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Friday, 10 September 2021 08:41

New Carmelite Community Opens in Cabanatuan

The Order of Carmelites in the Philippines recently opened an ad experimentum community in the Diocese of Cabanatuan, through an invitation of Bishop Sofronio Aguirre Bancud.

Fr. Marlon Beredo, O. Carm. and Fr. Michael Condes, O. Carm. will initially be assisting the rector of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Parish Cathedral, especially in its pastoral ministries. They will be joined by Fr. Baltazar Ronato, O. Carm., who at present is the director of the Bulong ng Simoy-Bahay Pananahimik Carmelite Spirituality Center in Dipaculao, Aurora.

To formalize the presence of the Order in the diocese a “Memorandum of Agreement” was signed by the prior provincial of the Carmelites in the Philippines, the Very Rev. Rico P. Ponce, O. Carm., and the Bishop of the Diocese of Cabanatuan.

Philippine Carmel 450The memorandum was witnessed by Fr. Noel Jetajobe, vicar general of the diocese; Fr. Jeffrey Alarilla, diocesan financial administrator; Fr. Joel Cariaso, vicar for religious; Fr. Sed Calderon, chancellor; and Fr. Esmeraldo Reforeal, O. Carm., provincial secretary and first councilor of the Filipino province.

“We always acknowledge the fact that religious congregations are a gift to the church,” said Bishop Bancud. He said the diocese is highlighting the different charisms of each religious order and congregation to help in the faith life of the people of the diocese. “Together we will be able to build up the Body of Christ in the local church of Cabanatuan,” he added.

The prior provincial, Rico Ponce, expressed his gratitude to the bishop, the clergy, religious, and lay leaders of the diocese for the warm welcome extended to the Order. He said that despite the challenges that the Order is facing because of the pandemic, it is committed to contributing to the spiritual growth of the faithful in the diocese.

The agreement stipulates that the Order will “participate in the mission of evangelization” in the territorial jurisdiction of the diocese. This will be done through the provision of “pastoral assistance in parishes and schools within the diocese.”

The agreement is effective for 25 years and then renewable.

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Friday, 10 September 2021 07:26

Filipino Carmelite Martyr Gets Final Resting Place

On the feast of Blessed Titus Brandsma, the titular patron of the Philippine Carmelite Province, the remains of Br. Isagani Valle, O. Carm., were transferred to his final resting place. The location is named in his honor, the Br. Isagani Miro Valle Memorial Cross at the Carmelite Spirituality Center & Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Ormoc.

Br. Isagani was martyred during a military crackdown in May 1983. His steely resolve to remain true to the ideals and spirituality of the Carmelite Order continues to be an inspiration to the current member of the Carmelite province and the local Church.

Isagani’s bones were moved from his former burial site, which was in the old chapel, already irreparably damaged by typhoons and earthquakes and soon to be demolished to make way for a new multi-purpose building. His new grave lies within the Memorial Cross.

In attendance were the director of the Carmelite Spirituality Center, Fr. Joiezl Piñon, O. Carm., and the provincial hagiographer Br. Lester Hallig, O. Carm, Members of the Miro and the Valle families were also in attendance. They generously lent their resources and time to make the occasion a success.

It is also hoped that the momentous event would become an impetus for introducing Br. Isagani’s cause for beatification.

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Friday, 13 August 2021 22:20

Vietnamese Carmelites Feed the Masses

Covid-19 continues to bring challenges to people around the world. As has been reported we have reported previously, Carmelite ministries around the world have responded to the needs of the people they serve as well as those they live around. 

For the last 3 years, the Carmelites of the Province of St. Elias Commissariat of Vietnam have been providing food to its neighbors but for the last three weeks, when the 4th wave of Covid came on the scene, Vietnam has been hard hit. The response of the members of the Commissariat has been to redouble their efforts to make sure that people have the food they need on a regular basis. Particular efforts have been directed to the immigrants from the countryside who come to town for employment. Many of the buildings near the Carmelite ministries have rooms that these workers rent to sleep in. 

Since the recent increase in covid infections, strict quarantines have been imposed and movement has been very limited, Daily curfews have been in place, especially in Saigon where the Carmelites have four priories. The supply of food available and accessible to the people has become severely limited. The situation is complicated by the placement of fences everywhere in order to control movement. “You are not allowed to leave your particular neighborhood. Everyone is literally fenced in,” reports Provincial Commissary Joseph Hung Tran, O. Carm. “Everything is closed. No one is working. No stores are open. These people can only stay in their rooms whereas normally they are only there to sleep.” 

