As a General Councilor, I would like to continue building cooperation among Carmelites in the region, and making more contribution to the whole Order. In order to achieve this, clear and constructive communication is needed to facilitate collaboration and consolidation in the whole regional Carmelite Family.
I arranged the first meeting for the superiors of the region in Bali in November 2008, in which collaboration, especially in Carmelite formation was the priority. During the Council of Provinces XVI in San Felice, September 2009, the superiors of the region agreed to organize training for formators. In May 2010, 19 formators came together, participating in a training facilitated by Fr. Joseph Chalmers.
I took advantage of the training by creating a regional committee for formation whose responsibility is to facilitate a cooperative formation in the region. It was decided to organize a seminar on formation and JPIC for Carmelite students which will be held in East Timor April 26 – May 2, 2011 and to have a meeting for formators in India in 2012.
During the International Gathering in Camoçim, Brazil in August 2010 the regional formators strongly agreed to continue collaborating in such areas as joint formation, formators and students exchange, and sharing experiences.
But meetings are not enough; therefore, visiting various Carmelite communities is needed. I have visited India (St. Thomas Province and St.Therese-St.Albert delegation), Philippines (Chapter and fraternal visit), China and Vietnam (canonical visit with Fr. General), Indonesia (Chapter and canonical visit with Fr. General), Australia and East Timor (Chapter and fraternal visit with Fr. General).
I have also visited Carmelite Nuns of Indonesia (Batu & Palangkaraya), Philippines (Tanay, Dumaguete, Butuan, Guiguinto, Tarlac, Burgos, Roxas), and some Carmelite sister communities in India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, and East Timor. We also met Lay Carmelite groups in the Philippines, Indonesia, and East Timor. They highly appreciated these visits. Thanks to them for their hospitality!
The Carmelites of the region are taking part in the Carmelite mission of the Order. Indonesia is responsible for a mission in China, India is partaking in a Kenya mission, the Philippines is working in their Papua New Guinea mission. These missions are managed as regional projects in which provinces, commissariats, and delegations support each other and strengthen their cooperation.
Br. Amilton Vidotto (Pern) is teaching Portuguese to our East Timorese Carmelites, and the New York province is sending some Vietnamese Carmelites there for sharing Carmelite life during the summer.
The General Council has stimulated the region to build stronger internationality. Studying or working in other provinces like Ireland, England, Germany, France, Italy, United States, and Australia may strengthen our internationality and should be done according to a clear agreement among provinces, commissariats, and delegations; otherwise, it may create confusion.