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Friday, 13 March 2020 11:16

Message to the Order re the Coronavirus

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

on this rare occasion I want to address a word of support to all our members who in one way or another are affected by the continuing spread of Covid-19. Here in the Curia we have heard the instructions of the Italian government and we have done our best to follow all the instructions. This has meant saying to our staff that they should not come to work until further instructions. We have organized our life in such a way that none of us will have people coming to the house and no one will leave the house until the ban is lifted, except for emergencies and essential services. We recognize the sacrifice that this entails, but we feel that we have to allow ourselves to be guided by the advice of the experts.

We will keep in our thoughts and prayers, those who have died and their families who are in mourning. We will pray for the medical profession, that the researchers may succeed in identifying this virus and finding the best ways to protect the population from infection, and the doctors and nurses may be able to help all who have fallen victim to it.

We must not allow ourselves to lose confidence or to be gripped by fear. This experience may lead us to reflect on how powerless we are, despite all our progress. At moments like this we realize more clearly that without God, we can do nothing. It is a good moment for us to renew our faith in God and our commitment to the wellbeing of one another, and in a special way our care for the poor, for the ones who are least able to cope when life gets difficult. In the time that we spend confined to our homes, we may find ourselves thinking and praying more, at one with Mary the Mother of God who kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Míceál O'Neill, O.Carm.
Prior General

Rome, 13th March 2020.

Thursday, 05 March 2020 16:52

Causa Nostrae Laetitiae - Februarius 2020

Initium Novitiatus

  • 10-12-19 Virgilio De Jesus Brites (Aust), Hera, Timor-Leste
  • 10-12-19 Honorio Pereira Bobo Lobato (Aust), Hera, Timor-Leste
  • 10-12-19 André Da Costa (Aust), Hera, Timor-Leste
  • 10-12-19 Ponciano Norberto De Deus (Aust), Hera, Timor-Leste
  • 10-12-19 Natasio De Jesus Maia (Aust), Hera, Timor-Leste
  • 10-12-19 Antonio Preito Da Costa Soares (Aust), Hera, Timor-Leste
  • 18-01-20 Christiam de Faria Rosas (Flum), Mogi das Cruzes, Brasil
  • 18-01-20 Eduardo dos Santos (Flum), Mogi das Cruzes, Brasil
  • 18-01-20 Estevão Damaceno Brandão Neto (Flum), Mogi das Cruzes, Brasil
  • 18-01-20 Gabriel Job Rodrigues da Silva (Flum), Mogi das Cruzes, Brasil
  • 18-01-20 Iago Mendes Corrêa (Flum), Mogi das Cruzes, Brasil
  • 18-01-20 Lucas dos Santos Sotero (Flum), Mogi das Cruzes, Brasil
  • 18-01-20 Paulo Alves de Oliveira (Flum), Mogi das Cruzes, Brasil
  • 18-01-20 Zenóbio Castro Santos Filho (Flum), Mogi das Cruzes, Brasil
  • 11-02-20 Debora Mangiapelo (CER), Cerreto, Italia

Professio Temporanea

  • 06-12-19 Januario Maria Soares (Aust), Hera, Timor-Leste
  • 06-12-19 Calisto Pereira Rodriguês (Aust), Hera, Timor-Leste
  • 06-12-19 Pedro Rodriguês Ximenes (Aust), Hera, Timor-Leste
  • 06-12-19 Zebedeu De Jesus Vidigal (Aust), Hera, Timor-Leste
  • 06-12-19 Donanciano Batistuta Da Costa Alin (Aust), Hera, Timor-Leste
  • 06-12-19 Aleixo Coli De Deus (Aust), Hera, Timor-Leste
  • 06-12-19 Gaudencio Do Rosario (Aust), Hera, Timor-Leste
  • 02-02-20 Heidelyn Benedicta of the Cross Mariano (BUR), Burgos, Pilipinas
  • 02-02-20 Mary Madeleine Phuc Thi Nguyen (BUR), Burgos, Pilipinas
  • 02-02-20 Teresa de Jesús Carillo Niño (VAL), Valencia, España
  • 22-02-20 Daniela Maria Rodríguez Reina (OSU), Osuna, España

Ordinatio Sacerdotalis

  • 22-02-20 Adrian Timaru (Ita), San Felice del Benaco, Italia
Sunday, 01 March 2020 16:53

Lectio Divina March 2020

Pope's Prayer Intentions for March 2020

Catholics in China

We pray that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.

Lectio Divina March - marzo – marzo 2020






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Lectio Divina: 1st Sunday of Lent (A)

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Lectio Divina: Matthew 25:31-46

Monday, March 2, 2020

Lectio Divina: Matthew 6:7-15

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Lectio Divina: Luke 11:29-32

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Lectio Divina: Matthew 7:7-12

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Lectio Divina: Matthew 5,20-26

Friday, March 6, 2020

Lectio Divina: Matthew 5:43-48

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Lectio Divina: 2nd Sunday of Lent (A)

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Lectio Divina: Luke 6:36-38

Monday, March 9, 2020

Lectio Divina: Matthew 23:1-12

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Lectio Divina: Matthew 20:17-28

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Lectio Divina: Luke 16:19-31

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Lectio Divina: Matthew 21:33-43.45-46

Friday, March 13, 2020

Lectio Divina: Luke 15:1-3.11-32

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Lectio Divina: 3rd Sunday of Lent (A)

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Lectio Divina: Luke 4:24-30

Monday, March 16, 2020

Lectio: Matthew 18:21-35

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Lectio Divina: Matthew 5:17-19

