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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 programme in 1985, making his first profession in 1987. Thereafter He enrolled into philosophy and theology studies. He was ordained on 17 September 1994. He has worked at Regina Coeli Mission, Mutare Diocese (1993-1995), Kriste Mambo Formation Centre as director of postulants (1995-1997), further studies in Dublin (1997-1999), director of students at Mount Carmel Students house (2000-2012), Rector of Holy Trinity College (2007-2013).

At the General Chapter in 2013 he was elected General Councillor of Africa of the Order to serve for six year term 2013-2019.

Fr. Raúl Maraví Cabrera, O.Carm. General Councilor of Americas
 
Fr. Raúl was born in Lima, Peru on 2nd March 1964. In his childhood he attended a primary school run by the Capuchin Franciscans Friars, and then he did his secondary education in a Military School. After joining the Carmelite Order he made his first profession of vows in 25th January 1992. From 1994 to 1997 he was in charge of youth ministry of an important area in the archdioceses of Lima with 21 parishes. Fr. Raúl was ordained a priest on 13th June 1997 in Lima, Peru. He holds a B.A. in Economics at Universidad de San Martín de Porres (Lima) and in Theology at Facultad de Teología Pontificia y Civil de Lima, a M.A. in Semitic Languages at Catholic University of America (Washington) and a S.S.L. in Sacred Scriptures at Pontificio Istituto Biblico (Rome). After having finished his studies in Rome, he returned to Lima, to take over his new assignment as President of a prestigious Carmelite school: Colegio Nuestra Señora del Carmen. He also worked as a professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew at Facultad de Teología Pontificia y Civil de Lima, and as the director of the Spiritual Retreat Centre of the Carmelites in Peru. Fr. Raul is currently a member of the General Council of the Carmelite Order representing the Americas, and President of the International Commission of Carmelite Schools and Youth.

At the General Chapter in 2007 he was elected General Councillor of Americas of the Order to serve for six year term 2007-2013 and at the General Chapter 2013 he was reelected to serve for second term 2013-2019.

Fr. Benny Phang Khong Wing, O.Carm. General Councillor of Asia, Oceania and Australia

Fr. Benny was born in Surabaya in 1970. He joined the Order in 1990, solemnly professed in 1997 and was ordained in 1998. After that he worked in a small parish from 1998-2001, then he went to the Catholic University of America in Washington DC and accomplished his licentiate in moral theology in 2006. After graduation he went back to Indonesia for a year to teach and work in a formation house. In 2007 he was sent to Rome to study and got his doctorate degree in bioethics from Angelicum in 2010. Fr. Benny went back to Indonesia, taught in STFT Widya Sasana (Carmelite philosophy and theology college with 400 students) and worked in the formation house as a formator and then a prior of the community. During his free time he published some articles in national and international journals, wrote and edited eight books, and gave talks and retreats to many groups in different countries or cities, particularly to the young people.

At the General Chapter in 2013 he was elected General Councillor of Asia, Oceania and Australia of the Order to serve for six year term 2013-2019.

Fr. John Keating, O.Carm. General Councilor of Europe.

Fr. John is a member of the Irish Province. He was educated by the Carmelites at Terenure College, Dublin, and entered the novitiate in Kinsale in 1964. He made his first profession in 1965 and then studied philosophy in Dublin until 1968 when he went to Collegio Internazionale Sant’Alberto in Rome gaining a licentiate at the Gregorian University. Returning to Dublin in 1972, he lived and worked in a number of Irish houses - Whitefriar Street, Gort Muire, Terenure and Kinsale. He has held the following positions during that time: Assistant Provincial, Provincial Councillor, Prior (Gort Muire and Kinsale), Director of Vocations and Formation Director. He worked for many years in the liturgical, retreat, youth and music ministry of the Carmelite Conference and Retreat Centre at Gort Muire. Following further studies in Rome and Paris from 1986 to 1988, he returned to Dublin to teach courses in liturgy, spirituality, and pastoral and homiletic practice at the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology over a fifteen year period. He also taught at the National Centre for Liturgy. Before his election as Councillor General, he served on the Irish Commission for Liturgy, having been appointed for three consecutive terms by the Irish bishops. He also served on a number of the Carmelite Order commissions and now has the responsibility for the geographical area of Europe, formation and as Council liaison for Centro Internazionale Sant'Alberto in Rome.

At the General Chapter in 2007 he was elected General Councillor of Europe of the Order to serve for a six year term 2007-2013 and at the General Chapter 2013 he was reelected to serve for second term 2013-2019.
 

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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