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Sr. M. del Carmen Pueyo Españaque, (ZAR)

Ortus: 30-06-24
P. Temp.: 24-05-48
P. Soll.: 24-05-51

Fr. Agustín Heras García, (Baet)

Ortus: 01-12-35
P. Temp.: 01-01-62
P. Soll.: 15-08-66

P. Peter Byrth, (PCM)

The Ordinary Bi-annual meeting of the General Councils O.Carm.- O.C.D.


On the 16th of December, just gone by, the bi-annual meeting of the General Council with the members of the General Council of the Discalced Carmelites took place in the General Curia of the O.C.D. At the beginning of the meeting the new members of the O.Carm. General Council were introduced,

New Prior Provincial of the Maltese Province

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On 13 December 2013, the Maltese Province elected Fr. Alexander Vella to be prior provincial, to replace Fr. Michael Farrugia who was elected Procurator General at the General Chapter held last September.

Activities of the Prior General

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From the 22nd to the 24th of November, the Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., took part in the 4th Symposium in the series, “Textos para un Milenio” (Texts for a Millennium) that was held in the parish in Ayala, Madrid. The theme was, Dignity and Resistance, Testimonies, Reflections and Commitment to the Victims. The talk the Prior General gave centred on the Carmelites who were prisoners in the Dachau concentration camp. Also, availing of the opportunity of being in Madrid, he gave a course on Bl.Titus Brandsma to the novices in the interprovincial novitiate in Salamanca.

Cause Nostrae Letitiae

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November 2013

Initium Novitiatus

  • 17-11-13 Alex Giovanny Arevalo Quinchanegua (Ita-Col), Salamanca, España

Professio Solemnis

  • 30-09-13 Jan Maria Vianney Pavel Hanacek (BM), Kostelní Vydří, Česká republika
  • 30-11-13 Raphael Mary Nhat Tran (SEL), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 30-11-13 Nuno Miguel dos Santos Mendes (Lus), Fátima, Portugal
  • 30-11-13 Jerry De Sousa, (Flum), Belo Horizonte, Brasil

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),

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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