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CITOC Archive

CITOC Archive (588)

45/2018 – 25 – 06

The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, was held 21 June 2018. The following were elected:

  • Prioress: Sr. M. Lourdes M. de Jesús Crucificado Avilés Calderón, O.Carm.
  • 1st Councilor: Sr. M. Antonia de Jesús Sacramentado Acevedo Lorenzo, O.Carm.
  • 2nd Councilor: Sr. M. de la Trinidad Rodríguez Barbosa, O.Carm.
  • Director of Novices: Sr. Monserrate M. del Corazón Crucificado de Jesús Lugo Millán, O.Carm.
  • Treasurer: Sr. M. de la Trinidad Rodríguez Barbosa, O.Carm.
  • Sacristan: Sr. Monserrate M. del Corazón Crucificado de Jesús Lugo Millán, O.Carm.
Sábado, 23 Junio 2018 16:21

Provincial Chapter of the American Province of Saint Elias

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44/2018 – 23 – 06

During the Provincial Chapter of the American Province of Saint Elias held on 19-22 June 2018 were elected:

  • Prior Provincial: Fr. Mario Esposito, O.Carm.
  • First Councilor: Fr. Paul Denault, O.Carm.
  • Second Councilor: Fr. Joseph Nguyen Do, O.Carm.
  • Third Councilor: Fr. Mark C. Zittle, O.Carm.
  • Fourth Councilor: Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm.
Lunes, 18 Junio 2018 01:36

Electoral Chapter of the Monastery of Caudete, Spain

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43/2018 – 17 – 06

The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Caudete, Spain, was held 14-15 June 2018. The following were elected:

  • Prioress:  Sr. Josefina Marco Navarro, O.Carm.
  • 1st Councilor:   Sr. Estela Santos Torres, O.Carm.
  • 2nd Councilor:  Sr. Cristina Conejero Rodríguez, O.Carm.
  • Director of Novices:  Sr. Estela Santos Torres, O.Carm.
  • Treasurer:  Sr. Estela Santos Torres, O.Carm.
  • Sacristan:   Sr. Cristina Conejero Rodríguez, O.Carm.
Martes, 12 Junio 2018 03:40

Provincial Chapter of the Irish Province

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42/2018 – 11 – 06

During the Provincial Chapter of the Irish Province held on 10-14 June 2018 following earlier elections were confirmed:

  • Prior Provincial:  Fr. Richard Byrne, O.Carm.
  • First Councilor:  Fr. Brian McKay, O.Carm.
  • Second Councilor:  Fr. Éanna Ó hÓbáin, O.Carm.
  • Third Councilor:  Fr. Simon Nolan, O.Carm.
  • Fourth Councilor:  Fr. David Twohig, O.Carm.
  • Commissary Provincial of Zimbabwe:  Fr. Vitalis Tendai Benza, O.Carm.
Sábado, 09 Junio 2018 07:42

Provincial Chapter of the Italian Province

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41/2018 – 09 – 06

During the Provincial Chapter of the Italian Province held on 4-9 June 2018 were elected:

  • Prior Provincial:  Fr. Roberto Toni, O.Carm.
  • Vice Prior Provincial:  Fr. Lucio Maria Zappatore, O.Carm.
  • First Councilor:  Fr. Nicola Sozzi, O.Carm.
  • Second Councilor:  Fr. Giuseppe Midili, O.Carm.
  • Third Councilor:  Fr. Carlos Rivera Rodríguez, O.Carm.
  • Fourth Councilor:  Fr. Augustin Barbut, O.Carm.
Miércoles, 06 Junio 2018 07:20

Biannual Meeting of the O.Carm and OCD Councils

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40/2018 – 06 – 06

Last June 1st, the biannual meeting of our General Council with that of our Discalced brothers took place in our Curia in Rome. After praying Midday Prayer, the Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., welcomed the members of the OCD General Council and presented the program of this meeting that follows the meetings that have been taking place regularly for more than 25 years.

To begin, the theme of the triennial meeting of both councils that will take place in Dublin (Ireland) from May 27 to 31, 2019, was set: "The missionary journey of Carmel today". In view of that, a small committee was formed by Fr. John Keating, O.Carm. and Fr. Daniel Chowning, OCD., to have responsibility for preparing the meeting.

Both councils were informed of the preparations for the "Carmelite Day" that will be celebrated on January 28, 2019 within the framework of the World Youth Day that will take place in Panama. The Discalced Carmelites from the Province of Central America and the Carmelites from El Salvador are collaborating for this day.

