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Displaying items by tag: europe

Tuesday, 23 January 2024 09:28

European Leadership Meets on Variety of Issues

An Assembly of the leaders of the European Area (made up of the provincials, commissaries general, delegates general and their delegates) took place at St Albert’s International Centre in Rome on 15th and 16th January 2024.

The Eucharist to open the Assembly was celebrated by Benny Phang (Vice Prior General) in the chapel of St Albert’s during which he spoke about the need to work in the ministry of vocations. The large variety of cultures and nationalities present at the Assembly were acknowledged by the participants saying the Adsumus, Sancte Spiritus prayer in the various languages of European Area at the beginning of each of the working sessions.

Richard Byrne, General Councillor for Europe, gave a short report regarding forthcoming chapters and visitations, the ongoing formation course on St Thérèse of Lisieux, the retreat for those in simple vows in 2024, and the planned gathering of young adults in Rome for the Jubilee Year at the end of July 2025.

The European Area is divided into three (sub) regions: Italy-Malta, Iberia and North-Europe. Each of the presidents of these regions (Joseph Saliba, David del Carpio Horcajo and Brendan Grady) presented a report on the activities of their region and on any relevant unification or collaboration processes. They also reported on the two meetings of vocational personnel which were held during the last year. At both of these meetings, the Prior General, Míceál O’Neill, had delivered a presentation on vocations.

In September 2023, the North-European Region had held its two-day ‘in person’ course in Dublin (Ireland) in order to promote the prioritisation of the ministry of vocations within the region. Together with a facilitator (Mr Danny Curtin), sixteen participants spent two-days exploring and learning from one another about ways to nurture a culture for Carmelite vocations today.

In December 2023, the Italy-Malta and Iberian Regions had held their meeting online over two afternoons. Twenty-one participants took part in this meeting, sharing with one another their enthusiasm for this ministry and how strongly they believed that the Holy Spirit is still calling people to Carmel.

Overall, it was reported to this Assembly in January 2024 that those who attended both of the meetings for vocation personnel considered them to have been an important support towards those working in this ministry. Most wanted further meetings. After hearing these reports, each European region committed itself to holding further meetings over the coming year for all those involved in the ministry of vocations.

After this, each leader reported to the Assembly regarding four topics for their own reality: (1) the practical steps that had been taken regarding the implementation of the proposals of the encyclical Laudato si’; (2) ongoing formation for the friars; (3) the reality of how community meetings are held; and (4) any other important news or updates regarding the  entity.

Eduardo Agosta Scarel OCarm gave a commentary on the leaders’ reports regarding Laudato si’ and on the message from the United Nations Climate Change Conference that took place in Dubai in 2023 (COP 28). Subsequently, each Region agreed a specific goal that could be realistically implemented by January 2025 so as to further implement the Order’s commitment to the proposals of Laudato si’. In addition, each Region and each reality committed itself to considering the issue over the next year. 

Tadeusz Popiela, Prior of St. Albert’s, celebrated the Eucharist to begin the second day’s discussions and reflections. Afterwards, the Assembly heard a report from Alejandro López-Lapuente (the director of novices) regarding the European Novitiate in Salamanca. Seven novices had begun this year’s novitiate and were accompanied by another seven brothers in solemn vows within this formation community. Since its establishment, eighty-eight novices had started their novitiate in Salamanca. This was followed by various additional reports regarding the other formation houses within the European Area. The Assembly spent some time preparing for a retreat for those in simple vows in Europe this coming summer in the Italian Province’s retreat house in Nocera Umbra (Italy).

After that, the Assembly then turned its attention to the way in which the European realities of the Order connects with those sections outside of their realities in Africa and South America. Two speakers gave presentations regarding provincial commissariats and provincial delegates and this gave rise to a constructive discussion among the members of the Assembly.

Finally, the assembly discussed the Carmelite Family noting the Constitutions which state that “all individuals and groups, whether institutional or not, which draw their inspiration from the Rule of St Albert, from its tradition and from the values expressed in Carmelite spirituality, constitute the Carmelite Family within the Church today.”[1] It was noted that in a synodal Church, which announces the Gospel, everyone “walks together”. Therefore, the members explored how this “walking together” is carried out today in our own Order noting the experience of the extended Carmelite Family attending some provincial chapters. The members of the Assembly then explored what steps the Spirit invites them to take in order to grow in our “walking together” so that our realities (in their chapters or otherwise) would be more synodal. The members of the European Area agreed to hold another two-day Assembly in January 2025 and concluded with the singing of the Flos Carmeli.

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After having met six times online, the members of the Carmelite European Youth Committee (CEYC) were very grateful to be able to finally hold their first “in person” meeting in the General Curia (Rome) from March 25-27, 2023.

