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Gathering of Carmelite Superiors of the Asia, Australia and Oceania geographical area

23/2018 – 14 – 04

Carmelite superiors of the Asia, Australia and Oceania geographical area of the Order gathered at the Carmelite Province Centre, Middle Park, Melbourne, Australia from 11-14 April 2018. Present were: Fr Benny Phang (General Councillor, Asia Australia, Oceania),

Fr Michael Kissane (Provincial, St Elias), Fr Ignasius Budiono (Provincial, Indonesia), Fr Artemio Jusayan (Provincial, Philippines), Fr Paul Cahill (Provincial, Australia and Timor-Leste), Fr Jacob Robin (Delegate, Indian General Delegation), Fr Joseph Tran (Delegate, Vietnam) and Fr Marlon Lacal (Delegate, Philippines).

On the first day Fr Ignasius Budiono during the morning session spoke about Inculturation and in the afternoon session Fr Benny Phan addressed the question of Formation. The second day was devoted to listening to reports about local conditions in the various provinces, general delegation and missions in their geographical area. In the afternoon, contributions and proposals for the 2019 General Chapter were discussed.

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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. 

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