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Displaying items by tag: Institutes Affiliated to the Carmelite Order

Mater Unitatis Federation Has On Going Formation for Prioresses and Formators

The Federation Mater Unitatis, of Carmelite monasteries in Spain, has had two courses of formation in 2024. The first course was held at the monastery of the Incarnation in Valencia on June 26-28. The second, a course for formators of the monasteries, took place in the monastery of Our Lady of the Assumption in Huesca.

The program of the prioress’ course called for two themes each day. Each morning session involved two moments: the presentation itself and then some “work” on the topic. The various topics discussed by the prioresses were:

+ Some Priorities in the Service of Authority

+ Presentation and Delivery of the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis Desiderio Desideravi

+The Spirituality of Communion: A Path of Ongoing Formation from the Constitutions.

+ Presentation and Distribution of the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis C'est la confiance.

+ Loving in Our Consecrated Life: In the Light of the Encyclical of Benedict XVI Deus caritas est

+ Presentation and delivery of the Bull of Convocation of the Ordinary Jubilee 2025 Spes non confundit

The course was directed by Fr. Rafael Belda Serra, CVMD, the superior general of the Cooperatores Veritatis (Co-workers for the Truth), an ecclesial reality of consecrated life erected in the diocese of Valencia (Spain) and at the service of education and evangelization.

The second course, three intense days, took place from May 28-30, 2024. Titled Human-Spiritual Integration in Carmelite Life: Formation and Accompaniment, the group was facilitated by Alfredo Pisana, O. Carm., a member of the Italian Province. He is currently part of the formation team at the international novitiate of our Carmelites in Salamanca.

He holds a degree in Developmental Psychology of Education. The sisters appreciated his wide knowledge of the subject material as well as his ability to speak from his rich experience.

In the introduction, he commented that the life and history of the people entrusted to us by the Lord are sacred. For this reason, they need and deserve accompaniment of the person first in their present time, adequate to the Carmelite charism and to the monastery itself.

The fundamental presupposition is that the human person is a unity, composed of Spirit (soul), Mind (psyche) and Body.

The starting point is that formation demands a change of perspective from content to process, favoring the maturation of the person to produce real change. A new formative perspective cannot be given without a vision of the person; that is to say, an anthropology with theological value, translated into the monastic experience.

Two elements of formation in Monastic Carmel were highlighted:  the profound experience of the human heart transformed and renewed by the presence of God and the promotion of the deep identity of the called person and to lead her to the joyful maturity of her vocation which means to be "called to be transformed into the image of Christ" (2 Co 3:18).

The formator is called to accompany the candidates integrally; to transmit the Carmelite charism; to foster a personalized accompaniment; to promote human and spiritual maturation; to create an environment of continuous growth and to be a spiritual mother.

The human-spiritual accompaniment of the person tries to see how the human-person functions in order to integrate it with the spiritual aspect.

Fr. Pisano discussed the general characteristics of accompaniment. He emphasized the care in community life, especially the "attributions of thought in intentions," always giving the benefit of the doubt. He also cautioned with respect to the "projections" that can be made, and the risk in the spiritual life when it comes to judgment. The other aspects he dealt with were the affective-relational skills.

The Federation Mater Unitatis was erected on December 10, 1980. The monasteries belonging to this federation are: Caudete, Fontiveros, Huesca Asunción, Huesca san Miguel, Madrid, Onteniente, Valencia and Zaragoza.

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The XXIX Meeting of the Carmelite Family of the Iberian Region was held in Fatima from June 28 to 1. The theme of the Meeting was: "This way is holy and good: follow it. Figures of holiness in Carmel". With this theme we sought to continue the increasingly conscious and current reflection that the vocation to holiness is common to all Christians.

