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Displaying items by tag: Elections

Friday, 02 December 2022 11:10

Elections of the Commissariat in Vietnam

On Thursday, November 24, 2022, voting for leadership took place during the second Chapter of the Commissariat of St. Joseph of the St. Elias Province in Vietnam. 

The Province established houses in Vietnam in 1996, 2001, and 2008. The Commissariat was established during the Provincial Chapter of 2019. There are currently 60 members in Vietnam.

During the Chapter the following were elected to leadership:

Commissary Provincial | Comisario Provincial | Commissario Provinciale: 
Fr. Joseph Hung Tran, O. Carm.

1st Councilor | 1er Consejero | 1° Consigliere: 
Fr. Francis X. Chinh Nguyen, O. Carm.

2nd Councilor | 2do Consejero | 2° Consigliere: 
Fr. Joseph Thien Nguyen, O. Carm.


Image caption: left to right Joseph Thien Nguyen, Joseph Hung Tran, Francis X. Chinh Nguyen

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Thirty-two Carmelites from Australia and Timor-Leste gathered in Melbourne, Australia, this week for the triennial Provincial Chapter meeting. The prior general, Miċeál O'Neill, also participated in the gathering.

The Chapter comes at the end of an 18-month consultation process looking at the needs and hopes of the Carmelites and our ministries in the future as well as the realities we face in the present.

In 1881 five members of the Irish Province went to Australia to establish the Order. Five years later the Australian commisariat was established but ended two years later although the foundation continued. On March 22, 1930, a general commissariat was established, expanding to have houses in Coorparoo, Queensland (1937) and Donvale (1937). On September 13, 1948, the Australian province was canonical erected. A foundation was made in New Zealand following year, lasting until 1970.

At the Provincial Chapter of 2001, the Australian Province agreed to accept responsibility for the Carmelite presence begun by the Indonesian Province in Timor-Leste. Three years later a novitiate was opened in Fatuhada, Dili. A month later, in late September 2004, the name of the province was officially change to “Province of Australia and Timor-Leste.”

During the Chapter the following were elected to leadership:

Prior Provincial | Prior Provincial | Priore Provinciale: 
Fr. Bruce Clark, O. Carm.

1st Councilor | 1er Consejero | 1° Consigliere: 
Fr. Wayne Stanhope, O. Carm.

2nd Councilor | 2do Consejero | 2° Consigliere: 
Fr. Januario Pinto, O. Carm.

3rd Councilor | 3er Consejero | 3° Consigliere: 
Fr. David Hofman, O. Carm.

4th Councilor | 4to Consejero | 4° Consigliere: 
Fr. Carlito Da Costa Araújo, O. Carm.

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From October 17 to 22 the Assembly for the Mater Unitatis Federation of Carmelite nuns was held at the Casa de Espiritualidad "Santos Ángeles" of the Hermanas Angélicas in the city of Zaragoza, Spain.

The Federation was canonically erected on December 10, 1980 and comprises the enclosed monasteries of Caudete, Fontiveros, Huesca Asuncion, Huesca San Miguel, Madrid, Onteniente, Valencia, and Zaragoza.

The results of the elective chapter were as follows:

Federation President | Presidente de la Federación | Presidente della Federazione:
Rvda. Madre Ma del Sagrario Lorite Beltrán, O. Carm.

1st Councilor | 1ª Consejera | 1ª Consigliera:
Hna. MMercedes de la Cruz Medina Zárraga, O. Carm.

2nd Councilor | 2ª Consejera  | 2ª Consigliera: 
Hna. Inés Nthenya Nzyuko, O. Carm.

3rd Councilor | 3ª Consejera  | 3ª Consigliera:
Hna. Ana wairimu thuo O. Carm.

4th Councilor | 4ª Consejera  | 4ª Consigliera: 
Hna. Ma Brunilda Rodriguez Velazco, O. Carm.

Director of Novices | Maestra de Novicias | Maestra delle Novizie
Sr Maria Sabina Berneschi, O. Carm.

Treasurer | Ecónoma | Economa: 
Hna. Inés Nthenya Nzyuko, O. Carm.

Secretary | Secretaria | Segretaria:
Hna. Mª Mercedes de la Cruz Medina Zárraga O. Carm.

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Monday, 24 October 2022 07:00

Elective Chapter of the Monastery in Vetralla

The elective chapter of the Monte Carmelo Monastery in Vetralla, Italy, took place on October 15, 2022.

