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XVIII General Chapter of the Congregation of the "Hermanas Carmelitas del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus"


The XVIII General Chapter of the Carmelite Sisters of the Congregation of the "Hermanas Carmelitas del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus" (HCSCJ) was held from the 17th of July to the 9th of  August 2014 at the Casa Madre in Malaga, Spain. The following were elected:

  • Superior General:  Sr. Rosario González
  • 1st Councilor:   Sr. Conchita Tejerina
  • 2nd Councilor: Sr. M. José Medina

Causa Nostrae Letitiae Iunius 2014

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Initium Novitiatus

  • 04-07-14 Shelton Zimondi (Hib-Zim), Kriste Mambo, Zimbabwe
  • 04-07-14 Andrew Madume (Hib-Zim), Kriste Mambo, Zimbabwe
  • 04-07-14 Underson Musina (Hib-Zim), Kriste Mambo, Zimbabwe
  • 04-07-14 Marvellous Murungu (Hib-Zim), Kriste Mambo, Zimbabwe
  • 04-07-14 Machona Agostinho Celio (Pern-Moz) Kriste Mambo, Zimbabwe
  • 04-07-14 Candido Augusto Vida (Pern-Moz) Kriste Mambo, Zimbabwe

First European Lay Carmelite Congress

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The first European Lay Carmelite Congress took place at Aylesford Priory, England, 25-28 July 2014. This is an initiative organized by the British Province, in which some 50 delegates took part from Britain, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, and Portugal, and included members of the Third Order, The Leaven Secular Institute, the Discalced Secular Order, new expressions of Lay Carmel including Carmelite Spirituality Groups, as well as friars working with Lay Carmel.

Ad hoc Commission Meeting

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At the 2013 General Chapter, the delegates passed a proposal to establish an "ad hoc" commission to examine the future viability and structure of Institutum Carmelitianum, the current and historical archives, the General and Carmelite libraries, Edizioni Carmelitane, along with examining the usage of all Curia property in Rome, which includes the Curia, CISA, and the Domus.

Vitam Coelo Reddiderunt


Fr. Bertholdus Bloo, (Neer)


Ortus: 18-03-24
P. Temp.: 10-09-58
P. Soll.: 10-09-61 

Sr. M. Raffaella Donaera, (RAV)


Ortus: 21-11-30
P. Temp.: 15-12-56
P. Soll.: 26-12-59

Activities of the Prior General

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On the 6th of June last, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm. concelebrated the morning Eucharist with his Holiness, Pope Francis in the chapel of Santa  Marta and took the opportunity to greet him once again. This is the third time that the Prior General has been able to speak to the Holy Father, to whom he expressed the commitment that Carmel has to new evangelisation.

Meeting of the Task Force for Carmelite Schools


From 8th through to the 10th of July, 2014, the Task-Force of Carmelite schools gathered in our General Curia in Rome. The members taking part were Sr. Visitación Baz from Spain (HVMMC); Paul Horan, O.Carm. (Hib-Zimb); Javier Garmon i Calvo, O.Carm. (Cat); Tony Mazurkiewicz, O.Carm. (PCM); Albertus Herwanta, O.Carm. (Indo); under the leadership of Raúl Maraví, O.Carm., Councillor General and President of the Task Force.

Appointment as consultor of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life


On the 16th July 2014 the Holy Father Francis appointed as consultor of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life Fr. Bruno Secondin, O. Carm. (Italian Province), ordinary lecturer emeritus in modern spirituality and foundations of spiritual life at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.

To Fr. Bruno we offer our most cordial good wishes and congratulations.

In Sollemnitate B.V. Mariae de Monte Carmelo 2014


Flos Carmeli, vitis florigera,

splendor caeli, Virgo puerpera singularis.

Mater mitis, sed viri nescia,

Carmelitis esto propitia,

stella maris.

Causa Nostrae Letitiae Iunius 2014


Initium Novitiatus

  • 08-06-14 Vincent Deming (PCM), Middletown, NY, USA
  • 08-06-14 Jeffrey Lima (PCM), Middletown, NY, USA
  • 08-06-14 James Holman (PCM), Middletown, NY, USA
  • 08-06-14 James Thien Tran (SEL), Middletown, NY, USA
  • 08-06-14 Ignatius Tien Le (SEL), Middletown, NY, USA
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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