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CITOC Archive

CITOC Archive (588)

October 4, 2018 was a great day for “East Indonesian” Carmelites in the Province of Indonesia. They opened the 50th anniversary celebration of Carmel’s arrival on the island of Flores which contains Indonesia’highest Catholic population. Carmelites have served in Flores since 1969. The celebration took place in The Holy Cross Parish of Mauloo-Maumere-Indonesia in a Mass attended by Carmelite friars, sisters of various congregations and many local parishioners. Fr. Barnabas Krispinus Ginting, O.Carm, the 1st Conciliarius led the service together with Fr. Telesforus Jenti, O.Carm.,Vicar of Maumere Diocese, Fr. Frumentius Ebu, O.Carm., parish priest of Mauloo and dozen of Carmelite priests.50th Karmel Indonesia

In his sermon, Fr. John don Bosco Djawa, O.Carm. shared the message of Jesus’ Transfiguration on Mount Tabor. He emphasized that Jesus was “always in prayer” no matter the situation. This notion of being “always in prayer” has also been fundamental to Carmelite spirituality along with service and fraternity. Prayer provides the basis of for authentic service and fraternity. For this reason, Fr. John urged Carmelites to be “always in prayer”.  “If this happens all people will experience Jesus transfiguration because of our presence as carmelites” said the former Commissary of the East Indonesia Commissariat (part of the Indonesia Province).

Fr. Jenti, the Vicar of Maumere, who has been the chairman of the celebration committee, gave his impressions in a speech after the service. He emphasized the importance of this occasion and explained why Mauloo was chosen for the opening celebration. According to our history, three pioneers began Carmel’s work among the people of Flores Island. They were Fr. Ignasius Widodo, O.Carm, Fr. Fransiskus Sardjono, O.Carm and Br. Yakobus Suradji, O.Carm. “Their work”, said the first East Indonesia Carmelite to become Vicar of Maumere Diocese, “has given root to Carmel’s service to the Catholic Church of East Indonesia”. Fr. Jenti also thanked everyone, especially parishioners of Mauloo, who have been supporting Carmelites since the beginning of their presence in Flores.

The mission of our Order in Flores depended on an agreement between Mgr. Donaus Djagom, SVD (the Archbisop of Ende-Flores) and Fr. Hardjoko Hardjomardjojo, O.Carm (the first Prior Provincial of Indonesia). The Archbishop wanted to invite as many religious congregations as possible to help in the SVD mission. The SVDs sought to strengthen the local Church. The Carmelites of the Indonesia Province enthusiastically answered this invitation and the Holy Cross Parish of Mauloo-Maumere was the starting point to begin this evangelical mission. Thus, on October 4th, 1969, the three were welcomed by Mgr. Donatus and many parishioners into the gate of Mauloo Parish.

The great works of these three pioneers has been a blessing to many especially to our Order in the Eastern part of Indonesia. As we know, Flores Island has been a place where many Indonesian Carmelites come from nowadays. There are three formation houses which have more than 30 members: promising numbers for the future of our Order.

The opening celebration of the 50th Anniversary Carmel’s arrival in Flores Island was closed with a dinner. The foods were very traditional prepared by the parishioners. As usual, there was traditional dancing. All sang in joy and happiness. According to the plan, there will be many activities until October 4th, 2019. They include sporting events, biblical games, youth camp, musical and arts performances, charity bazaars and reforesting activities.


Monday, 01 October 2018 14:04

International Congress of Carmelite Laity

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70/2018 – 30 – 09

In Sassone (Rome) from September 15 to 20, 2018, an International Congress of Carmelite Laity was celebrated, with the participation of some 250 people from 24 different nations around the world, mostly lay people and also some Carmelite friars and sisters.

The theme of the Congress was "Our Lady of Mount Carmelo: Mother of the Family". The main speakers included, Archbishop Antônio Muniz, O.Carm., Archbishop of Maceío (Brazil); Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., Prior General of the Order; Ms. Christine Wade, TOC of Australia; and Giovanni Grosso, O.Carm., President of the Institutum Carmelitanum. In addition to the conferences and the work in linguistic groups, the participants had the opportunity to listen to some testimonies and experiences of the Carmelite vocation in the life of lay people.