Likewise, the program for the 5th meeting of ALACAR (Latin American Association of  Carmelites) that will take place in Santo Domingo next autumn was presented. The theme of this meeting will be, "The martyrs of yesterday for the Latin American Carmel of today" and it will look at such figures as Oscar Romero, Tito Brandsma and Edith Stein.

The General Superior, Father Saverio Cannistrà, OCD, reported on some questions concerning  "Cor Orans" (the recent application instruction on female contemplative life, from the CIVCSVA ). An interesting dialogue and a wide-ranging exchange of ideas were generated around the subject.

Next, the latest information sent by Bro. Fausto Spinelli, OCD, president of the joint international commission, on the steps that are being taken with the municipality of Haifa and the corresponding government authorities of Israel for the restoration and maintenance of the ruins of the first Carmelite monastery in the Wadi es-Siah on Mount Carmel, were shared.

Finally, the two councils exchanged various items of information regarding upcoming events in both orders. The meeting, which took place in an atmosphere of great fraternity and joy, ended with the community meal.


Sábado, 26 Mayo 2018 10:54

Provincial Chapter of the German Province

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34/2018 – 25 – 05

During the Provincial Chapter of the German Province held on 21-25 May 2018 were elected:

  • Prior Provincial:  Fr. Peter Schröder, O.Carm.
  • First Councilor:  Fr. Ludwig Eifler, O.Carm.
  • Second Councilor:  Br. Guido Niessner, O.Carm.
  • Third Councilor:  Fr. Klemens August Droste, O.Carm.
  • Fourth Councilor:  Br. Günter Benker, O.Carm.
33/2018 – 24 – 05

The recent fifth centenary of the death of Blessed Baptist Spagnoli was the occasion for the Institutum Carmelitanum to offer a series of evening sessions on history, art and spirituality, at the Saint Abert’s International Centre (CISA) on the first three Mondays of May. The sessions opened with an interview with Cristian Poli on the much-discussed figure of Tommaso Connecte, initiator of the Mantuan Reform, who, although he died at the stake as a heretic in 1434, was celebrated as a martyr by Spagnoli in his De vita beata. The second evening session was dedicated to the restoration of an autograph letter by Spagnoli which is kept in the General Archive. Fr. Mario Alfarano introduced the evening with a presentation of the content, context and symbolic value of this letter that Mantovano sent to Nicolas Audet in 1514; He was follow by Prof. Eulalia Ramos, from the University of Tor Vergata in Rome, who illustrated the detailed and delicate restoration of the document. The last meeting was conducted by Fr. Giovanni Grosso who spoke about a part of the iconographic collection that enriches the church of San Felice del Benaco, which is one of the first foundations of the Mantuan Reform. Fr. Giovanni paid particular attention to some images of Our Blessed Lady and the early saints of the Order.

Miércoles, 23 Mayo 2018 20:21

Assembly of nuns in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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32/2018 – 23 – 05

On April 16-19, an assembly of the prioresses and formation directors of the five monasteries of the Dominican Republic and of the two monasteries of Puerto Rico took place in Santo Domingo. This time the nuns of Camaná, Peru, also took part in this event, which is celebrated every two years. The goal of this assembly was the establishment of a new federation among the monasteries of this part of the Order. The nuns prepared for the event, individually and in community, through a study promoted by the local delegate, Fr. Rogelio Mur. During the first two days, the delegate general, Fr. Mario Alfarano, was present. He guided the sessions, facilitating the work of the participants and planning with them the next stages of the assembly in view of the establishment of the federation. Before the assembly, Fr. Mario, accompanied by P. Rogelio, visited all the monasteries of the Antilles. Among the most important initiatives arising from the visit and the assembly, there was the proposal to ask the Prior General to introduce the cause of beatification of three nuns who lived in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico at the turn of the last century.

Martes, 15 Mayo 2018 21:11

International Congress of the Carmelite Laity 2018

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28/2018 – 15 – 05

The General Commission of the Carmelite Laity would like to remind all Provincials, Commissaries, and Delegates about the International Congress of the Carmelite Laity 2018, that will be held in Rome, Italy, from September 15 (arrival) to September 21 (departure) as specified in the convocation letter sent a few months ago. The organisers would like to ask all Superiors to send the list of participants of their respective Carmelite entities before May 31 (deadline) to the following email: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.

In case a participant is required to get a visa to enter Europe, please, send as soon as possible the corresponding information in order to prepare a letter of invitation. We need full name as it appears on passport, passport number, expiration date of passport, dates of arrival to and departure from Europe.

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