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    No. 2 – MARCH – APRIL 1999

    English Edition



    • Chapter: Province of Rio de Janeiro  
    • Chapter: Provincial Commissariat of Paranà  
    • Chapter: Province of Pernambuco  
    • Electoral Assembly: Province of Great Britain  
    • Visit at the Sandro Pertini Hospital  
    • Meeting of the International Commission for Lay Carmel
    • 25th Anniversary of the Upper German Province in India  
    • Fifth Centenary of the Betica Province  
    • 50th Anniversary of PCM American Province in Peru  
    • 50th Anniversary of the Maltese Province in Latin America  
    • 25th Anniversary of the Parish of Mostacciano (Rome)
    COURSE 1999




    • "The Man Upon Whom the Finger of God Has Rested"  
    • Solemn Profession on Mount Carmel  
    • Carmelite Family in India  
    • Elijah, who are you?  
    • New appointments for Carmelites in East Timor, Indonesia  
    • Venerable Angelo Paoli, O.Carm.  
    • Appointed to the diocese of Beja, Portugal  
    • 9th Meeting of Young Carmelites in Venezuela  
    • St. Andrew Corsini: Eucharistic "heart" of the Lateran Basilica




    The earth is awash
    with great splendour,
    let it rejoice and be glad;
    the light of the eternal King
    has conquered the darkness of the world!


    to the whole Carmelite Family


    Fr. Joseph Chalmers, Prior General

    Shortly after Christmas, I went to Brazil where I met Fr. Wilmar Santin, General Councillor, and together we attended the Provincial Chapter of the Province Flumenis Januarii in São Paulo from 4 - 8 January 1999. During the Chapter, Fr. Paulo Gollarte was re-elected Provincial and Frs. Domingos Fragoso, Pedro Caxito, Clementino Eijkelkamp and Antonio Silvio da Costa Junior were elected as Provincial Councillors. Fr. Wilmar and I had a meeting with the new Council. Flumenis Januarii On Saturday 9 January we left São Paulo for Graciosa where, on the following day, I received the first profession of seven novices from the Provincial Commissariat of Paranà (GerS). That same day, fourteen candidates began their retreat prior to entering the noviciate. Nine of these are from the Commissariat and five from the Province of Pernambuco. I also visited the Carmelite nuns in nearby Paranavai. On 11 January we travelled to Curitiba by minibus, a journey of about eight hours, and the Chapter of the Commissariat began on the Tuesday morning. Fr. Josué Ghizoni was re-elected Commissary Provincial and Frs. Ivani Pinheiro Ribeiro, Alfons Pflaum, Paulo Novais Mendez and João Batista Prieto Councillors. On Tuesday 19January Fr. Wilmar and I flew to Recife where we visited the Carmelite Archbishop Mgr. José Cardoso. We travelled to Cajazeiras for the end of the General Chapter of the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of Jesus (IMCJ). Sr. Vilma had been elected Superior General the previous day. We had a meeting with the newly elected General Council and then left with Bishop Antonio Muniz, O.Carm., to visit his diocese of Guarabira. We returned to Recife and then travelled to Camocim de São Felix for the Provincial Chapter of the Pernambuco Province which took place from 25 - 29 January. Fr. João Costa was elected Provincial and Frs. Luciano Santos Andrade, Sormani Barbosa Lima, Aloisio Da Silva Primo and Geraldo Dantas de Santana as Councillors. Archbishop José Cardoso was present for the beginning of the Chapter and Bishop Antonio Muniz for the end, while the other Carmelite Bishops, Mgr. Paulo Cardoso and Mgr. Eliseu Gomes De Oliveira were present throughout. Carmelite Missionary Sisters of Jesus I had to leave immediately after lunch on the last day of the Chapter to fly to London in order to be present at the Electoral Assembly of the Province of the Assumption (Great Britain). The Assembly began on 1 February 1999 with the funeral of Fr. Francis Crossan who had died suddenly just before celebrating Sunday morning Mass in our house in Aberdeen (Scotland). He was buried in Aylesford. At the Assembly, Fr. Piet Wijngaard was re-elected Provincial and Frs. Francis Kemsley, Wilfrid McGreal, Joseph Kelly and Tony Lester were elected to the Council. At the end of the meeting, various items were proposed for discussion at the Provincial Chapter which will take place in Aylesford from 6 - 9 April 1999. I arrived back in Rome on 10 February and the following day, I visited the Carmelite friars, Frs. Carmelo Vitrugno (Ita) and Stanislaw Lewinski (Pol), who work in the Sandro Pertini Hospital in Rome. We celebrated Mass in the hospital for the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. Sandro Pertini Hospital

    I spent two weeks in Rome and then flew to Vietnam.