With the Prior General

The objective of the meeting was to deepen the Marian spirituality of our Order, strengthen the bonds of international fraternity among the various national and provincial groups and encourage the multiplying element of the laity within the Carmelite Family.

This congress was carried out thanks to the work and organization of the current General Commission for Carmelite Laity composed of Raúl Maraví, O.Carm. (President), Joseph Hung Tran, O.Carm., Désiré Unen Alimange, O.Carm., Normita Lacanilao, Jennifer Wanjiku, María José García de la Barrera, Michele Bonanno, José Araújo and José Luis Laghi.

Monday, 24 September 2018 20:24

Electoral Chapter of the Monastery of Carpineto Romano, Italy

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67/2018 – 21 – 09

The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Carpineto Romano, Italy, was held 21 September 2018. The following were elected:

  • Prioress:  Sr. M. Noemi Malagesi, O.Carm.
  • 1st Councilor:   Sr. M.Valentina Rossin, O.Carm.
  • 2nd Councilor:  Sr. M. Paola Ricci, O.Carm.
  • 3rd Councilor:   Sr. M. Emanuela Migliore, O.Carm.
  • 4th Couniclor:   Sr. M. Carla Zinno, O.Carm.
  • Director of Novices:  Sr. M. Valentina Rossin, O.Carm.
  • Treasurer:  Sr. M. Agnese Talano, O.Carm.
  • Sacristan:  Sr. M. Mihaela Catana, O.Carm.
Monday, 10 September 2018 20:53

Provincial Chapter of the Maltese Province

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65/2018 – 10 – 09

During the Provincial Chapter of the Maltese Province held on 10-14 September 2018 following earlier elections were confirmed:

  • Prior Provincial: Fr. Joseph Saliba, O.Carm.
  • First Councilor: Fr. Mark Attard, O.Carm.
  • Second Councilor: Fr. Charlò Camilleri, O.Carm.
  • Third Councilor: Fr. Jurgen Cucciardi, O.Carm.
  • Fourth Councilor: Fr. Anthony Cilia, O.Carm.
Tuesday, 28 August 2018 19:50

Flooding in Kerala (India)

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63/2018 – 28 – 08

During the recent floods that affected India (mostly in the State of Kerala), producing 1000 fatalities and damaging thousands of homes, Carmelites, both of the Province of St. Thomas and the General Delegation of St. Therese and St. Albert, have been providing assistance to the people most affected by the floods. One example is in Chris Cappell College where shelther and all their basic necessities have been offered to some 650 people. The college buildings can be reached only by boat. Even though the level of the water is going down, many families are unable to return to their homes, and in some cases have lost their homes and continue to live in a state of emergency.

If anyone wishes to offer financial assistance to the work of the Carmelites in Kerala, that may be done through the Carmelite Curia, using the normal channels.

61/2018 – 19 – 08

The Carmelite General Commission for Evangelization and Mission is offering a workshop on preaching based on the section entitled: Proclamation of the Word from the 2014 Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of Pope Francis. All provincials, commissaries and general delegates have been informed of this in May 2018.

While the course is open to the whole Carmelite Family, the one condition is that all the participants should have a clear reference group (province, community, Third Order Chapter….) for whom the participants afterwards can organise a course similar to the one that the Commission is offering. This ought to be done with the support of the local province and approved by the provincial.

The course will deal with the meaning, the mission and the art of preaching. Among the principle speakers are Timothy Radcliff, O.P, Professor Donna Orsuto, and Carmelites, Alexander Vella, Huub Welzen, Miceal O’Neill and others.

The four-day course will take place in Fatima (Portugal) at the Casa Sao Nuno, from the 15th (arrivals 14th) to the 18th of January 2019 (departures morning of the 19th). The letter of convocation and application forms can be found on the Order’s website at this link. 

For those who have not yet made application, this ought to be sent before the 30th of September 2018.

