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General Chapter: Feast Day of Saint Albert the Lawgiver - Tuesday, September 17, 2013


This morning, the Chapter, together with representatives of the Carmelite Family, listened to Father Josef Jancar described the situation with the Carmelite Family for the last six years.

In May 2011, there was an International Gathering of the Carmelite Family at Sassone in Rome. Immediately following it was a meeting between the General Council and General Superiors of the congregations affiliated to the Order.

General Chapter: Carmelite Family Day - Monday, September 16, 2013


The day began with members of the Carmelite Family joining the Chapter for our presentations, reflections and discussions.  The Eucharist was presided by Most Reverend Saverio Cannistrà, OCD, Preposit General of the Discalced Carmelites.

After Mass, Fr. Saverio addressed the assembly by challenging us

Elections of General Councilors


On this day, the Chapter elected the General Councilors for the various areas of the world.

  • For the General Area of Africa, Rev. Conrad Mutizamhepo, O.Carm. of Zimbabwe (HIB).
  • For the General Area of the Americas, Very Rev. Raúl Maraví Cabrera, O.Carm. of Peru (PCM).
  • For the General Area of Asia-Australia-Oceania, Rev. Benny Phang Kong Wing, O.Carm. of Indonesia.

Elections of the General Chapter


At the General Chapter of the Carmelite Friars this morning, the Most Reverend Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., a member of the Betica Province in Spain, was re-elected to the office of Prior General for a period of six years. After the election, he received the fraternal greetings of all of the brothers present.

General Chapter: 9 and 10 of September 2013


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The topic of today’s morning session had finances as its theme. Addressing this topic, Fr. Tomas McClain, Bursar General of the Jesuits, was invited to speak at this meeting. The presenter gave some ideas on the meaning of poverty today.The theme presented was entitled " Poverty and the Role of the Bursar Today."

Fifth day of the General Chapter – September 7, 2013

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Today, following the request made by Pope Francis for people to fast and pray for peace, the chapter members decided upon forms of fasting and moments of prayer.

The chapter members met in the main hall for the first session of the day. The theme of the day was, "Carmel in Mission, Windows of Hope". The session heard four presentations by different members of the Order, representing the four geographical areas.

Fourth Day of the Chapter - September 6, 2013

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This day was dedicated to continuing our reflections on the Chapter Theme. In the morning, Michael Plattig, O.Carm., Professor of Spirituality at Münster University and a member of the German Province, presented, Living Charism and Mission for the Carmel: A Word of Hope and Salvation. He considered Carmelite Identity and Charism as the basis from which we can find words of hope and salvation for the world today. He said, “We Carmelites owe the Church the proclamation of God who redeems and liberates us, who wants to live in a relationship with us, a relationship of love and confidence, of reverence and of respect for the freedom of the other.” The Chapter was invited to ponder deeply on our history and prayer in order to find the hope that is so elusive for so many today.

Third day of the General Chapter – September 5, 2013

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The work of the Chapter on the 5th of September began with the celebration of the Eucharist, led by Fr. Míceál O'Neill, O.Carm.. The Gospel of the day was a call to us to caste our nets out into the deep.  In the morning session, Fr. Miceal O'Neill and Fr. Francisco de Sales Alencar, O.Carm. gave a powerpoint presentation on the Chapter process and a summary of the responses from the provinces, commissariats and delegations to the questions contained in the instrumentum laboris. 

Second day of the General Chapter


Day 2 of the General Chapter began with Mass led by Fr. Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm., the elected President of the Chapter.  During the day, the four General Councilors of the Regions of the Order, discussed their ministry over the past six years.


Fr. John Keating, O.Carm., described the reality of Europe where over half of the friars are over 70 years of age.  John identified the problems that include lack of mobility, challenging “comfort zones”

First Day of the General Chapter

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The 213th General Chapter of the Order of Carmelites opened in Il Carmelo in Sassone, Rome, Italy on Tuesday morning, September 3, 2013. 111 Friars from the five continents gathered representing nearly every country where the Carmelite Order has communities and ministers.

The Chapter began with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, led by the Prior General, the Most Reverend Fernando Millan Romeral, O.Carm.,

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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