    Fr. Lucio Renna, Delegate for Lay Carmel

    The International Commission for Lay Carmel met at the Curia house on 4 and 5 February 1999 to discuss the following topics:
    1. The project for Lay Carmel: to see if and how it was being carried out according to the previously agreed programme. In general the project is progressing according to schedule, although there is some slight delay in the revision of the Third Order Rule and Ritual. Regarding commitments for 1999, some Provinces are more advanced than others. It was suggested therefore, that the General Delegate should send a letter, possibly together with an invitation from the relevant General Councillor for the area concerned, proposing celebrations and meetings for areas and Provinces following the themes set out by the International Congress at Fatima in 1998.
    2. The draft Third Order Rule: a study has been prepared for the revision of the Third Order Rule in the light of the new Code of Canon Law, the Carmelite Constitutions and Christifideles laici. The new text, which is largely based on the previous version, was examined point by point and some additions made. It will now be translated into English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. The next step proposed by the Commission is to submit the new text to the General Council and the appropriate Vatican Congregation for approval.
    3. International Lay Carmelite Congress: the date (Holy Week, 2000) and place (Sassone) were re-confirmed. The general theme will be "Lay Carmel between the ‘already’ and the ‘not yet’: a gift and a responsibility in the Church at the service of the world". Specific topics: 1) Called by our past: a) telling the key points of our history; b) emphasising in the story the spiritual values incarnated by our saints. 2) Living history in the present: a) a look at the present underlining positive and negative aspects; b) how Carmel, and especially Lay Carmel, can meet the challenges and expectations of our age. 3) Pitched towards God’s future: a) to be formed and to form in the light of God and of history as lay Carmelites; b) witnesses to a Carmelite specificity.


    With a letter of 6 January 1999, the Prior General, Fr. Joseph Chalmers, and Councillor General for Formation, Fr. Alexander Vella, in accordance with our Constitutions, article 129 convened the international meeting of all the formators of the Order to revise and update the Ratio Institutionis Vitae Carmelitanae (RIVC) which is the document in which all aspects of the formative process are defined.

    The meeting will take place at the Carmelite retreat centre of San Felice del Benaco (near Brescia, Italy) from 28 September to 5 October 1999. The meeting is for formators at all levels and vocations promoters. Each Province, Commissariat and Delegation is expected to send at least one formator to this meeting. The formators in each region of the Order have already been involved in work to update the RIVC and at this meeting a final draft will be presented for discussion. The RIVC will then be presented to the Prior General and Council for approval.


    Last December the Indian Carmelites celebrated the 25th anniversary of their existence as a group. The decision to start a foundation of the Order in India was taken during the 1973 Provincial Chapter of the Upper German Province.th

    Fr. Joseph Kotschner, the then Provincial planned and organised this task with a long vision. He went to India, visited many dioceses and talked with the bishops about the idea. As a result of all these contacts the first batch of students arrived in Bamberg (Germany) on 29 December 1973. Two other groups followed in 1974 and 1976. From all these three batches only four candidates completed their Philosophical and theological studies successfully in Germany. They were ordained priests during 1981-83 and begun their ministry in India. In the meantime, on 15 August 1982, Bishop George Punnakottil laid in Kerala the foundation stone of the first Carmelite house for the Order "Carmel Nivas". During the following years the Indian Carmelites increased in number and opened four other houses.

    In 1991 the Indian foundation was made a region with Fr. Thomas Kizhakkemury as regional superior and in 1993 the status was elevated to a Provincial Commissariat with Fr. Sunny Kodiyan as first Commissary. At present the Provincial Commissariat of India has 60 professed members out of which 36 are solemnly professed. Among them, 27 are priests and all the rest are in priestly formation. There are also 10 postulants and 27 aspirants in various levels of formation.