In this context, the reflections made and the conferences presented were inspired by Carmelite figures and documents that, from our spirituality, encourage us towards holiness. Thus:

- Friar Pedro Bravo spoke on the Rule of the Third Order of Carmel;

- Cardinal Emeritus of Lisbon, Don Manuel Clemente, spoke about St. Nuño de Santa Maria;

- Sr. Angela Coelho, vice postulator of the cause of the visionaries of Fatima, spoke about the Carmelite traits of the spirituality of Sr. Lucia de Jesus, one of the 3 visionaries of Fatima and who lived most of her life as a Carmelite nun;

- Mariana Frazão and Carmo Diniz, two people who were in the central organization of the World Youth Day in Lisbon in 2023, shared a reflection on the challenges of holiness launched by Pope Francis from his words and gestures during that Day.

In addition to the lectures, group work was divided into 7 workshops. Each one reflected on an inspiring figure of the Carmelite Order: St. Titus Brandsma, Friar Pablo Maria de La Cruz Hidalgo, Blessed Isidore Bakanja, St. Celia Guérin and Louis Martin, St. Nuño de Santa Maria, St. Teresa of the Child Jesus and Sister Lucia de Jesus.

In addition to the formative dimension, the meeting gave a central place to the prayerful dimension. The Organization provided a bilingual booklet that served as the basis for the liturgical moments. On Sunday, June 30, the participants joined the pilgrims from Fatima and participated in the celebration of the Eucharist at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima.

In the afternoon, the group celebrated the Way of the Cross in the space provided by the sanctuary for this exercise of popular devotion. In this Way of the Cross, the meditations for each station were written by the groups in the work previously presented and based on the life and spirituality of the respective inspirational figure.

On the evening of June 30, a fraternal meeting was held in which each participating group presented something about its place and entity. It was a very festive moment in which we gave thanks for the immense cultural richness present in the Order today.

About 150 participants from the following Carmelite entities, including friars, sisters and lay people, participated in this meeting: Carmelite Sisters of the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Carmelite Nuns, Province of Aragon, Castile and Valencia, Province of Betica, Province of Catalonia, General Commissariat of Portugal.

The Meeting took place in an atmosphere of great fraternity, prayer, exchange and healthy coexistence.

The XXX Meeting of the Carmelite Family of the Iberian Region will be organized by the Province of Catalonia.

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Thursday, 27 June 2024 13:17

Carmelites Return to the Foundress’ Hometown

Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm Return to the Foundress’ Hometown in Scotland

Six Carmelite Sisters and Father Mario Esposito, O. Carm., the vice-postulator for the Cause of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, traveled to Mossend, Scotland to attend an unveiling of the Venerable's statue. The event was hosted by the Holy Family Parish in Mossend, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, the home parish of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa.

Although Mother Angeline was born in Northern Ireland in 1893, her family immigrated to Carfin, Scotland when she was seven years old. She became a Little Sister of the Poor, caring for the aged poor. After profession, she was sent to the United States of America and soon began adopting a more American way of serving the elderly of various backgrounds. With the blessing of the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, Mother Angeline and six other sisters withdrew from the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor and on September 3, 1929,  began a new Congregation. Two years later the new Congregation became affiliated with the Carmelite Order and became known as “Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm.” Her work for the Church was recognized by Pope John XXII when she received the Pro Ecclesiae Award and the Benemerenti Award by Pope Paul VI. Mother Angeline died in January 1984.

Unfortunately, the statue was delayed in customs and the other planned ceremonies went ahead as planned. These included celebrating Mass at the Venerable’s home parish of Holy Family with the local bishop, Joseph Toal as celebrant, a visit the house where Venerable Mother Angeline lived, and to explore the areas— “to walk in the footsteps of their Foundress”— is a quote from the Congregation’s homepage, proclaiming the days in Scotland were “a great grace and gift to the Congregation.”

The celebration of the Mass on June 23 was a gathering of many. Besides Bishop Toal and the sisters from the USA including Mother General Mary Rose Heery, members of the Mother Angeline Society Pilgrims came from Ireland, and relatives of the Venerable.

The sister humorously expressed the hope that “there might just be another opportunity in the future to visit Mossend again and to see that much awaited statue!

Today the sisters have 18 residences in the United States and Ireland. There are 122 professed sisters. The headquarters is in Germantown, New York.

You Tube Interview with the Carmelites who traveled to Ven. Mother Angeline’s hometown (Sancta Familia Media).

Story of Mother Angeline (EWTN).

