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An International Marian Congress

67/2017 – 19 – 09
Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm and Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, OCD

From the 15th to the 17th of September, just gone by, an International Marian Congress, organised by the Carmelites (O.Carm. and OCD) took place at the Domus Carmeli in Fatima, to mark the first centenary of the Fatima apparitions. The title of the congress was “Maria, Mae do Carmelo” (Mary, the Mother of Carmel). The participants included the two general leaders, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm. and Saverio Cannistrà, OCD, along with several Carmelites, (lay and religious) from Spain and Portugal and representatives of other countries also.

A Meeting of the General Council

66/2017 – 16 – 09
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The most recent meeting of the General Council took place from the 29th of August to the 8th of September. In addition to the various items of ordinary administration, and to hearing the reports of the General Councillors, the members began to reflect on the 2019 General Chapter. As a result of some extensive discernment and fraternal exchange the Council decided upon the theme of the General Chapter, as follows:

Electoral Chapter of the Monastery of Ntra. Sra. de la Asunción, Huesca, Spain

65/2017 – 06 – 09

The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Ntra. Sra. de la Asunción, Huesca, Spain, was held 1 September 2017. The following were elected:

  • Prioress:  Sr. M. Inés Nthenya Nzyuko, O.Carm.
  • 1st Councilor:  Sr. M. Carmen Ibarra Lorea, O.Carm.

Causa Nostrae Laetitiae - Augustus 2017

64/2017 – 01 - 09

Professio Temporanea
20-08-17 Roberto Mejia (PCM), Washington DC, USA

Professio Solemnis
06-08-17 Valentino Untung Polo Maing (Indo), Maumere, Flores, Indonesia
06-08-17 Wilfrid Abdon Taa (Indo), Maumere, Flores, Indonesia
06-08-17 Viktorius Sesarius Gebo (Indo), Maumere, Flores, Indonesia

From the Carmelite Order’s Commission for Evangelization and Mission

62/2017 – 17 – 08
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The third booklet from the Order’s General Commission for Evangelisation and Mission is entitled: The Word of God in our Carmelite Journey and is now available to be either read or downloaded, in booklet format, from the home page of the Order’s website.

XX General Chapter of the Congregation of the Hermanas de la Virgen Maria del Monte Carmelo

61/2017 – 13 – 08
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The XX General Chapter of the Congregation of the Hermanas de la Virgen Maria del Monte Carmelo was held 19 July -15 August 2017 at the Casa "Carmelo Divina Providencia" at Tales (Castellón), Spain. The following were elected:

  • Superior General: Sr. Merry Teresa Sri Rejeki

First Electoral Chapter of the Monastery of Sogliano al Rubicone, Italy

60/2017 – 11 – 08

The first Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Sogliano al Rubicone, Italy, was held 9 August 2017. The following were elected:

  • Prioress:  Sr. Marilla Pia Fiumana, O.Carm.
  • 1st Councilor:   Sr. M. Vania Spazzoli, O.Carm.


59/2017 – 05 – 08

Initium Novitiatus

  • 07-07-17 Cyprian Dzihwema (Hib-Zim), Kriste Mambo, Zimbabwe
  • 07-07-17 Obvious Joseph Mapfumo (Hib-Zim), Kriste Mambo, Zimbabwe
  • 07-07-17 Joseph Sami (Hib-Zim), Kriste Mambo, Zimbabwe
  • 07-07-17 Amisse Calisto Paulino, (Pern-Moz), Kriste Mambo, Zimbabwe
  • 07-07-17 Florêncio Januário. (Pern-Moz), Kriste Mambo, Zimbabwe
  • 07-07-17 Fernando Avelino A. Nivevela, (Pern-Moz), Kriste Mambo, Zimbabwe
  • 07-07-17 Orlando Marcelino dos Santos (Pern-Moz), Kriste Mambo, Zimbabwe

Activities of the Prior General

58/2017 – 02 – 08

Recently, on the 2nd of July, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., led the celebration of the Eucharist for the 30th anniversary of the founding of the eremitical community of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lake Elmo (Minnesota, U.S.A.). In his homily, he thanked the community for its service of prayer to the family of Carmel and encouraged the community to continue to grow in its contemplative and carmelite identity.

FOCAL 2017

57/2017 – 31 – 07

A FOCAL (Carmelite Formation in Latin America) ongoing formation event was held in São Paulo, Brazil, from the 27th of June to the 6th of July, 2017. for the Carmelite Family in the American continent. The event was organised by Raúl Maraví, O.Carm., Councilor General, with the help of a team of friars from the Rio de Janeiro province.

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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