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Christmas, consumerism and traditional celebrations


David Cheah
Friend of The Carmelites

I remember my first Christmas celebrations back in Malaysia where I grew up. As a child, I had always sensed the wonder of ‘holy’ days, knowing deep inside that every special day worth celebrating had spiritual roots.

Being Asian, food was always a big part of any celebration and that came as an added bonus. Those holidays were meaningful, significant and every childhood memory became seminal treasures. Dishes and types of food were unique to each celebration or season,

Domus Carmelitana Commission


The Commission charged with the oversight of the Domus Carmelitana met in Rome on 4 November. Members of the Order present were Kevin Alban (Bursar General), James Des Lauriers (Aus), Giovanni Grosso (Curia) and Míceál O’Neill (CISA).

General Finance Commission


The General Finance Commission of the Order met in the Curia on 7 and 8 November. Present were Kevin Alban (Bursar General), Michael Kissane (SEL), Antonio Monteiro (Lus.), Manuel Bonilla (Cat.), James Des Lauriers (Aus), Jeff Cull (Lay consultant), Míceál O’Neill (CISA), Mark McBride (TOR).

Website of the Order now has mobile version


The official website of the Order has launched a mobile version. This mobile version facilitates users who use mobile devices to surf the web. This version is lightweight, friendly and faster-loaded for smartphone users. It has been tested and works well on all mobile flatforms such as iPhone, iPad, Tablet PC, blackberry and Android phone.

Meeting of Bursars of the North European Region, 7 – 9 May, 2011 Kraków, Poland


The annual meeting of the Northern European Bursars was held under the chairmanship of Richard Copsey O. Carm. (Brit) The first part of the meeting was dedicated to a presentation of each province from the point of view of manpower and finances.

Letter of the Carmelite Young People of Europe to the Prior General


At the conclusion of the Carmelite Youth Pilgrimage of Hope, which was held in Rome in July 2010, the participants were asked to write an individual letter to the Prior General in response to his letter addressed to them during the Pilgrimage.

Letter to the Prior General from the young people of Europe

Letter to the Prior General from the young people of Europe

To the Most Reverend Prior General


Dear Fernando,


First of all, we would like to express our enormous sense of gratitude.  The Pilgrimage of Hope was a truly amazing experience.  In today’s world, it is often difficult for us to find a space to explore our faith, to ask questions, and to be heard. 

General Finance Commission 15-16 November


On 15 and 16 November the Order’s General Commission on Finance met in the Curia house in Rome under the chairmanship of Kevin Alban, the Bursar General. Also present were James Des Lauriers (Aus.), Manuel Bonilla (Cat.), Gian Domenico Meloni (Ita.), Michael Kissane (SEL-NY), Fintan Burke (Hib.), Wilmar Santin (GerS-Para.) Antonio Monteiro (Lus.), Bro. Mark McBride (TOR), Mr. Jeffrey Cull (US marketing), and Mr. Pierluigi Simoncelli (banking).

Carmelite NGO Celebrates "Freedom of Belief" on World Human Rights Day

Carmelite NGO Celebrates "Freedom of Belief" on World Human Rights Day

The Carmelite NGO is inviting people around the world to celebrate World Human Rights Day on December 10, 2010, by focusing on "Freedom of Belief." People are asked to reflect on what is happening, to pray for all the people involved, and to make some concrete commitment that will help improve the situation.

Fr. Boby Sebastian attended World Food Day at FAO Rome

Fr. Boby Sebastian

On the 15th of October 2010, the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome organized World Food Day in which Fr. Boby Sebastian (James Tharakunnel), O. Carm., executive secretary of the JPIC Commission of the Order participated.

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister." 


by Dr. Radut