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Monday, 11 September 2023 06:49

XXI General Chapter of the Sisters in Tales

XXI General Chapter of the Hermanas de la Virgen María del Monte Carmelo (H. Carm.)

The Hermanas de la Virgen María del Monte Carmelo celebrated their XXI General Chapter from July 19 to August 13.

The meetings were held in the congregation's House of Spirituality in Tales (Castellon). The theme of the Chapter was "Be a Transmitter of the Charism: From Our Vulnerability, in the Way of Sinodality".

The final act of the General Chapter was the election of the new general government of the Congregation. This took place on August 12.  

The election results were:

Superior General –
Merry Teresa Sri Rejeki

Vicar General –
María del Carmen Aparicio Personal

2nd General Councilor and General Secretary –
Fabiola Ma Freitas Gusmao

3rd General Councilor and General Treasurer –
Ma Dolores Colon Molina

4th General Councilor –
María del Carmen Sanchez Mesa

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The Carmelite Sisters of Our Lady gathered for their Ninth General Chapter to discern the will of God for the Congregation for the next four years. The momentous celebration took place at St. Joseph Seminary College in Agan-an, Sibulan, Negros Oriental, Philippines on April 11-19, 2023.

The theme of the Chapter, “You are the Salt of the Earth and Light of the World” taken from Matthew 5:13-14 underscores the congregations unique calling to be agents of change in a world that hungers for love and light. As a Congregation, they seek to embody the love of Christ in a special way and are committed to be the light in the world.

At the General Chapter of Elections, the following were elected for the next quadrennium:

Superior General –
Sr. Baybeth Marie K. Andaya, Carm. O. L.

1st General Councilor and General Assistant –
Sr. Jocelinda Agnes C. Cacas, Carm. O. L.

2nd General Councilor –
Sr. Leonila Augustine N.  Kilinguen, Carm. O. L.

3rd General Councilor and General Treasurer –
Sr. Liezl Soreth B. Jaralve, Carm. O. L.

4th General Councilor and General Secretary –
Sr. Elena Therese T.  Soldivillo, Carm. O. L.

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Monday, 05 June 2023 14:11

Affiliated Congregations Meeting Evaluation

The leadership of the Congregations and Institutes affiliated to the Carmelite Order met at the Passionist Retreat Center in Rome from May 22-26, 2023. The meeting, which is held every six years, was focused on the theme "Carmelite Identity and Experience." Some 20 members participated this year.

At the end of the meeting, the participants returned to their communities of origin enriched by the intense days of prayer, reflection, and sharing in which they strengthened their spiritual closeness to the Carmelite Family.

The General Delegate for Congregations and Affiliated Institutes, Luis Maza Subero, who is also General Councilor for the Americas, invited the sisters and brothers from the various groups they represent to share their evaluation of the meeting held in Rome.

Among the questions asked of the participants were:

1. What is the value of this gathering for your congregation?

2. How can we move forward as members of the Carmelite Family?

3. Were you satisfied with the organization of this gathering?

4. What are your suggestions for the next gathering?

In the answers given by the sisters and brothers, we can appreciate the importance given to the meeting which served to "cultivate the sense of belonging to the Carmelite Family in the spirituality of communion." They also highlighted the centrality of the theme of Carmelite identity and experience and the themes of the conferences, which were "good and enriching." The various days of the meeting were an excellent occasion to, in their own words, "cultivate cooperation and dialogue among us" and "work together in vocation ministry, evangelization, and in formation."

The participants highlighted that to move forward as members of the Carmelite Family, the key is to "stress communion and participation, each one from his or her reality, with our gifts and limits, as St. Paul tells us."

Likewise, proposals were received to "organize meetings of the Carmelite family more frequently" at the geographical area and international level and to "implement the practical proposals for collaboration that emerge from the study groups during these conferences."

In particular, it was proposed to move forward as a Carmelite Family. “As a bigger family likes to gather, [we would like gatherings] not only of the affiliated congregations, but also with the Friars. [Then we will be more] ready to collaborate as one family."

