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Monday, 17 June 2024 07:30

2024 Irish Provincial Chapter Confirms New Leadership

The Irish Provincial Chapter was held in Gort Muire Carmelite Centre (Dublin) from Sunday, June 9th to Friday, June 14, 2024. On the Sunday evening, the members of the Chapter gathered in the Chapel for a Liturgy to open the Provincial Chapter. After the service the members moved to the Chapter Room where the Prior General, Mícéal O’Neill gave an address. In his address he said:

“Dear brothers, the 2024 provincial chapter will be very different to previous chapters in this province. I am thinking mainly of the work of preparation.  The three words that are associated with the Synod of Bishops that now occupies so much of the attention of the Church, namely, participation, communion and mission, apply very precisely to this 2024 provincial chapter.”

The Prior General then proposed the appointment of Mr. Danny Curtin as the moderator – facilitator of the chapter. The members of the Chapter approved the proposal that members of the Order, not of the Irish Province, who are living in Ireland could attend and participate in the Chapter.  They also approved the proposal that our lay collaborators could attend and participate in the relevant sessions of the Chapter, including members of the lay family on Thursday, June 13, 2024.

The Prior Provincial, Michael Troy, then gave his Relatio during which he said,

“We need to respond to the invitation of Pope Francis — to have the courage to allow ourselves to be pushed beyond our securities, including the security we find in our pastoral activities. What does the Church in Ireland & Zimbabwe expect from Carmelites today? What do we bring to the Church and world today?”

The Prior General then confirmed the new Prior Provincial, Simon Nolan, in office. He also confirmed in office the Provincial Councillors, Fintan Burke, Simplisio Manyika, Brain McKay and James Eivers. The Provincial then confirmed in office the Commissary Provincial, Ezevia Murambiwa. The Provincial announced that he had asked Vitalis Chiromba, a member of the Zimbabwean Commissariat to be the Assistant Provincial.

This is the first time that a member of the Zimbabwean Commissariat had been elected as a Provincial Councillor (Simplisio Manyika) and a Zimbabwean appointed to be the Assistant Provincial (Vitalis Chiromba). In many ways, it reflects the desire for unity and deeper relationships between the two geographical parts of the province.

With Ms. Julie McCullough, the Province’s Director of Safeguarding, the members spent some time considering the area of safeguarding. Julie noted that the Province achieved all seven standards in the recent review by the National Safeguarding Board. 

Under the facilitation of Mr. Curtin, the Province developed a unified vision for the Province (in both Ireland and Zimbabwe) under three interconnected areas: (a) renewing the ways of we relate to each other as brothers; (b) working with a model of intentional encounter and accompaniments; and (c) working in a synodal way and in co-responsibility.

On Thursday, the members of the Chapter were joined by the lay people who had been invited to join in the common discernment. During this session the lay members of the Carmelite Family stated that they saw so much potential in the vision which they wanted to share with the friars. They wanted to work together and be co-responsible.

On Friday, after approving the revised Statutes for the Province, the proposals with regard to Zimbabwe and committing to the vision for the Province, the members of the Chapter returned to the Chapel for a closing liturgy. The Chapter concluded with the singing of the Flos Carmeli.

Prior Provincial | Prior Provincial | Priore Provinciale
Simon Nolan, O. Carm.

Assistant Provincial | Asistente Provincial | Assistente Provinciale
Vitalis Chiromba, O. Carm.

1st Councilor | 1er Consejero | 1Consigliere
Fintan Burke, O. Carm.

2nd Councilor | 2do Consejero | 2Consigliere
Simplisio Manyika, O. Carm.

3rd Councilor | 3er Consejero | 3Consigliere
Brian McKay, O. Carm.

4th Councilor | 4to Consejero | 4Consigliere
James Eivers, O. Carm.

Commissary Provincial Zimbabwe | Comisario Provincial Zimbabwe | Commissario Provinciale Zimbabwe
Ezevia Murambiwa, O. Carm.

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