Because of the generosity of the friends and benefactors of the Carmelites, a lot of food—especially rice, vegetables, and fish—has been available for the Carmelites to distribute. “Our neighbors are immigrants who are workers on daily wages. We try to provide rice and some food for them as there are more than 1,000 rooms around our priories but no one is working. So far we have distributed over 13 tons of rice. We have also had a lot of vegetables and fish to give out as well,” said Fr. Hung. “People were very concerned about us. But we have enough food. So we are now busy making the food available to those who have no way of getting the food they need." 

The Provincial Commissary of Vietnam was established on March 19, 2019. It currently has 45 members with 4 houses. 10 of the members study and work in the parishes of the province in the United States. Four are currently studying in Rome.

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To celebrate Earth Day 2021 on April 22, 2021, the Indonesian Carmelite NGO launched vertical farming project at Karmel Syanti Argo ("syanti" means "peace" and "argo" means "mount"). The center is also the Laudato Si' Centre in Pasuran, East Java, Indonesia.

The purpose of this project is to teach poor urban people to grow vegetables even though they live in a limited space. By growing these vegetables themselves, they will spend less money for their food. Moreover, by doing this themselves, they help reduce their carbon footprint because of the decrease in the use of fuel to transport vegetables from the villages to the cities.

Furthermore, oxygen produced in the photo-synthesis process of the vegetables also helps maintain the quality of the air in the cities. Finally they sustain the environment.

For more information about the Carmelite NGO visit here

Apart from our presence at the United Nations, Carmelites have established other organisations working for justice, peace and integrity of creation issues throughout the world.

Visit Indonesian Carmelite NGO here

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Friday, 23 July 2021 09:12

First vows in Flores, Indonesia

After undergoing the Novitiate Program for two years, on Tuesday July 13, 2021, sixteen Novices professed their first vows in the Carmelite Order to the Prior General before the East Indonesia Prior Commissariat, Rev. Fr. Stefanus Buyung Florianus, O. Carm., as the representative of Prior Provincial of Indonesia, Rev, Fr. Ign. Budiono. The celebration took place in the Novitiate House in Maumere-Flores-Indonesia.

The sixteen brothers are Br. Simplianus Geli Nono, Br. Daniel Sai, Br. Marianus Seka Meo, Br. Ferdinandus H. Detu, Br. Siprianus Ngonggo Bili, Br. Maksimus Seto, Br. Mikael Riba, Br. Hendilinus, Br. Oktavianus Yoman Nende, Br. Viktorianus Beda Lebunga, Br. Januarius Dosa, Br. Dino Kada Maghi, Br. Mikael Kornelis Aja, Br. Wilibrodus Aji, Heraklius Mango, Br. Albertus Flavianus Bhala.
The Mass was presided over by Rev. Fr. Buyung and concelebrated by Fr. Francesco Berto as Master Novice and Fr. Leonardo as the first council. In his homily, Rev. Fr. Buyung encouraged the brothers to always faithfully carry out their three vows. By saying these vows, it “does not mean automatically becoming a perfect human without any more struggle, but it is getting more and more challenged”, added Fr. Buyung.

The Brothers are also requested to replicate St. Therese of Lisieux as patron of this Novitiate House. St. Therese always gave all the struggles of her life in Providentia Dei. She really believes in her friend 'Jesus' who is always with her in living her three vows. The depth of her spirituality, of which she said, "my way is all confidence and love," has inspired many believers. In the face of her littleness and nothingness, she trusted in God to be her sanctity. She wanted to go to Heaven by an entirely new little way. "I wanted to find an elevator that would raise me to Jesus." The elevator, she wrote, would be “the arms of Jesus lifting me in all my littleness.”

Due to the increasing spread of the coronavirus and the strict lockdown, the attendance of the families of the brothers was very limited. Only families living near the novitiate were allowed to attend while others did it online. After this celebration, the brothers will take ten days for vacation with their family. Upon their return, they will begin studying philosophy for four years at STFK Ledalero Maumere.
“We pray that our young brothers will always be strengthened in their journey. May with the intercession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Prophet Elijah, and all the saints of Carmel, our brothers can be faithful forever and ever”, added Fr. Yanto Ndona, O. Carm.

