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A Meeting of the General Council

90/2017 – 15 – 12

The most recent meeting of the General Council took place from the 5th to the 12th of December. In addition to the items of ordinary administration and the reports of the General Councillors, the Prior General and his Council made the following appointments:
For the General Delegation of St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Albert of Jerusalem in India, with effect from the 15th of May, 2018.

  • Delegate General:    Fr. Robin Chackalaparambil, O.Carm.
  • First Councillor:        Fr. Jose Thomas Azhikakath, O.Carm.
  • Second Councillor:   Fr. Yesudas Asariparambil, O.Carm.

The Preparatory Commission for the 2019 General Chapter:

  • Fr. Edison Tinambunan (Indo)
  • Fr. Richard Byrne (Hib)
  • Fr. Claudemir Rozin (Par)
  • Fr. Boniface Kimondolo (Ken)
  • Fr. Luca Sciarelli (Ita)

The members of the Preparatory Commission will meet for the first time in the Spring of 2018.
Further, the General Council approved the new Rite for Simple and Solemn Professions, in Italian. The translations into the other two official languages of the Order will now get underway.

In the context of its discussion of financial topics, the General Council decided, in the light of the changes that have taken place in the office of the Bursar, not to hold the triennial meeting of bursars.

At the end of this plenary session, on the 12th of December, our bi-annual meeting with the General Council of the Discalced Carmelites took place at their General house. The Provost General, Fr. Saverio Cannistrà talked about the various appointments that they have made recently and elaborated on some of the topics that were treated at their Extraordinary Definitory, held in Ariccia. That was followed by an exchange of information regarding both Orders: at this point some consideration was given to the World Youth Day, programmed for the month of January, in Panama, in 2019, and to the preparations for the next meeting of ALACAR (the Association of Latin American Carmelites) which will take place from the 23rd to the 28th of October, 2018. Lastly, Bro. Fausto Spinelli, O.C.D., the bursar of the Israeli delegation and president of the joint international commission for the restoration of the ruins of the first Carmelite foundation, on Mount Carmel, along with the two architects already appointed gave a report on the latest developments in the project in the Wadi ‘ain es-Siah.
The meeting ended with everyone sharing in an enjoyable and fraternal lunch.

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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. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."