During the meeting, the members heard about some of the many initiatives that were taking place around Europe including the proposed arrangements by the General Commissariat of Portugal for World Youth Day, the online ‘Exploring Carmel’ programme in the United Kingdom, meetings in Salamanca and developments in the Italy-Malta Region. Some potential ecumenical aspects of our ministry with young people were discussed.

John Keating, O. Carm., joined the meeting and outlined the context of the previous European youth gatherings (the Pilgrimage of Hope and the Awakening Project) and led an exploration of what Carmel might have to offer to young people in Europe. After reflecting on this discussion, the Committee decided to organise a European youth gathering in the summer of 2024 and spent time on some of initial preparatory work. Details will be announced later this summer. At the end of the meeting, the members prayed with the Icon of the Pilgrimage of Hope (“Our Lady of Hope”) which was written by the Carmelite nuns in Ravenna (Italy).

The members of the Committee are Antonella Brincat, Christian Brincat, Richard Byrne, O. Carm., João Manuel Oliveira da Costa, O. Carm., Kurt Mizzi, O. Carm., Daniela Pereira, Alfredo Pisana, O. Carm., Sr M. Resurreccion Ronquillo Diamat, O. Carm., and John Toryusen.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2023 07:18

Meeting of the Carmelite European Geographical Area

On January 16-17, 2023, the provincials, commissaries and delegates general of the European Geographical Area met in St Albert’s International Centre (CISA) Rome for their fourth general meeting of the sexennium.

The first day began with the Eucharist which was celebrated by Tadeusz Popiela, a member of the Polish Province and prior of St Albert’s, who welcomed the participants and reminded them that as we face the challenges of our various offices, our human abilities will get us only so far. We need to emphasise that Christ is at the centre of our community.

In assembly, Richard Byrne, general councillor for Europe, reported to the Area noting some practical details especially for any forthcoming provincial or commissariat chapters. He noted that these meetings are not just moments to communicate information but are occasions to continue to get to know each other, to look at the common issues in Europe and take joint decisions. In addition, they can be moments to also learn from each the experience of each other and be moments of support and encouragement for each other. Each participant then shared with the meeting the current reality of their own entity also outlining recent initiatives or challenges within their own context.

In regional groups, the participants then moved to discuss vocations reflecting on the 2017 message from Pope Francis on Pastoral Work For Vocations and looking for concrete proposals for the ministry of vocations. After sharing, they agreed that each of the three regions (Iberia, Italy-Malta and North European) would organise their own meeting of vocational personnel within the next twelve months.

The second day began with Eucharist which was celebrated by Jose Deepak Aracka, member of the Indian Province and sub prior of St Albert’s. In regional groups, the participants then shared their personal experience of leadership noting their best practices under several themes including their role in ‘self-care.’

Building on the work of the General Congregation held in September 2023 in Rome, the progress each participant had made regarding their plan of practical action to support the brothers to live the ‘joy’ of consecrated life and the living of the vows was reviewed. In addition, how best to support local priors was discussed and other themes from the General Congregation that will need attention at future meetings were noted.

The participants received an extensive report of the European common novitiate house which is held in the Convent of San Andrés in Salamanca, Spain. This program has been in place for ten years. Reports were also presented on the other houses of formation in Europe especially those houses in Barcelona, Rome, and Dublin.

Eduardo Andrés Agosta Scarel, a member of the Province of Aragon-Castile-Valencia, was invited to give the participants some ideas on how to continue working and developing the idea of Care for Creation as envisaged in the Decree of the General Chapter (2019). He noted that we participate as an Order in two spaces at the international level: the climate summit, and the biodiversity summit. Among other things, these call us to the divestment of fossil energies and to lead by example with visible changes in our habits and customs.

Information was given regarding the forthcoming “Carmelite Day” during the World Youth Day meeting in Lisbon on August 2, 2023. Finally, the members agreed to meet again in Rome in January 2024 and the meeting closed with a prayer asking the Holy Spirit to guide the European Area in its initiatives and projects.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2022 13:17

General Curia of the Order

The seat of the General Curia is the residence of the Prior General and the General Councilors of the Order. The curia also houses religious who serve as officials of the curia (Secretary General, Postulator General, Delegate for Nuns, Delegate for Formation, Director of Communications) and the various offices they maintain. The Carmelite Curia moved to its current location in 1966, previously being located at Collegio Internazionale S. Alberto (CISA).
Curia Generalizia dei Carmelitani
Via Giovanni Lanza, 138
00184  Rome, Italy
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Centro Internazionale S. Alberto (CISA)
Constructed in 1889-1901 following the loss of the studium generale at nearby Traspontina with the occupation of Rome by Italian forces, Collegio di S. Alberto is directly under the jurisdiction of the Prior General. It has served the Order in many capacities: residence of the Prior General and General Council (1901-1966); the international college for general formation and study (1920-1967) liturgical center of the Order (1950-1965), center of the Third Order Carmelites (1901-1997), office of the postulator general (1901-1966 and 1983-1997), the Carmelite Institute (1951-currently), the international center for communications (CITOC) (1966-1972), and Edizioni Carmelitane (until 2008). It was the seat of all the General Chapters of the Order from 1907-1971. Finally, it continues to be used for hospitality and hosts lectures on a variety of topics for the entire Carmelite family.
Centro Internazionale S. Alberto
Via Sforza Pallavicini, 10
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Wednesday, 23 March 2022 13:04

