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No:
34/2019 – 06 – 06

The Carmelite Order has experienced two moments of celebration in Germany relating to the two contemplative female communities present in the Province. On May 10th, an extension of the community of the Carmelite Hermits of Chester, USA, was inaugurated in Seligenthal, near Cologne, formed by two hermits: Sr. M. Antonia Sondermann and Sr. M. Magdalena Höppener. The celebration, led by Dominikus Schwaderlapp, the auxiliary bishop of Cologne, in the church of the hermitage, was attended by the Provincial of Germany, Fr. Peter Schröder, a number of Carmelite friars and nuns, Discalced Carmelites, and numerous other priests and religious.

Then, on June 2nd, in the monastery of Erlangen, a Mass of welcome was celebrated for five Filipino nuns, Sr. M. Barbara, Sr. M. Florencia, Sr. M. Resurrection, Sr. M. Violeta and Sr. M. Jonally, all from the monastery of Burgos. The German monastery, the last of the Province, remained with only one nun, Sr. Thoma, and therefore was affiliated to the monastery of the Philippines which strengthened this community allowing the Carmelite nuns to continue to be present, with their vocation and mission, in Germany. The Provincial, Fr. Peter Schröder, and numerous priests and faithful took part in the celebration, led by Ludwig Schick, the Archbishop of Bamberg.


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New hopes for contemplative Carmel in Germany
No:
33/2019 – 04 – 06

In the city of Vung Tau, in Vietnam, near the diocesan shrine dedicated to the Mother of God, a group of six consecrated women, who followed the Rule and spirituality of Carmel came together. They asked to become members of the Carmelite Order as nuns and went, in 2013, to the monastery of Burgos, in the Philippines, to receive formation. On May 1, in Vung Tau, four of them, Sr. M. Andrew, Sr Rose Mary, Sr. M. Therese, Sr. M. Angel made their solemn profession in the hands of Sr. M. Elena Tolentino, Prioress of Burgos, while two others are completing their formation in the Philippines. Together with the four Vietnamese, Sr. Leonora, a Filipina, joined in initiating this new foundation. The solemn profession took place in a great festive atmosphere. The celebration was led by the Bishop of Vung Tau, accompanied by the General Delegate, Fr. Mario Alfarano, by the Provincial of New York, Fr. Mario Esposito, the Provincial Commissary of Vietnam, Fr. Hung Tran, and numerous Carmelite, diocesan and religious priests. The Carmelite students led the singing in the liturgy. The participants included nuns from Burgos, numerous local religious and many faithful.



 


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The first nuns in VT and Fr. Hung
Friday, 31 May 2019 16:37

Lectio Divina June 2019

Pope's Prayer Intentions for June 2019

Evangelization – Priests

That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are the most poor.































 



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Lectio June 2019
No:
30/2019 – 28 - 05

The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, was held 20 May 2019. The following were elected:




  • Prioress: Sr. Grecia del Carmen Abreu Báez, O.Carm.

  • 1st Councilor: Sr. María del Carmen García Collado, O.Carm.

  • 2nd Councilor: Sr. Silveria María García Durán, O.Carm.

  • 3rd Councilor: Sr. M. Ramona Ramos Hernández, O.Carm.

  • 4th Couniclor: Sr. M. Concepción Solano Ureña, O.Carm.

  • Director of Novices: Sr. Silveria María García Durán, O.Carm.

  • Treasurer: Sr. M. Nieves Tavárez Tavárez, O.Carm.


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Nuns chapter
No:
28/2019 – 24 – 05

In cooperation with the German Carmelite Institute (Forschungsinstitut der Deutschen Provinz der Karmeliten) the 5th Bi-Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Philosophy of Edith Stein (IASPES) will take place at the University of Cologne, Germany, August 15-17, 2019.

The subject is "Edith Stein's Itinerary: Phenomenology, Christian Philosophy, and Carmelite Spirituality". There will be 60 papers given by international researchers in four languages (German, English, French, and Spanish) and two keynotes from Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. phil. h. c. Andreas Speer, University of Cologne, and Sister Prof. Dr. Anneliese Meis Wörmer SSpS, Pontificial University of Santiago de Chile / Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile.

The congress program includes i. a. a visit of the Edith-Stein-Archives in the Cologne Convent of the Carmelite Sisters (o.c.d) and possibilities to visit special places of memory of Edith Stein in Cologne.