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Thursday, 20 May 2021 23:41

Causa Nostrae Laetitiae - Aprilis/Maius 2021

Professio Solemnis

  • 05-04-21 Nicolás Ubaldo Carrizalez Castillo (Cat), Barcelona, España
  • 10-04-21 Michael Joyce (PCM), Washington, DC

Ordinatio Diaconalis

  • 10-04-21 Roger S. Malara Mondragòn (PCM), Nuevo Cuscatlán, El Salvador
  • 17-04-21 Agedo Bento (Aust), Middle Park, Australia

Ordinatio Sacerdotalis

  • 13-04-21 Sohmon Ranjah Capah (Indo), Nord Sumatra, Indonesia
  • 13-04-21 Doni Malau (Indo), Nord Sumatra, Indonesia
  • 17-04-21 Matthew Tonini (Aust), Middle Park, Australia
  • 08-05-21 Robson José da Silva (Pern), Primavera, Brasil
  • 09-05-21 Elton Rafael Freire Barros (Pern), Ribeirão, Brasil
  • 09-05-21 João Manuel Oliveira da Costa (Lus), Braga, Portugal
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Monday, 22 March 2021 23:27

Causa Nostrae Laetitiae - Februarius 2021

Initium Novitiatus

  • 01-02-21 Martin Thomas (STSA), Kannur, Kerala, India
  • 01-02-21 John Rajesh (STSA), Kannur, Kerala, India
  • 01-02-21 Philip Nery C. (STSA), Kannur, Kerala, India
  • 01-02-21 Francis Godwin (STSA), Kannur, Kerala, India
  • 01-02-21 Bonifus Binoj (STSA), Kannur, Kerala, India
  • 01-02-21 Fabin Therese (STSA), Kannur, Kerala, India
  • 01-02-21 Ansbert Akhil (STSA), Kannur, Kerala, India
  • 01-02-21 Rocky Manu (STSA), Kannur, Kerala, India
  • 01-02-21 Jonatus Jinu (STSA), Kannur, Kerala, India
  • 01-02-21 Raphael Likhen Nayak (STSA), Kannur, Kerala, India
  • 06-02-21 Anderkleyton dos Santos (Pern) São Cristovão, Brasil
  • 06-02-21 Bruno Augusto Viana  (Pern) São Cristovão, Brasil
  • 06-02-21 David dos Santos (Pern) São Cristovão, Brasil 
  • 06-02-21 Harrison Antas dos Santos Cordeiro (Pern) São Cristovão, Brasil
  • 06-02-21 Johnny Cley Bezerra Alves de Queiroz (Pern) São Cristovão, Brasil
  • 06-02-21 Márcio Felipe da Silva (Pern) São Cristovão, Brasil
  • 06-02-21 Erick Henrique Alves da Silva (Par) São Cristovão, Brasil
  • 14-02-21 Nuno Nixon (STSA) Kannur, Kerala, India

Professio Temporanea

  • 02-02-21 M. Theresia Peny Wulakada, Batu, Indonesia
  • 02-02-21 M. Martina Sukini Situngkir, Batu, Indonesia

Professio Solemnis

  • 02-02-21 M. Lucy Nthule (MAC), Machakos, Kenia
  • 07-02-21 María Lucía Vargas Martínez (SDO), Santo Domingo, República Dominicana
  • 13-02-21 Douglas Rafael Mendivil Martelo (Ita-Col), Colombia
  • 13-02-21 Lizwaun Martínez Guerra (Ita-Col), Columbia
  • 13-02-21 Juan Garbriel Arrieta Zambrano (Ita-Col), Columbia
  • 13-02-21 Juan Camilo Rada Pardo (Ita-Col), Columbia

Ordinatio Diaconalis

  • 11-02-21 Paul Kaptain Pakao (Phil), New Manila, Quezon City, Pilipinas
  • 11-02-21 Vinson P. Luayon (Phil), New Manila, Quezon City, Pilipinas
  • 11-02-21 Leo A. Nebril (Phil), New Manila, Quezon City, Pilipinas

Ordinatio Sacerdotalis

  • 02-02-21 Aniceto Rodriguez III (Phil), San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, Pilipinas
  • 11-02-21 Michael L. Condes (Phil), New Manila, Quezon City, Pilipinas
  • 11-02-21 Ritche T. Salgado (Phil), New Manila, Quezon City, Pilipinas
  • 11-02-21 Christopher F. Labrador (Phil), New Manila, Quezon City, Pilipinas
  • 14-02-21 Emmanuel Ngona Malobi (Ita-Con), Roma, Italia
  • 22-02-21 Joiezl Fern S. Piñon (Phil), Talamban, Cebu City, Pilipinas
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Tuesday, 02 February 2021 06:12

