On January 12, Fr. Constant Dölle, O. Carm., of the Dutch Province celebrated his 100th birthday. Father Constant is currently the oldest member of the Carmelite Order. The celebration began with a Mass of Thanksgiving in his community at Zenderen, after which there was a reception for family and friends who wanted to offer congratulations. Along the Prior Provincial of the Netherlands, Fr. Jan Brouns, O. Carm. and many Carmelites he had a visit from the Mayor of Borne, Mr. R. Welten. During this reception Fr. Edgar Koning, O.Carm., the prior of Zenderen, read two letters: one from the Prior General and another from the King and the Queen of the Netherlands.
The day after our oldest Carmelite was interviewed by the local newspaper and for television. This is truly a great joy for the Order and for the whole Carmelite family. Father Constant Dölle ... ad multos annos!