to 31st July next, is approaching and you are reminded that those wishing to participate in the one-day Carmelite Day on Wednesday 27th July have to make a separate registration for this Carmelite Day.

Electoral Chapter of the Monastery of Madrid, Spain

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The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Madrid, Spain, was held 27-29 April 2016. The following were elected:

  • Prioress:  Sr. M. Noemí Temprano Reguilón, O.Carm.
  • 1st Councilor:   Sr. M. Inmaculada Ochoa Blázquez, O.Carm.
  • 2nd Councilor:  Sr. M. Rosario Almohalla Moreno, O.Carm.

Provincial Chapter of the Province of Australia and East Timor

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During the Provincial Chapter of the Province of Australia and East Timor held on 25-29 April 2016 were elected:

  • Prior Provincial:  Fr. Paul Cahill, O.Carm.
  • First Councilor:  Fr. Hugh Brown, O.Carm.
  • Second Councilor:  Fr. Aniceto da Costa, O.Carm.

Activities of the Prior General


On the 7th of March, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm. took part in a Theology Congress which took place in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), at which he delivered a paper on the Sacrament of Penance and its renewal in the context of the Year of Mercy.

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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.


by Dr. Radut