Causa Nostrae Laetitia Ianuarius/Martius 2022

Professio Temporanea
16-01-22  Roberto Isidro, Tejerina Valdez (Mel-B) Tarija, Bolivia

Professio Solemnis
19-03-22  Oreste Maria Manzi (Ital) Roma, Italia

Ordinatio Diaconalis
17-03-22  Joseph Long Bui (SEL-V) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ordinatio Sacerdotalis
26-02-22  Douglas Rafael Mendivil Martelo (Ital-C) Cartegena, Colombia
26-02-22  Lizwaun Martinez Guerra (Ital-C) Cartegena, Colombia
17-03-22  Joseph Thinh Tran (SEL-V) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
17-03-22  James Thien Tran (SEL-V) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Wednesday, 19 January 2022 07:13

Causa Nostrae Laetitia - Nov/Dec 2021

Initium Novitiatus

14-11-21 Mary Karen Wambura of St. John of the Cross (MAC) Machakos, Kenya
14-11-21 Mary Margaret of Christ the King (MAC) Machakos, Kenya
14-12-21 Constantino Barreto Amaral (Aust-TO) Middle Park, Victoria, Australia
14-12-21 Moises Soares (Aust-TO) Middle Park, Victoria, Australia
14-21-21 MAnuel Xavier Gonzaga (Aust-TO) Middle Park, Victoria, Australia

Professio Temporanea

21-11-21 Teresa Rosa del Sacro Cuore di Gesù (CAR) Carpineto Romano, Italia

Professio Solemnis

06-11-21 Maria Grazia Panlilo (CAE) Camerino, Italia

Ordinatio Diaconalis

20-11-21 Albino Dos Santos (Aust-TO) Middle Park, Victoria, Australia
14-12-21 Emmanuel Shikoli (Ken) Nkoroi, Kenya

Ordinatio Sacerdotalis

04-12-21 Marlon Beharry (SEL-TT) Middletown, New York, USA
14-12-21 Eugine Ekeya (Ken) Nkoroi, Kenya
14-12-21 Peter Wafula (Ken) Nkoroi, Kenya
14-12-21 Daniel Nthama (Ken) Nkoroi, Kenya

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Thursday, 21 October 2021 08:33

Causa Nostrae Laetitia - Iunius/Oct 2021

Initium Novitiatus

24-06-21 Adorn Ansel (STSA) Lisieux Bhavan Chala, India
15-08-21 Patrick Mingard (Gal) Nante, France

Professio Temporanea

31-08-21 Giovanna D'Aniello (SAR) Sogliano al Rubicone, Italia

Professio Solemnis

16-07-21 Matteo Antonllini (Ita) Castellina, Italia
04-09-21 Maria Sabrina Fubelli (CAR) Carpineto Romano, Italia
08-09-21 Mary Jackline Bochaberi of the Cross (MAC) Machakos, Kenya
08-09-21 Mary Veronica Muthini of Christ the King (MAC) Machakos, Kenya
11-09-21 Richard Philip Green (Brit) Aylesford, England

Ordinatio Diaconalis

03-07-21 Alfredo Pisana (Ita) Torrespaccata, Italia
17-10-21 Emery Losinu (Ita-Cong) Butempo, Dem Rep Congo
17-10-21 Samuel Ndjate (Ita-Cong) Butempo, Dem Rep Congo

Ordinatio Sacerdotalis

20-08-21 Mário Josué Bernando Alves (Pern) Jaboatão dos Guasarapes, Brasil
21-08-21 Jorge da Costa Silva (Pern) Alagoa Grande, Brasil
25-09-21 Bruno Castro Shoder (Rio) São Paulo, Brasil
17-10-21 Matthias Mukombozi (Ita-Cong) Butempo, Dem Rep Congo
17-10-21 Gilbert Paluku (Ita-Cong) Butempo, Dem Rep Congo
17-10-21 Charles Kambale (Ita-Cong) Butempo, Dem Rep Congo
17-10-21 Innocent Djomby (Ita-Cong) Butempo, Dem Rep Congo