The monastery was founded in 1669 by Servant of God Benedetto Baldi with Carmelite nuns from Rome, commonly called Le Barberine. The original monastery was located in a medieval castle, but this was completely destroyed during World War II. Mother Maria Angelica di Gesù secured a new location with the help of Cardinal Domenico Tardini, Vatican secretary of state under Pope John XXIII. The present monastery is the modified villa of the sculptor Canonica.

The community often benefited from the spiritual assistance of St. Paul of the Cross, founder of the Passionists. Pope John XXIII visited the tomb of Cardinal Tardini in the monastery chapel on the first anniversary of the cardinal's death.

The monastery of St. Joseph of San Giovanni la Punta is a daughter foundation of the Monastery of Mount Carmel in Vetralla.

The results of the elective chapter were as follows:

Prioress | Priora | Priora:
Sr Maria Rosalia Mangiarotti, O. Carm.

1st Councilor | 1ª Consejera | 1ª Consigliera:
Sr Marianna Caprio, O. Carm.

2nd Councilor | 2ª Consejera  | 2ª Consigliera: 
Sr Maria Sabina Berneschi, O. Carm.

3rd Councilor | 3ª Consejera  | 3ª Consigliera:
Sr Maria Rita Gugliara

4th Councilor | 4ª Consejera  | 4ª Consigliera: 
Sr Maria Celina Atzei

Director of Novices | Maestra de Novicias | Maestra delle Novizie
Sr Maria Sabina Berneschi, O. Carm.

Treasurer | Ecónoma | Economa: 
Sr Maria Benedetta Succu, O. Carm.

Sacristan | Sacristán | Sacrestana:
Sr Marianna Caprio, O. Carm.

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The elective chapter of the Monastery de la Anunciación in Porlamar, Venezuela, took place on September 23, 2022.

The monastery was founded on January 7, 1983, by four nuns from the Barcelona monastery, one from Tarrega and one from Vilafranca del Penedés. Permission had been obtain from the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes on November 18, 1982. The monastery now has 7 nuns with three from Porlamar.

The results of the elective chapter were as follows:

Prioress | Priora | Priora:
Hna Norma del Carmen Sánchez, O. Carm.

1st Councilor | 1ª Consejera | 1ª Consigliera:
Hna Mariela del Carmen León, O. Carm.

2nd Councilor | 2ª Consejera  | 2ª Consigliera: 
Hna Ludys Emilia González, O. Carm.

Director of Novices | Maestra de Novicias | Maestra delle Novizie
Hna Mariela del Carmen León, O. Carm.

Treasurer | Ecónoma | Economa: 
Hna Ludys Emilia González, O. Carm.

Sacristan | Sacristán | Sacrestana:
Hna Roselys del Valle López, O. Carm.

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Wednesday, 05 October 2022 06:11

Elective Chapter of the Monastery in Utrera

The elective chapter of the Monastery of the Purísima Concepción in Utrera, Spain, took place on September 28-29, 2022.

The monastery was founded in 1580 by the nuns of the Ecija monastery. In 1956, nuns from the Utrera monastery founded a monastery in Kakamega, Kenya. Although that monastery closed, seven sisters left to found a new community in Machakos, Kenya, in 1999.

The results of the elective chapter were as follows:

Prioress | Priora | Priora:
Sor María de Lourdes Lario Reverte, O. Carm.

1st Councilor | 1ª Consejera | 1ª Consigliera:
Sor Rosamaría Nduku Mbithi, O. Carm.

2nd Councilor | 2ª Consejera  | 2ª Consigliera: 
Sor Ana María Reina Jiménez, O. Carm.

3rd Councilor | 3ª Consejera | 3ª Consigliera:
Sor María Lucía Mutio Mbithi, O. Carm.

4th Councilor | 4ª Consejera | 4ª Consigliera:
Sor María Paulina Mumbua Ngotho, O. Carm.

Director of Novices | Maestra de Novicias | Maestra delle Novizie

Sor Rosamaría Nduku Mbithi, O. Carm.

Treasurer | Ecónoma | Economa: 
Sor Ana María Reina Jiménez, O. Carm.

Sacristan | Sacristán | Sacrestana:
Sor María Lucía Mutio Mbithi, O. Carm.

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Wednesday, 28 September 2022 09:28

Elective Chapter of the Monastery of San Pedro in Osuna

On September 21, 2022, the Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, the Carmelite community of the Monastery of St. Peter in Osuna, Seville (Spain) convened for its triennial elections. The elections were presided over by the Vicar for Consecrated Life of the Archdiocese of Seville, D. José Ángel Martín Domínguez and with the presence of the President of the Federation Mater et Decor Carmeli as co-visitor, Sister Mª Dolores Domínguez Pérez.

