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Electoral Chapter of the Monastery of Tarlac, Philippines

The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Tarlac, Philippines, was held 14 December 2009. The following were elected:
  • Prioress:  Sr. M. Teresa Margarita Medina, O.Carm.
  • 1st Councilor: Sr. M. Victoria San Diego, O.Carm.
  • 2nd Councilor: Sr. Arlene Marie Reporte, O.Carm.
  • Director of Novices:  Sr. M. Teresa Margarita Medina, O.Carm.
  • Treasurer: Sr. Arlene Marie Reporte, O.Carm.
  • Sacristan: Sr. M. Victoria San Diego, O.Carm.
Change in the date of the beatification of Venerable Angelo Paoli
The Secretary of State has informed us of the date of the upcoming beatification of Venerable Angelo Paoli (1642-1720). The ceremony will take place in Rome at the basilica of St. John Lateran on 25th April 2010 (rather than 18th April as was previously announced).
Electoral Chapter of the Monastery of Cañete la Real, Spain
The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Cañete la Real, Spain, was held 11 January 2010. The following were elected:
Carmelites of Terenure College Dublin celebrate 150 years
On 10th January, the Carmelite School at Terenure, Dublin, celebrated its 150th Anniversary. The event has been marked by a series of events throughout 2009-2010. Although somewhat hindered by the heavy snow and bitterly cold weather, the day itself was marked by a nationally televised Eucharistic Celebration and short programme on this educational project of the Irish Carmelites. The Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., and the Councillors General John Keating and Raúl Maraví, joined the Provincial of the Irish Province, Fr.
November - December 2009
Initium Novitiatus
  • 15-10-09 Mihaela Catana (CAR), Carpineto Romano
  • 31-10-09 Yadira María Cuevas (TRU), Trujillo Alto
 Professio Solemnis
  • 14-11-09 Joseph Nguyen Do (SEL-Viet), Ho Chi Minh City,
 Ordinatio Diaconalis
60th anniversary of the Carmelite Secular Institute The Leaven

On 21st November the Carmelite Secular Institute known as The Leaven (The Institute of Our Lady of Mount Carmel) has celebrated its Diamond Jubilee at Aylesford Priory in Kent, Great Britain. Aylesford is the spiritual home of The Leaven, which was originally established there as a Lay community when the friars returned to their ancient priory in November 1949.

Activities of the Prior General in Latin America

Following the ALACAR Congress, which took place at the Villa de Leiva, Columbia (see CITOC no. 108/2009), the Prior General Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., who was accompanied by Fr. Raúl Maraví. O.Carm., Councillor General for the Americas, visited the communities of Medellin and Arjona.

Carmelite NGO brings Prayer and Reflection to Copenhagen Summit on the Environment

Acknowledging the moral imperative to protect the environment, members of the Carmelite NGO will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark to participate in the global event “The United Nations Climate Change Conference” December 7 – 18, 2009.

Vitam coelo reddiderunt (R.I.P.)

06-11-09 P. Laetantius Morskieft, GerI

08-11-09 P. Franklin Tasker, PCM


60th anniversary of the return of the Carmelites to Aylesford


On 31st October 1949 a good number of Carmelite friars from all over the world walked across the 13th century bridge into the village of Aylesford and on to the house which has borne the name “The Friars” for many years. This was one of the first Carmelite foundations in Europe in 1242.


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."