    On 27 February 1999 in the house Buen Suceso in Seville the programme of celebrations for the fifth centenary of the foundation of the Betica Province (26 February 1499) was launched with a concelebrated Mass presided over by Fr. José Peralbo Ranchal, Prior Provincial. Before the Mass Fr. Ismael Martínez Carretero (Baet) gave a conference entitled "A Meeting with History" in which he spoke of the key events and most notable religious in the Province over the last 500 years. After Mass those present remained for a fraternal meal together. In preparation for the commemoration of the first fifty years of the PCM American Province's mission in Peru, the local Carmelite community has a number of projects underway. The two more significant projects involve El Colegio Carmelitas (Our Lady of Mount Carmel School) in Miraflores. El Colegio Carmelitas

    Recently the school purchased a piece of property about 20 miles from the Colegio which will serve as a retreat house for the students and other Carmelite apostolates as well as a centre of recreation for the students and their families. Villa Carmelitas, as it has been named, can accommodate 60 students in six separate bungalows. It also has a very beautiful church with a seating capacity of 100 people and a dining room - conference hall complex. The property of 15,000 sq. ms. has a swimming pool, a volleyball / handball court, an outdoor dining pavilion and two separate picnic areas. A football / basketball court is also in the planning stages. In addition there is a small bungalow which will serve as chaplain's quarters and two small bungalows for the caretaker and the cook and their respective families. At present about 4,000 sq. ms. have been planted as a vegetable garden to supply the kitchen. In the near future chickens will also be added to help supply the kitchen with eggs and meat. There is room for future expansion because there is a large stable area that can easily be prepared to house an additional 30 people. The Villa is very attractive and is located in an area which is still in the developing stages. The previous owners had so designed the property that it resembles a small provincial town.

    The second project involves the construction of a gymnasium with a seating capacity of about 3,000 people at the high school. The gymnasium complex is designed to incorporate into its structure a grandstand which already exists behind the goal posts of the soccer field. Approximately 450 sq. ms. of the building will be used for specialised classrooms and workshops. Construction of the gymnasium began during the month of October 1998. Hopefully the dedication of the gymnasium will coincide with the 50th anniversary celebration in July of 1999.

    This year the Province of Malta celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its missionary activity in Latin America. In recent years Maltese Carmelites worked in Peru and Bolivia, but today they are present only in Bolivia. There are also two religious from the Province working in the Peruvian mission of the PCM American Province.

    To commemorate this anniversary and to understand better the situation and needs of Maltese missionaries, in January and February 1999, the Provincial, Fr. Amadeo Zammit and the Provincial Councillor for the Missions, Fr. Albert Brincat, visited the seven Maltese friars and two Bolivian students in Peru and Bolivia. During his stay the Provincial conferred the Ministry of Acolyte on Bro. Germán Mamani and the Ministry of Reader on Bro. Milton Murillo, the first two Bolivian members of the Province.

    On another occasion, 2 February 1999, at Villa Fatima (La Paz) in Bolivia, the Provincial opened and blessed a Carmelite Centre for Spirituality (CECARE) and a retreat house, "Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus". According to Fr. Valerian Mercieca, Provincial Delegate and the one behind the initiative, the objectives and aims of this centre are two-fold: "It is a place where young people and adults can meet one another for spiritual retreats organised by the community. It also offers an opportunity to participate in and share Lectio Divina with the community. In order to reach these goals, courses have been arranged on the Bible, catechetics, theology, and so on.

    To mark the occasion of the twenty fifth anniversary of the foundation of the parish, the Carmelite Community in Mostacciano (Rome) is living through some exciting times. The first event was a talk show "Territory and Parish" when various people recalled and recounted 25 years of history. The second occasion was a conference/day of reflection on "The Sacramental Signs in the Temple" in which there were three speakers. There are other events planned, among which an official celebration with Mass and the conclusion of the anniversary celebrations to coincide with the patronal feasts of the Order.


    From 17 January to 5 February, 27 members of the Carmelite Family from various countries, gathered in the Istituto Madonna del Carmelo at Sassone (Rome) to take part in an Ongoing Formation Course organised by a commission made up of Frs. Falco Thuis (Neer), Antonio Ruiz Molina (Baet), Alexander Vella (General Councillor for Formation) and Henk Hoekstra (General Delegate for Mass Media and Communication in the Order).

    The daily programme was made up of morning prayer, breakfast, two talks, Mass, lunch, a talk, plenary discussion, evening prayer and dinner. The topics dealt with during the course were:

    On the last day of the course the participants discussed the question: "What could or should our contribution as an Order to the ministries of communication in the Church?" The result of these discussions was a final document addressed to all the members of the Carmelite Family as follows.