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Lectio Divina: Saint Joseph

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Lectio Divina: Mark 12:28-34

Friday, March 20, 2020

Lectio Divina: Luke 18:9-14

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Lectio Divina: 4th Sunday of Lent (A)

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Lectio Divina: John 4:43-54

Monday, March 23, 2020

Lectio Divina: John 5:1-16

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Lectio Divina: The Annunciation of the Lord

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Lectio Divina: John 5:31-47

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Lectio Divina: John 7:1-2,10,25-30

Friday, March 27, 2020

Lectio Divina: John 7:40-53

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Lectio Divina: 5th Sunday of Lent (A)

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Lectio Divina: John 8:1-11

Monday, March 30, 2020

Lectio Divina: John 8:21-30

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Lectio Divina March 2020
Saturday, 29 February 2020 10:04

Thursday of the first week of Lent

Many and varied are the ways in which our saintly forefathers laid down how everyone, whatever his station or the kind of religious observance he has chosen, should live a life in allegiance to Jesus Christ - how, pure in heart and stout in conscience, he must be unswerving in the service of the Master. Carmelite Rule [2]



Let's pray

Merciful Father, look up on 

us, this family,

and help us to overcome our own ego, selfishness

and fix our eyes toward You only

and desire You only. Amen.




Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:53

Sunday of the first week of Lent

"Each one of you is to stay in his own cell or nearby, pondering the Lord's law day and night and keeping watch at his prayers unless attending to some other duty." ~ Carmelite Rule [10]



God, our Father

by the celebration of this Lent,

a Sacramental sign of our conversion,

grant us, your faithful people,

the nourishment of recognizing the mystery Christ,

that we may be a testimony of your love,

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


On the occasion of the eighth centenary of the martyrdom of St Angelus of Jerusalem (5 May 1220-5 May 2021), the Carmelite Order has organized a rich calendar of religious and cultural events. Please consult the website dedicated to the event ( This centenary will also coincide with the return of the Carmelites after 28 years of absence to the Shrine of Licata, where the relics of the martyred saint are kept. The new international community will take up residence in the Shrine on March 1, 2020 and on March 8 will be officially presented to the local ecclesial community by Cardinal Francesco Montenegro, Archbishop of Agrigento. The new international community will be composed of Fr. Antonino Mascali, O.Carm., (Ita), Rector of the Sanctuary and Prior, Fr. Gerard Carlos Araujo Tang Choon, O.Carm., (SEL) and Fr. José Adriano Gomes Saboia, O.Carm., (Pern).

In the coming weeks the Postulator General, in agreement with the Archdiocese of Agrigento, will carry out the canonical recognition of the mortal remains of St Angelus and the restoration of the precious silver urn that contains them will begin. The last canonical recognition was done in 1623. After the canonical recognition and conservation treatment, the saint’s mortal remains will be solemnly displayed in the Sanctuary of Licata during the jubilee year for the public veneration of the faithful.

The Apostolic Penitentiary, at the request of the Order, also granted the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence during the jubilee year, which runs from 5 May 2020 to 5 May 2021, at all the churches of the Carmelite Order, in the Shrine of Saint Angelus, Martyr in Licata, where the remains of the Saint are kept, in the “mother” church of Sant'Angelo Muxaro (both belonging to the archdiocese of Agrigento), in the other churches dedicated to the holy martyr and in the churches of the places where he is venerated..

During the first Chapter of the General Commissariat of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and Saint Albert of Jerusalem, India held on 23-26 February 2020 were elected:

  • Commissary General: Fr. Jacob Roby Chakkalaparambil, O.Carm.
  • First Councilor: Fr. Kuriakose Chandanaparambil, O.Carm.
  • Second Councilor: Fr. Jose Thomas Azhikakath, O.Carm.
  • Third Councilor: Fr. Emmanuel Dixon Rebero, O.Carm.
  • Fourth Councilor: Fr. Johnson Digal, O.Carm.

The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Encarnación, Huesca, Spain, was held 16-18 February 2020. The following were elected:

  • Prioress: Sr. M. Blanca Barril Vicente, O.Carm.
  • 1st Councilor: Sr. M. Luisa Sanagustín Esperanza, O.Carm.
  • 2nd Councilor: Sr. Inmaculada M. Avellana Gilabert, O.Carm.
  • 3rd Councilor: Sr. M. Pilar Borau Alpín, O.Carm.
  • 4th Councilor: Sr. Pilar M. Andrade Ortega, O.Carm.
  • Director of Novices: Sr. M. Gloria Caballero Vallejo, O.Carm.
  • Treasurer: Sr. M. Pilar Borau Alpín, O.Carm.
  • Sacristan: Sr. M. Gloria Caballero Vallejo, O.Carm.

For the fourth consecutive year the General Archive of the Carmelites (AGOC) announces a research grant named in memory of Fr. Emanuele Boaga for researchers who are willing to work on the documentation of the archive. The announcement can be found in the three official languages of the Order on the website: , in the "activities / research calls" section, and on the Facebook page:

You can also request the text of the announcement by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

During the Provincial Chapter of the Province of the Philippines held on 10-15 February 2020 were elected:

  • Prior Provincial: Fr. Rico P. Ponce, O.Carm.

  • First Councilor: Fr. Esmeraldo A. Reforeal, O.Carm.

  • Second Councilor: Fr. Roberto Noel B. Rosas, O.Carm.

  • Third Councilor: Fr. Pedro M. Manilag JR, O.Carm.

  • Fourth Councilor: Fr. Christian B. Buenafe, O.Carm.

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