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General Councillors

Fr. Conrad Mutizamhepo, O.Carm.

Fr. Conrad Mutizamhepo, O.Carm. General Councillor of Africa

Fr. Conrad is the second born in a family of six. He was born in rural Zimbabwe and went to a boarding school ran by Carmelites who influenced his section to join Carmelites. He entered the formation program in 1985, making his first profession in 1987. Thereafter he enrolled into philosophy at the Regional Major Seminary, Chishawasha, Harare after which he pursued theology studies at the same seminary and the University of Zimbabwe where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Honors Degree in Religious Studies. He professed his solemn vows in February 1994 and was ordained to the priesthood on 17 September 1994. He has worked at Regina Coeli Mission, Mutare Diocese, as a deacon and subsequently as assistant pastor (1993-1995), at Kriste Mambo Formation Centre as director of postulants and assistant pastor (1995-1997). He took up further studies at Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Dublin (1997-1999) where he obtained a Masters Degree in Spirituality. On his return to Zimbabwe, he was appointed director of students at Mount Carmel Students house (2000-2009), prior of Mount Carmel Students House (2009-2012), lecturer of Spirituality at Holy Trinity College (2000-2013), The Regional Major Seminary, Chishawasha (2000-2005; 2009-2013) and Arrupe College (now Arrupe Jesuit University)(2002-2005). He was appointed Rector of Holy Trinity College (2007-2013) during which period he managed to secure accreditation and certification of the Holy Trinity College academic program with the Catholic University in Zimbabwe.

At the General Chapter in 2013 Fr. Conrad was elected General Councillor for Africa of the Order (2013-2019) a tenure he served with great enthusiasm and creativity. During his first term, he was the General Councillor responsible for the Carmelite Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation where he coordinated efforts to come up with a Carmelite JPIC Handbook. At the General Chapter of 2019 he was reelected to serve a second term 2019-2025.


Fr. Luis Maza Subero, O.Carm.
Fr. Luis Maza Subero, O.Carm.

Fr. Luis Maza Subero, O.Carm. General Councilor of Americas

Father Luis was born in Porlamar (Margarita Island), Venezuela, on December 27, 1959.  He made his first studies in his island territory: Primary in the Kinder Gollito and the Zulia Group; Secondary at the Vicente Marcano High School and the Alejandro Hernández diversified cycle.  From a very young age he participated in the pastoral activities of San Nicolás de Bari Carmelite Parish.  He entered the Order in 1983, made his solemn profession in 1989 and ordained a priest in 1990.  He obtained his philosophical studies at a Jesuit philosophy institute (Caracas), a degree in Theology at the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia and a degree in education at the Andrés Bello Catholic University (Caracas).  Currently, he is doing his final work to obtain a Masters in Fundamental Theology. 

Pastoral Activities: He has exercised his priestly ministry in parishes, as a teacher in the area of Social Sciences in some secondary and university education institutes in Venezuela.  He has been a formator in the postulancy, novitiate and temporary profession stages.  Also, he has been Vicar Episcopal for Religious Life and military chaplaincy.

Father Luis was elected General Counsel for the Americas in the 2019 General Chapter for a period of six years 2019 -2025.


Fr. Robert Thomas Puthussery, O.Carm.
Fr. Robert Thomas Puthussery, O.Carm. 

Fr. Robert Thomas Puthussery, O.Carm., General Councillor of Asia, Oceania and Australia

Fr. Robert Thomas Puthussery was born in 1967 as the youngest child of 9 children in Kerala, India. He had his schooling in his home town Mookkannoor in Kerala. At the age of 15 he joined the Carmelites and made his simple profession in 1987 and his solemn profession in 1990. After his philosophy and theology studies he was ordained a priest in 1994.

He did a Bachelor’s degree (BA-1990-93) and MA(1994-96) in English Literature and taught as Assistant professor (1996-97) at Christ College Bangalore, India. From 1997-2000 he served as Prior and Rector for the Carmelite minor seminarians at Carmel Nivas, Kothamangalam. From 2000-2002 he did a Masters degree in Applied theology at the university of Middlesex, London. Thereafter he served as Chaplain to the immigrant Syro-Malabar Catholic communities in London, Liverpool and Manchester , UK. From 2006-2007 he served as the Student Director of the British Province of the Carmelites. While serving as the Sub-Prior of the international Carmelite community at East Finchley, London he did a PhD (2006-2010) at the university of Liverpool in pastoral psychology.

After his return from the UK in 2011 he served as Prior and Spiritual Director of the Carmelite Major seminarians at Carmeljyoti Study house while lecturing at Christ University (2011-14) Bangalore, as Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Media Studies and the School of Law. In 2014 he was elected Prior Provincial of the Order of Carmelites of St. Thomas Province of India. From 2017 he was appointed the Academic Chair and Manager of Mount Carmel College of Arts and Science in Kothamangalam, Kerala. In September 2019 he was elected the General Councilor of Asia, Australia Oceania for a period of six years from 2019-2025. He has given orientation programs and motivational talks to students, teachers, clergy and medical professionals.


Fr. Richard Byrne, O.Carm.
Fr. Richard Byrne, O.Carm. 

Fr. Richard Byrne, O.Carm. General Councillor of Europe

Fr. Richard was born in Dublin in 1969 and was educated by the Carmelites in Terenure College. He made his simple profession in 1989 and, following his philosophical and theological studies at the Milltown Institute, was ordained a priest in 1996. He was a member of the Terenure College Carmelite Community for over twenty years holding a variety of roles: subject teacher of accounting and religious education, school chaplain, rugby coach, and school principal. During those years, in University College Dublin, Fr. Richard also completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree (BComm) and his Doctoral Studies (PhD) on the distinctiveness of Catholic education. In 2015, he was elected Prior Provincial of the Irish Province and was re-elected Provincial in 2018. In Ireland, Fr Richard was appointed as the Chairperson of the Catholic Schools Partnership which provided a national service of support for Catholic schooling in Ireland. In his spare time in Dublin, Fr. Richard was a rugby referee and refereed school and adult matches all over his home province of Leinster.

At the General Chapter in 2019, he was elected General Councillor of Europe to serve for a six year term 2019-2025.


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."