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Help for the Philippines

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Three weeks ago we sent out information on Task Force Carmel Cares, in response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines.  Today we are happy to report that over €100,000 ($135,000) has been collected by the Curia. Thank you to all of our communities of friars, nuns, sisters, and lay Carmelites.

General Council begins Meetings

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The General Council began a series of plenary meetings on 12th November, and apart from the ordinary administrative business of the order, the Council is studying a restructuring of the General Commissions, as recommended by the General Chapter. The Council hopes to finish the new structuring of the commissions by Christmas so that they can begin work in the new year.

Assembly of the USG and a Meeting with Pope Francis

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On the 27th and 28th of November, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., took part in the 82nd Assembly of the Union of Superiors General, held in Rome. Some 120 Generals of orders and congregations attended. The theme chosen for this assembly was, Pope Francis: The Challenge of Gospel Leadership. This theme was in line with that of the previous assembly in May 2013,

Electoral Chapter of the Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Chester, USA


The Elective Chapter of the Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Chester, USA, was held 19 November 2013. The Prioress was elected:

Sr. Theresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Face

The General Chapter Icon

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In order to help our sisters in the Carmelite cloister to feel that they are united with the objectives of the Order for the next sexennium, the General Curia has begun to distribute copies of the icon that presided over our General Chapter to each of monasteries around the world. The icon that was written by our sisters in the monastery of Cerreto (Italy),

New Prior Provincial of the PCM Province


On 21 November 2013, the American Province of Most Pure Heart of Mary (PCM) elected Fr. William Harry to be prior provincial, to replace Fr. Carl Markelz who was elected Bursar General at the General Chapter held last September.

Electoral Chapter of the Monastery of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was held 15 November 2013. The following were elected:

  • Prioress:  Sr. M. Arelys D'Oleo, O.Carm.
  • 1st Councilor:   Sr. M. José Bernal, O.Carm.
  • 2nd Councilor:  Sr. Diomedis Maria Duran, O.Carm.
  • 3rd Councilor:   Sr. Teresita Maria de la Cruz, O.Carm.

Preparations for the Centenary of St. Teresa


We have been informed in the Curia of a number of significant events taking place throughout the Carmelite world in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Jesus. Our General Curia, through its International Formation Commission, will hold an on-going formation course in Spain from the 7th  - 17th of September 2014. Details of this course will be sent to the provincials, commissaries and delegates in the near future.

Vitam Coelo Reddiderunt


P. Ramón Gómez Lozano, (Arag)

Ortus: 06-01-39
P. Temp.: 15-08-56
P. Soll.: 06-01-60
Ord.: 16-07-63

Sr. Baptista Broekman, (ERL)

Ortus: 02-05-22
P. Temp.: 14-11-48
P. Soll.: 14-11-51

Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines


Sisters and Brothers in Carmel,

As you know, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines last weekend.  As the Carmelite Family, we want to express our solidarity and closeness to our Brothers and Sisters in this tragic situation.  The Prior Provincial of the Province of Blessed Titus Brandsma, Christian “Toots” Buenafe, has let us know that our Carmelites are safe, but there is destruction to some of the convents and priories, along with devastation to the people they serve.

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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.


by Dr. Radut