The results of the elective chapter were as follows:

Prioress | Priora | Priora:
Sr. Mª DEL CARMEN DONADO SEVILLA, O. Carm.

1st Councilor | 1ª Consejera | 1ª Consigliera:
Sr. SONIA SEVILLA ORTIZ, O. Carm.

2nd Councilor | 2ª Consejera  | 2ª Consigliera: 
Sr. CAROLINA ZAMORA BRAVO, O. Carm.

Director of Novices | Maestra de Novicias | Maestra delle Novizie:
Sr. CAROLINA ZAMORA BRAVO, O. Carm.

Treasurer | Ecónoma | Economa: 
Sr. SONIA SEVILLA ORTIZ, O. Carm.

Sacristan | Sacristán | Sacrestana:
Sr. VIVIANA Mª ESPITIA MEJÍA, O. Carm.

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The XVII General Chapter of the Congregation of the Corpus Christi Carmelites was held August 15-26, 2022, at the Generalate/Novitiate in Tunapuna, Trinidad.

Pictured above (left to right) are Sr. Marcella Ali, Sr. Geraldine George, Sr. Katrina Charles, Sr. Clare Marie Nero, Sr. Joanne Browne.

The following sisters were elected to the new Leadership Team:

General Superior | Superiora General | Superiora Generale:
Sr. Katrina Charles, O. Carm.

1st Councilor  | 1ª Consejera | 1ª Consigliera
Sr. Joanne Brownie, O. Carm.

2nd Councilor | 2ª Consejera | 2ª Consigliera: 
Sr. Clare Marie Nero, O. Carm.

3rd Councilor | 3ª Consejera | 3ª Consigliera: 
Sr. Geraldine George, O. Carm.

4th Councilor | 4ª Consejera | 4ª Consigliera: 
Sr. Marcella Ali, O. Carm.

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The prior general and his council made the appointments for the leadership of the Institutum Carmelitanum until the next General Chapter. Renewed for a new term as president of the Institute is Giovanni Grosso of the Italian Province. He will be assisted by Kuba Walczak (Poland) as secretary and Mario Alfarano (Neapolitan) as librarian of both the Carmelite library and the CISA house library.

Also appointed were the members of the scientific board of the Institutum. Members until 2025 are Simon Nolan (Ireland), Rico Ponce (Philippines), Edimar Fernando Moreira (Paraná), Edison Tinambunan (Indonesia) and Dr. Elizabeth Hense of Radboud University. Dr. Hense is an editor of the multi-volume series of the collected words of Titus Brandsma in English.

The Institutum Carmelitanum is the scientific research and educational arm of the General Curia of the Carmelite Order. It was instituted in November 1951 by then prior general Kilian Lynch. The Institutum focused on Carmelite themes in the fields of Mariology, the spiritual life, history and bibliography. In 1954 the Institutum's official journal, Carmelus, was initiated. Other activities of the Institutum include collaboration with articles for dictionaries and encyclopedias, as well as scientific magazines, contact with other research institutes, and the organization of congresses and conventions. Within the Carmelite Family, the Institute is a resource for commissions, formation courses, and conventions.

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Thursday, 25 August 2022 07:22

General Council Appoints New Leadership in Kenya

Following consultations, the General Council appointed three members of the General Delegation in Kenya to leadership positions. They are:

Delegate General: Patrick Musyimi Kitaka
Delegation Councilors: Eugine Ekeya
                                            Peter Wafula

Fr. Patrick has been serving as the joint novitiate director in Zimbabwe. In his new role he will be supporting the formation program for Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, according to the prior general, Míceál O’Neill. Fr. Eugine is the assistant pastor of the Carmelite parish in Nkoroi. Fr. Peter has been involved with the formation program.

The Delegation of Kenya was established on July 16, 2010. It was originally formed as a mission under the former Upper German Province with responsibility for its administration and staffing given to the Indian Provincial Commissariat. Formation of the first candidates was entrusted to the Provinces of Catalonia and Argo-Valentine in Spain. In June of 2005, the first house, Bustani ya Karmeli in Ngong was opened. Some nine men are now professed members of the Delegation.

In picture (left to right): Eugine Ekeya, 1st Councilor; Peter Wafula, 2nd Councilor; Patrick Kitaka, General Delegate.
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