For further information please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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International Conference on Edith Stein
No:
26/2019 – 21 – 05

The General Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation met for its last session of the sessennium from 6-11 May 2019. Since its composition in 2014 it has been seized with the task of promoting the formation, development and animation of JPIC structures in the whole Carmelite Family. Over the course of the past five years the General Commission has been working towards the publication of a Carmelite JPIC Handbook. At the end of our latest meeting we presented the Prior General, Fr Fernando Millan Romeral, O.Carm., with a copy of the handbook entitled "From Contemplation to Action: Handbook for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation in the Carmelite Tradition". The document acknowledges that there has always existed in Carmelite consciousness the desire to be of service to God and one’s neighbour in diverse ministries of prayer, pastoral care, education and advocacy. During the July 2017 Carmelite JPIC International Congress at Fatima, participants expressed the desire to have a handbook to help those appointed to JPIC ministries by providing information on the foundations, nature and methodology of Carmelite JPIC ministries.

Appreciation and gratitude go to all the members of the Commission who were drawn from various branches of the Carmelite Family – friars, consecrated religious sisters and a lay woman. The members of the Commission are: Frs Conrad Mutizamhepo, O.Carm (Praeses), Hariawan Franciscus Adji, O.Carm. (Indo), Eduardo Agosta Scarel, O.Carm. (ACV), Mark Zittle, O.Carm. (SEL), Jane Remson, COLMC, Annah Theresa Nyadombo, HLMC, and Ester Martin Lozano (Karit). Fr Florent Dundji Dhenyi, O.Carm. (Ita-Con) (RIP) was a member of the Commission but died in the DR Congo on 6th June 2017.


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Carmelite General Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

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The Glory of the Son: That all may be One

John, 17:20-26



1) OPENING PRAYER



Lord Jesus send your Spirit to help us interpret the scriptures with the same insight with which you interpreted them to the disciples on the way to Emmaus. Through the light of God’s written word, you helped them to discover the presence of God in the overwhelming events of your condemnation and death. Thus, the Cross, which seemed to be the end of all hope, appeared to them as the source of life and  resurrection.



Create in us a silence, so that we can listen to your voice in creation, scripture, daily events and in persons especially those who are poor and suffering. May your Word guide us, so that we, like the Disciples of Emmaus, may experience the strength of your resurrection and witness it to others. We ask this of you, Jesus, Son of Mary, who revealed the Father to us and sent us the Holy Spirit. Amen.



2) LECTIO: THE READING



a) A Key to the Reading



This gospel passage concerns all who have come believe in Jesus. Jesus prays that all may be one. The unique model for such a union is the intimate bond which exists between the Father and the Son. The unity among Christians testifies to the world that Jesus is the one sent by the Father.



b)  A division of the text to facilitate our reading



Jn 17: 20 – 23: The prayer of Jesus about His own mission.

Jn 17: 24 – 26: The prayer of Jesus that the love of the Father be in the disciples.



c) The Text - John 17:20-26



Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: "I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them."



3) A MOMENT OF SILENT PRAYER



So that the Word of God can penetrate our hearts and enlighten our lives.



4) SOME QUESTIONS



To assist our meditation and prayer.



During the reading of this Gospel passage, what impression of Jesus did you formulate?

Did you experience Jesus’ immense desire for unity and love?

Bishop Don Pedro Casaldáliga once said “the Trinity is truly the best community.” In your community, can you see any sign of the Trinity?

Ecumenism: What does it mean? Am I interested in ecumenism? 

Love: What type of love does the world propose? Is it compatible with the love taught by Christ?



5) FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO GO DEEPER INTO THE TEXT



a) The Context



Today’s Gospel gives us the third and last part of the Priestly Prayer, in which Jesus looks toward the future and manifests His great desire for unity among us, His disciples, and that all may remain in the love which unifies, because without love and without unity we do not deserve credibility.



          b) A commentary on the text



 John 17:20-23: The prayer of Jesus about His own Mission: So that the world may believe it was You who sent Me.



Looking into the horizon, Jesus prays to the Father: “I pray not only for these but also for those who through their teaching will come to believe in Me. May they all be one, just as, Father, You are in Me and I am in You, so that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe it was You who sent Me.” Here, Jesus displays His concern for unity which should exist in the communities. Unity does not mean uniformity, but rather to remain in love in spite of tension and conflict. Such love reflects the profound unity which exists between Jesus and the Father. The unity in love revealed in the Trinity is the model for all communities. By loving one another, communities reveal to the world the profound message of Jesus. People said of the first Christians “see how they love one another!” The present day division among Jews, Christians and Moslems, all of whom came from Abraham, is truly tragic. Even more tragic is the division among us Christians who claim to believe in Jesus. If we are divided, we have no credibility. Ecumenism is at the center of Jesus’ farewell prayer to the Father. It is His testament. To be a Christian and not be ecumenical is a contradiction. We are violating the final wish of Jesus.