    At the end of our three weeks together the Ongoing Formation Group feels that it is right to tell you something about what we have experienced and learned together. Above all, the experience in Sassone has been a positive one of fraternity, co-operation and mutual understanding of our diverse cultures. Indeed, our experience has been greatly enriched by the fact that we come from a whole variety of countries and backgrounds. The experts who came to talk to us gave us many points for reflection and for further discussion and certainly these three weeks represent only a beginning of our study of the question of mass media. However, we would like to draw some conclusions from what we have heard and learned which provide some concrete suggestions for further action in this field. To begin with, we realise that we have passed from a generation based on books (a literary culture) to one based on audio-visual means of communication. We welcome this new cultural context in which we work, and we acknowledge the need to dialogue with it in order to pass on our Carmelite values in this age. Our Constitutions already invite us to work with the mass media (no.34 § 2), but we must pass from simply treating the media as external instruments to a relationship with the media in which evangelisation takes place because the way of communicating and what is communicated become increasingly one. While we recognise the value of the culture that surrounds us we also realise that in some sense it is incomplete and imperfect. By dialoguing with those who in fact shape modern culture, through the use of TV, CD-ROM and the Internet, we feel sure that we can promote human values in an eschatological perspective towards a better future. In order to put these principles into practice, we would like to suggest the following concrete proposals:

    Commitments undertaken by the group

    1. Put summary of this Ongoing Formation Course on Internet and in CITOC.
    2. Compile a catalogue of videos, music cassettes, CDs and CD-ROMs of Carmelite interest.
    3. Send duplicate books on Philosophy and Theology in English to Zimbabwe.
    4. Give all possible help and support to the presentation of the history of the Order on CD by Fr. A. Ruiz.
    5. Latin texts and English translation from Medieval Carmelite Heritage (Frs. A. Staring and R. Copsey) to be put on the Internet.
    Suggestions to be made to the leadership Suggestions to be made to the leadership
    1. Encourage all Provinces to produce Internet pages.
    2. Make a commitment to provide Internet equipment to parts of the Order where there are not sufficient means.
    3. Put a strong statement on the need for communication training in RIVC – technical, spiritual and social.
    4. Move into CD design and production.
    5. Establish provincial communications group.
    6. Establish international communications group, which would provide a forum for the General Delegates for Culture (Higher Studies), Communication and Formation to work together.
    7. Discuss social communications at international meetings (e.g. General Congregation, Bamberg 1999)
    8. Produce video in various languages on Carmel.
    9. Set clear objectives for each year (Year 1, acquire the equipment; Year 2, learn how to use the equipment: Year 3 produce useful materials with the equipment).
    10. Establish divisions for electronic publication in the major institutes of the Order.
    We rejoice in a long tradition of people who devoted their lives to the work of communication, as the historians at the course pointed out. Among these we would like to pay tribute to one who in recent years has made a deep impact on the whole Carmelite Family by his skill as a photographer and publisher of Carmelite treasures, that is, Fr. Riccardo Palazzi, of the Italian Province of Carmelites. Fr. Riccardo, despite his very serious illness, continues to inspire the Order by his work and example. We would like to offer him our gratitude and support in prayer.

    May Mary, the Mother of the Word, be with us in our search for the true face of God and in our efforts to make the truth of his love known wherever we are called to serve.


    At the end of last year the federation Mater et Decor Carmeli in the Betica Province sent a programme of studies for juniors and one for Ongoing Formation to all monasteries. Both courses will take place this year. Mater et Decor Carmeli

    The course for juniors will begin on 11 April with a concelebrated Mass presided over by Fr. Rafael Leiva Sánchez, Provincial. This course will take place in the federation’s house in Cordoba and will last nine weeks. The following topics will be dealt with:

    Two types of course have been arranged for the communities of the Federation. One has the theme "God the Father of Mercy" in line with the Church’s preparation for the Jubilee year in 2000. This course will be given in various monasteries by Frs. José Vioque and Miguel Barbero, O.Carm., and Rev. Juan Antonio Paredes. The second course will be held in the Federation’s house in Cordoba from 27 September to 8 October and will cover two topics: "St. Teresa Benedict of the Cross (Edith Stein): Life and message" (by Fr. Alfonso Moreno, O.Carm.) and "Reconciliation between God and humanity" (by Fr. Mariano Martínez, CMF). Last 4 February Cardinal Achille Silvestrini visited the monastery "Monte Carmelo" at Vetralla. The Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches presided over a solemn and moving Mass for Cardinal Antonio Samorè. Apart from the community, representatives from the embassies of Chile and Argentina were also present to pay homage to the man through whose mediation brought these two nations came together at Vetralla to sign a peace treaty on 29 November 1984.