The sisters and brothers agreed in highlighting the excellent organization of the conferences, the fraternal climate, and the wonderful hospitality provided by the Passionist Retreat Center in Rome, the venue of the meeting. Among the evaluations received, it was stressed that "the ambience was very conducive to reflection and prayer" and that "the fraternal and serene atmosphere was an excellent ‘glue’ for all of us." They also remarked that the conferences "were all interesting" and pointed out the usefulness of "having the texts of the conferences translated into the different languages."

A special thanks was given to the translators for their excellent work and patience.

Finally, the participants reaffirmed the need to "continue with the periodic meetings, deepening the Carmelite charism and the themes related to evangelization and pastoral work." They also commented that "the liturgical resources were well prepared," but they lacked "a multilingual hymn booklet and a guitar to animate the Eucharistic celebration."

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Wednesday, 17 May 2023 14:21

Affiliated Congregations meeting in Rome

The leadership of the Congregations and Institutes affiliated to the Carmelite Order will meet at the Passionists Retreat Center in Rome on May 22-26, 2023. The gathering is held every six years. This year the theme of the meeting is Carmelite Identity and Experience.

According to Benny Wing, the vice general of the Order, the gathering provides an opportunity to strengthen the collaboration between the Order and the various groups as well as among the groups themselves.  “We will spend time exploring how to cooperate more effectively in evangelization, formation, and vocation promotion,” said Fr. Benny.

Along with the General Delegate for the Affiliated Congregations and Institutes, Luis Maza Subero, who also serves as General Councilor for the Americas, the sisters will have an opportunity to speak about the various groups they represent. There will also be presentations and discussions on Contemplative Fraternity, Challenges and Issues on Safe Environments, Prophetic Inculturation (with the experience in the Americas being highlighted), Shared Mission, and Carmel as a Gift.

The prior general, Míċeál O’Neill, will welcome the group at the opening session on Monday.

The Global Plan of the General Council for 2019-2025 has 3 steps to be taken by the General Secretariate for the Affiliated Congregations during this term of government. These are available on the Order’s website here.

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Monday, 18 January 2021 05:19

Institutes Affiliated to the Carmelite Order

The sisters and brothers who are belonging to the institutes affiliated to the Order are also members of the Carmelite Family. These institutes of women and men have their own identity and mission at the same time they recognize that in their identity and mission there is an affinity to Carmelite Tradition and charism.

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Hermanas De La Virgen Maria Del Monte Carmelo (Sisters of the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel)

Was founded in Spain on 6 March 1891 and was affiliated to the Order on 28 June 1906

For more information:

HH. Virgen Ma del Monte Carmelo
Curia Generalicia
C/ Pradillo, 63
28002 MADRID
ESPAÑA
Tel. 914.16.20.76
Fax 914.16.64.40
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website: www.hcarm-orihuela.com

Irmãs Carmelitas Da Divina Providência (Carmelite Sister of the Divine Providence)

Was founded in Brazil on 2 December 1899 and was affiliated to the Order on 9 September 1913

For more information:

IRMÃS CARMELITAS DA DIVINA PROVIDÊNCIA
Casa Central
Rua Caraça, 648 Serra
30220-260 BELO HORIZONTE / MG
BRAZIL
Tel. 31-3225-4758
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Website: www.carmelitasdiviprov.com.br

Suore Carmelitane Missionarie Di S. Teresa Del Bambino Gesù (Carmelite Missionaries Sister of Saint Therese of Child Jesus)

Was founded in Italy on 3 July 1925 and was affiliated to the Order on 16 July 1925

For more information:

Via del Carmelo, 3
00058 SANTA MARINELLA (RM)
ITALIA
Tel. 0766-533830
Fax 0766-534922
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website: www.madrecrocifissa.org

Hermanas Carmelitas De Madre Candelaria (Carmelite Sister of Mother Candelaria)

Was founded in Venezuela on 13 September 1903 and was affiliated to the Order on 25 March 1925

For more information:

Hermanas Carmelitas
Casa Generalicia
Avenida Mirador No 12-05
La Campiña
1050 CARACAS
VENEZUELA
Tel. 0212-7313764
Cell: +584168846051
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Corpus Christi Carmelites