John 17:24-26: The prayer of Jesus that the love of the Father be in the disciples: “So that the love with which You loved Me may be in them.”



Jesus does not want to remain alone. He says “Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am so that they may always see My glory, which You have given Me, because You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” Jesus is happy when we are all together with Him. He wants His disciples to have the same experience of the Father which He enjoyed. He wants us to know the Father and be known by Him. In the Bible, knowledge of God is not merely rational and theoretical but an experience of the living God who loves His people.



          c) Further Information



That they may be one as We are one. (Unity and Trinity in the Gospel of John)



The Gospel of John helps us to understand the mystery of the Trinity, the communion of Father, Son and Spirit. Of the four Gospels, John stresses the profound unity that exists among the Father, Son and Spirit. From the text, we see that the mission of the Son is the supreme manifestation of the love of the Father (Jn 17: 6-8). This unity between the Father and the Son makes Jesus exclaim “the Father and I are one” (Jn 10:30). Between Son and Father, there is such unity that one who sees the face of one sees the face of the other.  Fulfilling this mission of unity, Jesus reveals the Spirit. The spirit of Truth comes from the Father (Jn 15:26). At the bidding of the Son (Jn 14:16), the Father sends the Spirit to each one of us in such a way that He will remain with us, encouraging us and giving us strength. The Spirit also comes to us from the Son (Jn 16:7-8). Thus, the Spirit of Truth, who journeys with us, is the communication of the profound unity which exists between the Father and the Son (Jn 15:26-27). The Spirit cannot communicate a truth which is different from the truth of the Son. Everything which is in relationship with the mystery of the Son, the Spirit makes known to us (Jn 16:13-14). This experience of unity in God was very strong in the communities of the Beloved Disciple. The love which unites the Divine Persons allows us to experience God through union with people in a community of love. This was also the experience of the first communities in which love was a sign of God’s presence in their midst (Jn 13:34-35). This love builds unity in the community (Jn 17:21). They looked at the unity in God in order to understand the unity among themselves.



6. PRAYER (Psalm 8)



O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the world!

Whoever keeps singing of your majesty higher than the heavens,

Even through the mouths of children, or of babes in arms,

you make him a fortress,

firm against your foes, to subdue the enemy and the rebel.



I look up at your heavens, shaped by your fingers,

at the moon and the stars you set firm.

What are human beings that you spare a thought for them,

or the child of 
Adam that you care for him?



Yet you have made him little less than a god,

you have crowned him with 
glory and beauty,



made him lord of the works of your hands,

put all things under his feet,



sheep and cattle, all of them, and even the wild beasts,

birds in the sky, fish in the sea, when he makes his way across the ocean.

Yahweh our Lord,

how majestic your name throughout the world!



7. FINAL PRAYER



Lord Jesus, we thank You for Your word which has helped us better understand the will of the Father. Grant that your Spirit enlightens our actions and gives us the strength to carry out what Your word has made us see. Grant that we, like Mary Your Mother, can, not only listen to, but also put Your Word into practice. You who live and reign together with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.


Lectio Divina:
2019-06-02
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 21:00

Lectio Divina May 2019

Pope's Prayer Intentions for May 2019

Evangelization – Church in Africa

That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for the continent.































 



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Lectio May 2019
No:
23/2019 – 26 – 04

The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Fisciano, Italy, was held 26 April 2019. The following were elected:




  • Prioress: Sr. Regina Di Serafino, O.Carm.

  • 1st Councilor: Sr. M. Elisabetta Giliberti, O.Carm.

  • 2nd Councilor: Sr. M. Giuseppina Albano, O.Carm.

  • Director of Novices: Sr. M. Arcangela Parisi, O.Carm.

  • Treasurer: Sr. M. Arcangela Parisi, O.Carm.

  • Sacristan: Sr. M. Carmela Massaro, O.Carm.


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the Monastery of Fisciano
Saturday, 20 April 2019 12:20

CHRISTUS RESURREXIT!

No:
21/2019 – 20 - 04

Christus resurrexit!

Resurrexit vere! AlleluIa!



In Pascha Domini

A.D. 2019


Fernando Prior Generalis

Domusque Generalis Communitas







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Pasqual 2019
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