    The presence of Lay Carmelites in the English speaking Caribbean has a long history of more than 60 years. Throughout this period several people dedicated their life to spread the spirituality of Carmel among the people of God. At present the registered membership is approximately 400. There are 8 Lay Carmels in Trinidad and 3 in St. Lucia. Three new Lay Carmels are blossoming in the garden of the Caribbean, namely St. Vincent, Dominica and Antigua. In order to co-ordinate activities among these groups, a National Council for the Third Order was formed, with its first president Br. Frank Cooper, and Regional Co-ordinator, Sr. Adriana Noel of the Congregation Corpus Christi Carmelites. Members are actively involved in the parishes. As a community of Lay Carmelites they have accepted, at the request of the Archbishop, Mgr. Anthony Pantin, to continue the Apostolate of the Sick. The terminally ill, whose names are registered, receive a Certificate ensuring them of their prayers. On the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes many parishes celebrate Holy Mass for the sick and Lay Carmelites provide transportation for those who could attend.

    In order to experience community three activities are organised annually by the National Council: a General Meeting, a retreat and a social event. Lay Carmelites are also assisted in their formation by a quarterly magazine Carmeletter. In view of the third millennium, the Caribbean Lay Carmelites have a three fold program in On-going formation: (a) to become more Carmelite; (b) to make Mary, the Mother of Carmel, better known and loved; (c) to build lay communities who genuinely love God and their neighbour. At present the National Council is very active in conducting an out-reach programme to encourage youths between the ages of fifteen and twenty to become members of the Carmelite Third Order.

    Lay Caribbean are very grateful to the Carmelite Fathers in the United Kingdom and in the United States (particularly to the Carmelites of St. Elias Province who last year opened a new foundation in Trinidad), and to the Archbishop of Port-of-Spain for their spiritual guidance and support.


    BÄUMER, Regina; PLATTIG, Michael,
    Aufmerksamkeit ist das natürliche Gebet der Seele, Echter, Würzburg, 1998, pp. 346.

    Il Carmelo in Italia – 1999,
    (a cura: P. Riccardo Palazzi e Fr. Roberto M. Russo), Centro Stampa Carmelitana, Roma, 1999, pp. 192.

    Carmelite Liturgical Guide 1999,
    Carmelite Communications, Melbourne, 1998, pp. 16.

    LOPEZ MELUS, Amador (Rafael Mª), carmelita,
    Nuestra Familia López Melús, Zaragoza, 1999, pp. 200.

    Meditar Dia e Noite na Lei do Senhor,
    Centro da Família Carmelita, Lisboa, 1998, pp. 32.

    Order of Carmelites – North American Province of Saint Elias – 1999 Directory,
    Provincial’s Office, Middletown, 1998, pp. 48.

    Penanggalan Liturgi 1999,
    Ordo Karmel, Provinsi Indonesia,Tahun A/I, pp. 74.

    RYAN, J.L., O.Carm.,
    Giving Thanks for 100 Years of St. Thérèse’s Writings, The Thérèsian Trust, Dublin, 1998, pp. 20.

    RYAN, J.L., O.Carm.,
    The Act of Oblation of St. Thérèse to the Merciful Love of God, The Thérèsian Trust, Dublin, 1998, pp. 20.

    ZAPPATORE, Lucio Maria,
    Parrocchia è bello! Esperienze (si fa per dire . . . .) Pastorali (e dintorni), Libreria Editrice "Il Pozzo di Giacobbe", Trapani, pp. 208.

    25° Parrocchia – Santa Giovanna Antida – Brescia,
    Editrice La Rosa, Brescia, 1998, pp. 36.

    Calendario Carmelitano 1999
    Calendario Carmelitano 1999 – Santuario della Madonna - Trapani
    Gli Anni Santi dal 1300 al 1600 attraverso gli Annulli delle Poste Vaticane e stampe dell’epoca. (A cura di Riccardo Palazzi e Roberto M. Russo) Centro Stampa Carmelitana, Roma, Italia.

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.[1999 Calendar]
    Order of Carmelites, Kerala, India.

    Kalendarju 1999
    Santuarju Bazilika Minuri Madonna tal-Karmnu, Valletta, Malta.

    El Carmen 1999
    Museo de Ciencias, PP. Carmelitas, Ctra. De Tales s/n 12200 Onda (Castellón), España.

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    With regard to the Carmelite Library, another copy should be sent to: The Carmelite Library, Via Sforza Pallavicini 10, 00193 - Rome, Italy. Publications for review in CARMELUS: A copy should be sent to: The Book Review Editor, CARMELUS, Via Sforza Pallavicini 10, 00193 - Rome, Italy.