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Wednesday, 22 September 2021 08:29

Causa Nostrae Laetitia - Augustus/Sept 2021

Initium Novitiatus

14-08-21 Simplisius Seke Kawa (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
14-08-21 Fridolin De’e (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
14-08-21 Yohanes Delasale Bao (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
14-08-21 Fransiskus Solanus Ngozo (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
14-08-21 Antonius Du’a (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
14-08-21 Marseliano Hernan Bagio (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
14-08-21 Hubertus Benge Ratu (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
14-08-21 Roman Rofinus Nganja (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
14-08-21 Carlos Demitrio Staren Djaman (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
14-08-21 Markus Apryaldi Purnama (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
14-08-21 Marianus Soni Jaya Mahe (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
14-08-21 Berno Andrianus (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
14-08-21 Epi Pianus Gregorius Gadja Wora (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
14-08-21 Stanis Rikardus Aprinus (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
14-08-21 Bonaventura Marciano Thomas Ire (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
14-08-21 Hendrikus Thomas Temongmere (Indo-Flores) Maumere, Indonesia
15-08-21 Patrick Mingaro (Gal) Nantes, France
29-08-21 Stefanus Jemmy Handira (Indo) Batu, Indonesia
29-08-21 Matius Pilalek Sapokkak (Indo) Batu, Indonesia
29-08-21 Trisantus Sihombing (Indo) Batu, Indonesia
29-08-21 Kiki Forfius Situmorang (Indo) Batu, Indonesia
29-08-21 Tumpal Parulian Alexandris Sinurat (Indo) Batu, Indonesia
29-08-21 Gian Suharjo Situmorang (Indo) Batu, Indonesia
29-08-21 Reinhard Mayliano Forthe Gama (Indo) Batu, Indonesia
29-08-21 Albertus Bagus Kartiko Wijaya (Indo) Batu, Indonesia
29-08-21 Yohanes Dian Anugrah Simanjorang (Indo) Batu, Indonesia
03-09-21 Achille Ango (Ger-Cam)
03-09-21 Alphonse Marie de Liguori Engal III (Ger-Cam)
03-09-21 Benjamin Yutcha Tedonang Yemele (Ger-Cam)
03-09-21 Eric Bahati Kodjo (Ita-Con)
03-09-21 Bertrand Gangnon (Baet-Bur)
03-09-21 Anderson Nana (Baet-Bur)
03-09-21 Fernand Yameogo (Baet-Bur)
12-09-21 Salvatore D'Antuono (Brun)
12-09-21 José Luis Lebron Carela (ACV-Rep.Dom)
12-09-21 Laurentiu Francu (Ita-Rom)
12-09-21 Germán Pérez Contreras (ACV-Rep.Dom)
12-09-21 Matthew Galloway Janvier (Brit)
12-09-21 Alexander de Jesús Batista Almonte (ACV-Rep.Dom)
12-09-21 Alex Trani (Brun)
12-09-21 Marco Figuccio (Ita)

Professio Temporanea

15-08-21 Mary Irene Nzilani of Our Lady of Sorrows (MAC) Machakos, Kenya
15-08-21 Mary Eunice Mwikali of the Holy Angels (MAC) Machakos, Kenya
04-09-21 Boris Fokou Lamago (Ger-Cam)
04-09-21 George Maurice Ondoua Atedzoe (Ger-Cam)
04-09-21 Jude Sahla Madmo (Ger-Cam)
04-09-21 Achille Sylvain Babassagana (Ger-Cam)
04-09-21 Eric Ilboudo (Baet-Bur)
04-09-21 Yves Roland Zongo (Baet-Bur)
08-09-21 Elisha Marie of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (CHR) Christoval, USA
08-09-21 Andrew Raftis (LAK) Lake Elmo, USA
12-09-21 Michele Silvi (Ita) Jesi, Italia

Professio Solemnis

21-08-21 David Ulises Garcia Hernández (PCM-ES), San Salvador, El Salvador
21-08-21 José Aristides Menjivar Larios (PCM-ES), San Salvador, El Salvador
21-08-21 Von Erick Sandoval (SEL), Middletown, New York
29-08-21 María Martha Matata (MON) Torre de Moncorvo, Portugal
08-09-21 Andrew Raftis (LAK) Lake Elmo, Minnesota
11-09-21 Joseph Bacye (Beat-Bur) Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkino Faso
17-09-21 Itamar dos Santos Neri (Pern) Olinda, Brazil

Ordinatio Diaconalis

22-08-21 José Aristides Menjivar Larios (PCM-ES), Nuova Cuscatlan, El Salvador

Ordinatio Sacerdotalis

14-09-21 Giovanni Paolo Sarcinella (Ita), Roma, Italia

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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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