Was founded in Tabago e Trinidad on 16 July 1908 and was affiliated to the Order on 28 April 1928

For more Information:

Generalate & Mount Carmel Novitiate
Mt. St. Benedict
St. John Road
St. Augustine
TRINIDAD
West Indies
Tel. 662-5149
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website: www.corpuschristicarmelites.org

Istituto Di Nostra Signora Del Carmelo (Institute of Our Lady of Carmel)

Was founded in Italy on 15 October 1854 and was affiliated to the Order on 31 March 1929

For more information:

Istituto Suore di N.S. del Carmelo
Casa Generalizia e di Formazione
Via dei Baglioni, 10
00164 ROMA
ITALIA
Tel./Fax 06-66150980
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Congregation Of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel

Was founded in France in 1833 and was affiliated to the Order on 27 March 1930

For more information:

Carmel Generalate
P.O. Box 476
LACOMBE, LA, 70445-0476
USA
Tel. 985-882-7577
Tel. 504-524-2398
Fax 504-524-5011
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www.sistersofmountcarmel.org

Carmelite Sisters For The Aged And Infirm

Was founded in the United States on 3 September 1929 and was affiliated to the Order on 24 August 1931

For more information:

Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse
600 Woods Road
GERMANTOWN, NY 12526
USA
www.carmelitesisters.com

Hermanas Carmelitas Del Sagrado Corazon De Jesus (Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

Was founded in Spain on 13 May 1924 and was affiliated to the Order on 7 June 1947

For more information:

C/ General Asensio Cabanillas, 41
28003 MADRID
ESPAÑA
Tel. 91-5349943 – 91-5535134
Fax 91-5549924
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website www.carmelitasscj.org

Irmãs Missionárias Carmelitas De Jesus (Carmelite Missionaries Sisters of Jesus)

Was founded in Brazil on 25 March 1938 and was affiliated to the Order on 29 August 1949

For more information:

Sede do Governo Geral
Rua Vicente Bezerra, 1
Caixa Postal 40
58900-000 CAJAZEIRAS, PB - BRAZIL
Tel. 83-3531-1091
Fax 83-3531.6065
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The Leaven

Was founded in Great Britain in November 1949 and was affiliated to the Order in November 1949

For more information:

The Leaven
Institute of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
The Friars
AYLESFORD,
Kent ME20 7BX
ENGLAND
Tel. 01883-742488
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website: www.theleaven.org.uk

Handmaids Of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel

Was founded in Zimbabwe on 2 February 1959 and was affiliated to the Order on 16 February 1959

For more information:

H.L.M.C. Generalate
Ruvadiki Convent
P.O. Box 2006, MUTARE
ZIMBABWE
Tel. 020-61203
Fax 020-65157
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Famille Missionnaire Donum Dei (Missionaries of Family of Donum Dei)

Was founded in France on 11 February 1950 and was affiliated to the Order on 22 February 1987

For more information:

Conseil de Direction International
Famille Missionnaire Donum Dei
Via dell’Esquilino, 38
00185 ROMA
ITALIA
Tel. 06-4825447
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website: www.fmdonumdei.org

Carmelite Sisters Of Our Lady

Was founded in the Philippines on 2 November 1982 and was affiliated to the Order on 8 December 1994

For more information:

Carmel Center
Fatima Village, Piapi
P.O. Box 156
6200 DUMAGUETE CITY
PHILIPPINES
Tel. 035-226-1417
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Putri Karmel (Daughter of Carmel)

Was founded in Indonesia on 19 March 1982 and was affiliated to the Order on 19 December 2002

For more information:

Pertapaan Karmel
Tromolpos I, Tumpang
MALANG 65156
Jawa Timur
Tel. 0341-788650
Fax 0341-788651
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website: www.carmelia.net

Carmelitae Sancti Eliae (Carmelites Of Saint Elias)

Was founded in Indonesia on 20 July 1986 and was affiliated to the Order on 19 December 2002.

For more information:

Biara Santo Yohanes Salib
P.O. Box 25
Cipanas – CIANJUR 43253
Tel. 263-582060
Fax 263-582063
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www.carmeliaindo.org

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