Saturday, 18 August 2018 09:22

Provincial Chapter of the Province of Indonesia

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59/2018 – 17 – 08

During the Provincial Chapter of the Province of Indonesia held on 12-18 August 2018 were elected:

  • Prior Provincial: Fr. Ignasius Budiono, O.Carm.
  • Vice Prior Provincial: Fr. F.X. Hariawan Adji, O.Carm.
  • First Councilor: Fr. Barnabas Krispinus Ginting, O.Carm.
  • Second Councilor: Fr. Yosef Arnoldus Devanto, O.Carm.
  • Third Councilor: Fr. Aditya Permana Perangin-angin, O.Carm.
  • Fourth Councilor: Br. Antonius Sumardi, O.Carm.
The Indonesian Carmelite provincial chapter 2018
Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:49

Electoral Chapter of the Monastery of Aracena, Spain

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58/2018 – 15 – 08

The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Aracena, Spain, was held 13-14 July 2018. The following were elected:

  • Prioress: Sr. M. Remedios Alvarez Soriano, O.Carm.
  • 1st Councilor: Sr Elena M. López Font, O.Carm.
  • 2nd Councilor: Sr M. Leonor Parrilla de la Cruz, O.Carm.
  • 3rd Councilor: Sr. M. Sampedro Corchero Sánchez, O.Carm.
  • 4th Couniclor: Sr. Mª Winfred Nzisa Mutua, O.Carm.
  • Director of Novices: Sr. M. Elena M. López Font, O.Carm.
  • Treasurer: Sr. Elena M. López Font, O.Carm.
  • Sacristan: Sr. Elsy Arackal Inasu, O.Carm.
56/2018 – 09 – 08

Carmelite Students in Initial Formation, from twenty-five countries around the world, gathered in the Netherlands and Germany to find inspiration and learn from the life of Bl. Titus Brandsma. The course took place in Nijmegen - Mainz - Dachau, from the 22nd of July to the 3rd of August 2018. The theme was Bl. Titus Brandsma as a Carmelite, Academic, Journalist and Martyr “Contemplation as the Dynamic Element that Unifies them All” (RIVC #28).

The course was planned and organized by the General Formation Commission: Frs. Benny Phang, Noel Rosas and Quinn Conners; in collaboration with the local organizers: Hettie Berflo and Sanny Bruijns from the Dutch Province and Br. Andreas Scholten from the German Province. Both provinces provided support to the course with the presence of the Priors Provincial, Frs. Jan Brouns and Peter Schröder, who offered great hospitality to the participants. The translations were aided by Frs. Raul Maravi and Nico Hofstede.

The course at Nijmegen

The students were guided and enriched by a series of presentations from Anne Marie Bos, Sanny Bruins and Fr. Kees Waaijman from the Dutch Province, Fr. Benny Phang, Fr. François Manga, Br. Andreas Scholten together with the Prior General Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, The participants were offered the opportunity to personally integrate the information through group discussions and reflection. Together with the talks, the participants made pilgrimages to important places connected with the life of Bl. Titus, including Megen, Boxmeer, Oss, Nijmegen, Mainz, and the concentration camps at Amersfoort, Netherlands, and Dachau, Germany.

They were very grateful for the opportunity to build up the international community of simple professed Carmelites.

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 07:20

A meeting of African Carmelite Formators

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55/2018 – 06 – 08

The Carmelite Formators from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DR Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe met at the Mutare Diocesan Pastoral Training Centre, Zimbabwe from 21-29 July 2018 for a conference under the theme: Vision of African Carmel - Experiences, challenges and responses - towards establishing a vibrant Carmel in Africa. The meeting was organised by the General Councilor for Africa, Fr. Conrad Mutizamhepo, O.Carm. and the Key speakers were drawn from different Congregations.

A statement agreed upon by the participating formators underlines the importance of joint formation programmes, exchange programmes between students within African countries, be they Philosophy or Theology students and that formators may be assisted and surrounded in formation communities by brothers who have a vital interest in the ministry of formation. They also recommend that formators themselves receive formation.

The formators are deeply grateful for this opportunity and for the vision, concerns and resources allocated them, which show that formation is a central concern for African Carmel, and indeed, of the entire Order.

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