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Congress on Carmelite Schools

The first International Congress on Carmelite Schools was held in Dublin, Ireland, from April 8th to the 13th. The setting chosen was Terenure Colege, the oldest school in the Order, which is celebrating its 150 years of foundation. The congress was attended by more than 70 friars, religious sisters and lay people who represented almost all our schools. These man and women are in charge of the education and formation of thousands of children and young people.

Electoral Chapter of the Monastery of Madrid, Spain

The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Madrid, Spain, was held 14 April  2010. The following were elected:

Carmelites celebrate Blessed Angelo Paoli

Carmel is celebrating and thanking God for the gift of the Beatification of Fr. Angelo Paoli. This morning, 25th April 2010 during a solemn Eucharist in the Papal Arch-basilica of St. John Latern in Rome presided over by the Vicar of His Holiness, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the representative of the Holy Father and Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Archbishop Angelo Amato, presided at the rite of Beatification.

The words of Pope Benedict XVI follow the recitation of the Regina Caeli on 25th April 2010

"This morning, respectively in Rome and Barcelona, two priests were beatified: Carmelite Angelo Paoli and Capuchin José Tous y Soler ... 

Meeting of "Pilgrimage of Hope" Committee

On the 7th and 8th, 17th and 18th April 2010, the organizing committee for the Carmelite European Youth Pilgrimage of Hope met to finalize details for the gathering in Rome from 19th to 25th July next. The pilgrimage for young people from all Carmelite provinces in Europe has already been outlined in three previous reports of CITOC (59/2009, 120/2009, 131/2009) and also on the Order's website (for information see It will pave the way for the World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011.

Letter of the Prior General “I commend my poor and my sick to you..."

The letter of the Prior General P. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm. to the Carmelite Family on the occasion of the beatification of Venerable Angelo Paoli “I commend my poor and my sick to you... “ is available online:

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NCI (Nederlands Carmelitaans Instituut) Boxmeer

In August 2009 a well prepared reorganization of the staff of in the Dutch Carmelite Institute (NCI) took place. Fr. Tjeu Timmermans has been appointed as the new director and Fr. Rudolf van Dijk as the academic secretary. The staff holds its monthly meetings of which a report will be given to the NCI commission. This commission functions as the daily board of the institute and reports to the Provincial Council of the Dutch Province.

Electoral Chapter of the Monastery of Utrera, Spain

The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Utrera, Spain, was held 8 April  2010. The following were elected:

The Prior General's Activities

Accompanied by the General Councillor for Africa, Fr. Désiré Unen Alimange, the Prior General recently conducted a canonical visitation of the Provincial Commissariat of the Democratic Republic of Congo. During the visit apart from interviews with all the religious in their various houses, he also met with the bishops of Kinshasa, Bunia and Butmebo, the main dioceses where Carmelites are present. The Prior General also held meetings with the students, novices and postulants, as well as with lay Carmelite groups.

Martius 2010
Initium Novitiatus
25-03-10 Simona Staffieri (CAE), Camerino
25-03-10 Mary Peter White (CHR), Christoval
Professio Temporanea
02-02-10 Lusia Dwi Estina Waluy Aningrum (BAT), Batu
14-03-10 M. Joana Josa Hernández (BAR), Barcelona
19-03-10 M. Stephana Sugiyanti (PAL), Palangka Raya
Professio Solemnis
14-03-10 Lucien Kasereka Kahatane (Ita-Con), Butembo


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."