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Electoral Chapter of the Monastery of Villalba, Spain

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The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Villalba, Spain, was held 9 June 2011. The following were elected:

  • Prioress: Sr. M. Pilar Martín Gómez, O.Carm.
  • 1st Councilor:  Sr. M. del Carmen del Toro Medina, O.Carm.
  • 2nd Councilor: Sr. M. Inés Vázquez Gallardo, O.Carm.

Meeting of the Commission for the Laity


The Commission for the Laity met for the third time from the 30th May–1st June at Sassone. The meeting was chaired by the General Delegate for the Laity, Fr. Josef Jancar.

Meeting of the Secretariat for the nuns


As part of the recent meeting of the Carmelite Family, the first meeting of the Secretariat for the nuns, an advisory body of the Delegate General for the nuns, was held on the 21st May 2011 in the Curia residence in Rome.

Meeting of the International Formation Commission


The International Formation Commission of the Order met in Rome from the 7th to 9th June, 2011 under the presidency of John Keating, O,Carm., Councillor General for formation.

A Meeting of the General Councils, O.Carm and O.C.D.

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On Sunday the 5th of June, 2011, the customary bi-annual meeting between our General Council and that of our brothers the Discalced Carmelites took place at our Curia house. Following the celebration of the Eucharist, led by our Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millan Romeral, O.Carm. the meeting itself took place.

Vitam Coelo Reddiderunt


P. Raymond Foster (PCM)

Ortus: 30-12-46
P. Temp.: 22-08-66
P. Soll.: 27-09-72
Ord.: 09-06-73

P. David Waite (Brit)
Ortus: 02-10-46
P. Temp.: 25-08-77
P. Soll.: 07-07-83
Ord.: 08-12-90

Causa Nostrae Letitiae


 Maius 2011 

Professio Temporanea

  • 08-05-11 M. Simona Staffieri (CAE), Camerino
  • 14-05-11 Thomas M. Varghese Mavunkal (Ind), Kartikulam
  • 14-05-11 Joby Joseph Theruvikkal (Ind), Kartikulam
  • 21-05-11 Randy E. Fuentes (Phil), Quezon City

Carmelite retreat project


 On the 25th-26th of May 2011, a meeting was held in the Titus Brandsma Institute of Nijmegen (Netherlands) regarding a Carmelite retreat project. Sanny Bruijns (Neer), Charlo Camilleri (Mel) and Günter Benker (GerS) presented three retreat models,

Meeting of the Carmelite Family and A Meeting of the Superiors General and the General Council

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 A Congress of the Carmelite Family was held recently at Sassone (Rome), from the 23rd to the 27th of May. The Congress was organised on the basis of a decision by the 2007 General Chapter. The participants included the members of the General Council, the Leaders of Federations of Nuns, the Superiors General of Carmelite Congregations of Apostolic life, a representative of Carmelite hermits and the International Commission for Lay Carmelites.

Monasticon Carmelitanum Neerlandicum

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On May 10 the first copy of the Monasticon Carmelitanum Neerlandicum was presented in Boxmeer, Netherlands, to fr. Giovanni Grosso O.Carm. (Institutum Carmelitanum) and to the provincial of the Dutch province Fr. Ben Wolbers O.Carm.

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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