Causa Nostrae Laetitiae - Ianuarius 2021

Initium Novitiatus

  • 01-01-21 Mary Elijah Guingon (CHR), Christoval, USA
  • 04-01-21 Bertoliny Alexander Montes Ramos Age (PCM-Per), Lurín, Peru
  • 04-01-21 Geovanni de Jesús Velázquez Ramos (PCM-Mex), Lurín, Peru
  • 04-01-21 Héctor Tavárez Mendoza (PCM-Mex), Lurín, Peru
  • 04-01-21 Natanael Torres Núñez (PCM-Mex), Lurín, Peru
  • 04-01-21 Pedro Antonio Mira Padilla (PCM-ElSal), Lurín, Peru
  • 04-01-21 Christian Orlando García Hernández (PCM-ElSal), Lurín, Peru
  • 04-01-21 Ángel Saúl Hernández Martínez (PCM-ElSal), Lurín, Peru
  • 10-01-21 Catherine Rose Bier (HUD), Hudson, USA
  • 16-01-21 Ederson Augusto Garcia Croti (Flum), Belo Horizonte, Brasil
  • 16-01-21 Juracy Pereira dos Santos Júnior (Flum), Belo Horizonte, Brasil
  • 16-01-21 Vinícius Elias Rodrigues (Flum), Belo Horizonte, Brasil
  • 16-01-21 Roberto Isidro Tejerina Valdez (Mel-Bol), Belo Horizonte, Brasil

Professio Temporanea

  • 09-01-21 Juliana Kamene Muia (BIE), Biella, Italia
  • 10-01-21 Luis Felipe Aldana Hernández (Baet-Ven), Merida, Venezuela
  • 10-01-21 Alejandro José Castejón Gonzalez (Baet-Ven), Mogi das Cruzes, Brasil
  • 10-01-21 Alberto Henrique Ferreira Marini (Par), Mogi das Cruzes, Brasil
  • 10-01-21 Christiam de Faria Rosas (Flum), Mogi das Cruzes, Brasil
  • 10-01-21 Gabriel Job Rodrigues da Silva (Flum), Mogi das Cruzes, Brasil
  • 10-01-21 Paulo Alves de Oliveira (Flum), Mogi das Cruzes, Brasil
  • 15-01-21 Gretchen Marie Cabalquinto (SIG) Santa Ignacia, Tarlac, Pilipinas

Professio Solemnis

  • 09-01-21 John Viet Nguyen (SEL-Viet), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 09-01-21 Joseph Long Bui (SEL-Viet), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 23-01-21 Étienne Roudelin (ACV-Ant), Santo Domingo, República Dominicana
  • 23-01-21 Julien Étienne (ACV-Ant), Santo Domingo, República Dominicana
  • 23-01-21 Robert Batista Ferreras (ACV-Ant), Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

Ordinatio Diaconalis

  • 09-01-21 Marlon Beharry (SEL), Washington D.C., USA
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Monday, 18 January 2021 03:25

The Philippines

The Carmelite Province of Blessed Titus Brandsma of the Philippines was canonically erected on July 16, 2013 through a Decree of Canonical Erection passed and approved by the Most Rev. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm. At present the Province has about 78 religious working in the Philippines, Italy and Papua New Guinea. For more informations:

San Alberto
Carmelite Formation Center
Nasipit, Talamban
Tel. +63 346-2722

Mount Carmel Monastery
(Negros Occidental)
Tel. +63 034-454.0212

Carmelite Monastery
Agusan del Sur
Tel. 085-343557
Tel. +63 085-8392198

St. Teresa of Avila Community
31 Acacia St., corner Rosario Drive
Bgy. Mariana, New Manila
Tel. +63 2- 87242371

St. Elijah - Elisha Students’ Friary
24 Acacia Street, New Manila

QUEZON CITY Carmelite Noviciate Community
“Spring of Carmel”
22, Anahaw St. Gloria III Subd.
Bgy. Culiat
Tel. +63 2-82851229

ORMOC CITY Carmel Spirituality Center
Bry. Milagro

Bahay Pananahimik
Bulong Ng Simoy
Brgy. Mijares, Dipaculao

Pahingalayan ng Inang Maria ng Karmelo
Bagac, Bataan

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