    "Preachers sometimes tell us about the ‘finger of God’ to explain how some individuals are directly chosen to fulfil a particular task in the countering of evil forces. And sometimes the ultimate chosen concern of those individuals focuses upon any prevailing abuse of humanity. The Carmelite priest Titus Brandsma was in this mould." This is the introduction which the Anglican Pastor, Richard Shinkins, published in his October 1998 newsletter to his friends. Pastor Shinkins heard of Titus Brandsma for the first time during one of his routine visits to Malta. While in Valletta, he entered the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and found a leaflet about the Carmelite Martyr, Bl. Titus Brandsma. After reading his short biography and the poem written in the prison at Scheveningen, "Prayer Before a Picture of Christ", he was so moved by this little man that he decided to spread information about Bl. Titus and to hang a picture of him and his prayer in all rooms of the retreat centre "St. Francis’ House" in Huntingdon (UK). In November 1998, nine Carmelites from the PCM American Province, along with 35 other people, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, led by Fr. Robert Colaresi. Among the highlights was the visit to Mount Carmel and the ancient Carmelite ruins in the Wadi ein Siah. First the group gathered inside and by the Prior's Cell, at the entrance to the ruins, to read the primitive Carmelite Rule written by St. Albert, Patriarch of Jerusalem. Then the pilgrimage group climbed to the ancient chapel of "Our Lady of this Place." Inside, Br. Bruce Baker made his solemn profession of religious vows to Fr. Leo McCarthy, Provincial. The homily touched on the echoes of the past, as they spoke to the present and the future. The Litany of the Saints was proclaimed by a married couple as Br. Bruce prostrated on the ground of the ancient Chapel ruins. There were tears as almost 800 years of history listened to Bruce Baker respond to God's call. On 6 December 1998 various male and female religious belonging to different Carmelite Orders and Congregations, among whom Carmelites, Discalced Carmelites and Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, met in Bangalore to organise the Carmelite Family in India. The aims of the association are to promote: (a) mutual understanding and appreciation of each Institute’s Charism and spirituality; (b)deeper study and better understanding of the Carmelite heritage in the context of religious and cultural heritage of India; (c) Carmelite thrust to the renewal and formation programs; (d) mutual co-operation and collaboration in the organisation of the Carmelite programs and celebrations; (e) sharing of the Carmelite heritage with the laity. At the end of December 1998 the young people of the Carmelite Movement of Sicily came together at Lentini for a regional conference. The participants came from Trapani, Palermo, Pozzallo, Lentini and Modica and there were about 30 of them all aged between 14 and 25 years. Bro. Giuseppe M. Midili (with the support of Frs. Lucio Zappatore, Pippo Basile Franco Collodoro and Pasqualino Mariani) guided the young people in their deepening appreciation of the concept of prophet and the figure of Elijah. Since 8 years ago, the Indonesian Province welcomes every year some candidates who come from East Timor, though no Carmelite Fathers / Brothers ever worked over there. They know the Carmelite Order through the Hermanas de la Virgen María del Monte Carmelo who have been working in East Timor since 1974. After a long process of negotiation, the Bishop of Dili, East Timor, Mgr. Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, SDB, gave permission to the Indonesian Province to send two priests to start a Carmelite foundation in his diocese. Hermanas de la Virgen María del Monte Carmelo
    On 5 January 1999, two young Carmelite priests, accompanied by Fr. Francis Sulistyo, vice Provincial, set foot on the Island of East Timor to begin their ministry. They are Frs. Henry Gheta and Matthew Siringo-ringo. Mgr. Belo appointed Fr. Henry Gheta chaplain of a retreat house in Maubara, which belongs to Hermanas Carmelitas, and Fr. Matthew Siringo-ringo pastor of a parish in Liquica. For the time being both friars live in the retreat house of the Carmelite sisters in Maubara, which is situated about 50 km from Dili. Hermanas Carmelitas, On Sunday 24 January in the basilica of S. Martino ai Monti, as also in our church in Torrespaccata, the figure of Venerable Angelo Paoli was recalled on the occasion of the 279th anniversary of his death. Both parish celebrations were marked by the distribution of bread, as a way of recalling our confrereth ’s work, and the adoption of a project from Caritas Carmelitana. Other celebrations took place in Argigliano, birthplace of Angelo Paoli. These various events lead us to hope that this venerable will eventually be beatified. Some small booklets have been produced which contain a life of Angelo Paoli. On 25 January 1999 Vatican Radio announced that the Holy Father had accepted the resignation of Mgr. Manuel Francoa da Costa de Oliveira Falcão from the diocese of Beja, Portugal, for reasons of age. In his place the Holy Father has appointed Mgr. Antonio Vitalino Fernandes Dantas, O.Carm., titular bishop of Tlos and auxiliary to the patriarch of Lisbon. >From 13 to 16 February, in our house of Colonia Tovar, Estado Aragua, the young Carmelites of Venezuela (JOCARVE) celebrated their 9th meeting. It was co-ordinated by Bro. Javier A. Giraldo (Cat), Sr. Sayda and Bro. Gustavo Brito (Cat) and the main theme was "Examples of Holiness in our reality of Latin America". This proved to be of great value for the spiritual growth and the deepening of relations within the Carmelite Family. The young people attending realised the need to unify their efforts and progress together in the living out of the Carmelite charism, following Jesus Christ, for without the opportunity for a meeting such as this, it would be very difficult to build community.th The major Roman basilicas follow the custom of leaving the Blessed Sacrament exposed all day. We have ‘discovered’ that in the Lateran basilica, the chapel where there is continuous adoration is that of St. Andrew Corsini, O.Carm. Here Romans can gather to pray daily according to the intentions of the Holy Father. The liturgical fittings are well looked after, and this is a good reason for stopping for a moment in prayer in one of the most beautiful chapels in Rome.


    Addresses of new houses

    Dutch Province in the Philippines
    Carmelite Noviciate "Spring of Carmel", 22 Anahaw St., Gloria 111 Subd., Bgy. 1128 Culiat, Quezon City, Philippines. Tel: (+63 – 2) 4557433

    Pernambuco Province in Mozambique
    PP. Carmelitas, C.P. 544, Missão de Gorongosa, Beira, Mozambique. Tel: (+258 – 3) 320136

    New phone / fax numbers

    Castilian Province in Argentina
    Seminario Carmelita "Elias Profeta", C. Aconcagua, 3652, 1825 Monte Chingolo, Lanus Este (Buenos Aires), Argentina. Tel: (+54 – 1) 2482662

    Polish Province
    Klasztor OO. Karmelitów, Ul. Kosciuszki 2, 48 -120 Baborów, Poland. Tel: (+48 - 77) 4869120
    Klasztor OO. Karmelitów, Chyzne 157, 34-481 Chyzne, Poland. Tel: (+48 - 18) 2631926
    Klasztor OO. Karmelitów, ul. Profesorska 3, 80-856 Gdansk, Poland. Tel: (+48 - 58) 3011595
    Klasztor OO. Karmelitów, Lipiny 60, 39-220 Pilzno, Poland. Tel: (+48 - 14) 6721295
    Klasztor OO. Karmelitów, ul. Biernackiego, 9a, 20 - 089 – Lublin, Poland. Tel: (+48 - 81) 7471204
    Klasztor OO. Karmelitów (Provincial’s house), ul. Karmelicka 19, 31-131 Krakow, Poland. Tel: (+48 - 12) 6326752 / 6321173; Fax: 6326970
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    Address: Karmel ‘St. Jozef’
    Westelijk Halfrond 3
    1183 HN, Amstelveen
    Diocese : Haarlem
    History: History:

    The monastery of ‘St. Jozef’ in Amstelveen has a rather eventful history. It was first founded in 1870 in Xanten (Germany), by the cloistered nuns of ‘Elzendaall’ in Boxmeer (Holland). In 1876 the sisters of the monastery ‘St. Jozef’ had to leave Germany because of the ‘Kulturkampf’ laws. They couldn't return to Elzendaal and so they founded a temporary house in Boxmeer. But having two convents quite near to each other was not an ideal situation. So in 1969 the community of ‘St. Jozef’ moved to Amstelveen, where a monastery was built as an annex to the new Carmelite parish church. Therefore the ‘St. Jozef’ Carmel in Amstelveen has three founding dates: 1870/1876/1969.

    In the following years some sisters moved into other monasteries in Holland, some died and others, for health reasons, preferred to live alone. Eight years later, in 1977, Fr. Johan Egberink, the then Prior Provincial, invited four other Carmelite cloistered nuns to go and continue their monastic life in Amstelveen. This new small group moved into the monastery. During a period of more than twenty years the sisters lived in Amstelveen, so experiencing many changes. The original community of six sisters was reduced to three members, who are matured in age but still active in living their religious vocation, living for God, the community and all the people of God.

    Sr. Ine Schmutzer, O.Carm.



    Short history

    In our century we see the birth of many new institutions, lay as well as religious. Among them are Putri Karmel (Daughters of Carmel) and Carmelitae Sancti Eliae (CSE). Putri Karmel is a religious community of women, whereas CSE is for men. God has called them into existence through the instrumentality of a Carmelite priest, Fr. Yohanes Indrakusuma, member of the Indonesian Province. Putri Karmel was founded in 1982, in Ngadireso, a small village in the diocese of Malang, East Java, and CSE in 1986 in the same place. The two communities were flourishing and attracting many people to their place, and this caused a lot of trouble and opposition. In 1988 the CSE brothers, together with Fr. Yohanes, had to move out of Malang and they settled in Cikanyere, a small village in the diocese of Bogor, about 100 km from Jakarta, on land purchased for them by two generous benefactors. The departure was very painful, but in God’s unfathomable providence it proved to be a great blessing for the community and God’s people in West Java.

    In 1992 the expansion began for Putri Karmel with a new community in the diocese of Ruteng, Flores. In 1993 a study house was purchased in Malang, in a very providential way, showing how the Lord was with them. Then in 1995 a new community was founded in Cikanyere, West Java, in the diocese of Bogor. Finally, in 1997, they founded, almost simultaneously, two new communities, one in the diocese of Medan, North Sumatra, and the other outside Indonesia, in Sabah, East Malaysia, where they were received heartily by the bishop. In this community there are five Malaysians sisters. In all these places they are all very esteemed and loved by the local bishops, by the people and in most parts also by the local clergy.

    The Carmelitae Sancti Eliae is primarily a religious community, not a clerical one, even though there are some clerics among their members, but they have no priests yet. At present they have two houses (one of which is a "desert community", a purely contemplative community) and a big retreat centre (with a capacity of 252 beds) in Bogor. In Malang they have a study house and another retreat centre. Both centres are run together with Putri Karmel.

    Spirituality and way of life

    The two communities have the same spirituality, way of life and ministry. Fundamentally they follow the spirit of the Carmelite Rule and Traditions, accentuating the contemplative aspect, integrated with the Charismatic Renewal. From the latter they learned the openness and docility to the Holy Spirit and His gifts, especially in ministering to people. They opted for an open-contemplative way of life with a predominance on the life of prayer and contemplation. Until now their monasteries are built in solitary places. This is what they call the basic community. Beside the divine office they spend 2 hours daily in silent prayer (mediation/contemplation), one in the morning and another in the evening. For this they use preferably the lectio divina or the Jesus Prayer. Scripture reading has a prominent place in their life.

    From this basic way of life spring the active-contemplative community and the desert-community. The active-contemplative community is more open to various ministries, mainly spiritual, but always in accordance with their spirit. The desert-community is a purely contemplative one, without any active ministry. Their first mission is to stand before the Lord, like Moses who prayed on the mountain while Joshua was in war with the Canaanites. Both institutions have their own desert-community. The sisters and brothers can stay there either for good or temporarily.


    Their ministry is mainly spiritual and they do by this by conducting different kinds of retreats, teaching people the way of prayer and contemplation, counselling and praying for healing, especially inner healing. Through their retreats and prayers God brought many people to conversions and to the knowledge of God. It is almost a weekly occurrence that people are being converted, even during the ordinary Sunday Eucharist. During the "initiation retreat" it is very frequent that non-practising Christians come to confession after 5, 10, 15, or even 20 years. It is really a tremendous grace and a great privilege to be allowed to witness God’s infinite merciful love in operation. That is why, especially in Cikanyere, Bogor, that for the last two years, our programs for the whole year were already fully booked in February of that year. In order to be able to participate in a retreat they have to wait a long time, not withstanding the fact, that the centre has 252 beds available and more than 20 programs a year. The retreat centre in Malang is as crowded as in Bogor, and for some retreats they even accommodate more than 400 people.

    The sisters and brothers are in great demand among the people and they are invited everywhere. They travel to many places in Indonesia. These last two years they are also invited abroad to Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and even to the USA, although they minister mainly among the Indonesians abroad, except in Malaysia and Singapore.

    A very interesting ministry is among the youth. Every year, during school holidays, the CSE brothers organised what they called a "Spiritual Youth Camp", a kind of retreat, for a whole week each time. There, many lives are converted and renewed. These last few years these camps attracted 2300-2800 young people each year. The Lord is pouring down abundantly his saving love among His people at the dawn of the Third Millennium.