Fr. Damien Chong, (PCM)
P. Temp.: 08-09-58
P. Soll.: 08-09-61
Dom Albert Först, (Ger)
Episcopus emeritus Dourados, Brasil
P. Soll.: 17-09-51
Fr. Carlos was born in the Netherlands on 20 October 1931. In 1949, while he was still a student in the Carmelite minor seminary, he and seven other companions went to Brazil in order to become missionaries. He entered the Carmelite Order in 1952, studied philosophy in São Paolo, Brazil, and pursued his theological studies from 1954 to 1963 in Rome at St. Albert’s International College and at the University of St. Thomas (Angelicum). He also undertook studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and at the École Biblique in Jerusalem. On his return to Brazil in 1963, he was appointed professor of Scripture at the seminary until 1973. From 1973 to 2001 he worked among the Basic Ecclesial Communities, helping the people of God to read and understand the Word of God. Fr. Carlos is one of the founders of the Centro Ecumenico de Estudios Biblicos and was its director from 1977 to 1989. Since 1987 he has been a member of the team that started the project Tu Palavra é Vida of the Conference of Religious in Brazil. This project assists in the biblical formation of religious. Since 1987 he has also taken part in INTERCAB, inter-Carmelite meetings in Brazil, and in 2001 he was elected General Councillor of the Carmelite Order.
Sister Maria Anastasia Cucca was born in Ravenna in 1967. In 1983 she went to California (USA) to study for one year. There she encountered the Love of God the Father. She becomes passionate in reading the Sacred Scriptures and finds there her vocation. On her return to Italy she continues to live her faith in the scout movement. She discovers the Carmelite spirituality in a meeting with the nuns of her city. In 1986 she obtains her high school certificate in linguistics and leaves for a year of study in Bonn, Germany. On 4 October 1987 she enters the Carmel of Ravenna, where, in 1995, she makes her solemn profession. She teaches herself the sacred languages and deepens her understanding of the spirituality of the Order, of the Fathers of the Church, Judaism and monastic spirituality. She lives a prayerful and silent life in the cloister together with her sisters.
Fr. Cosimo was born in San Vito dei Normanni (Italy) on 5 June 1952. He completed his bachelor’s degree in philosophy (1976) and theology (1979) at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He obtained his Masters degree in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute (1984) and his doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Gregorian (2002). His thesis is on the use of the figure of Elijah in the Gospel narrative of Mark. He has published several articles in various magazines and his doctoral thesis: The figure of Elijah in Mark’s Gospel, semantic and functional aspects, Gregorian Thesis, Serie Teologica 97, Roma 2003. At present he is teaching Biblical Greek for the theological triennium and the Masters course in biblical theology at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy in the district of S. Luigi (Naples). He also teaches Sacred Scripture at the Inter-religious Theological Institute of S. Fara (Bari) and at the Higher Institute of Religious Sciences in Bari. Besides teaching Sacred Scripture, Fr. Cosimo willingly gives himself to preaching and giving spiritual exercises to priests, sisters and lay people. He contributes to biblical weeks for the people and leads courses on "lectio divina" in some dioceses of Southern Italy.
Born in Anagni, Frosinone (Italy) on 15 February 1961, Sr. Maria Teresa Boschi entered Carmel in 1981 after completing high school. She made her temporary profession in 1982 and her solemn profession in 1987, the first to do so in the Carmel of S. Anna a Carpineto Romano. In 1992, together with four other nuns, she founded the Carmel of Janua Coeli in Cerreto di Sorano in the province of Grossetto, in the inland of Maremma, near a Marian Sanctuary. She completed the cycle of studies in philosophy and theology and is at present taking a course in humanities for formation consultants of monastic-contemplative life. In 2003 she took her Master’s degree in consultation psychology. At present she is Prioress of the community. Besides translating Greek patristic texts, she corrects and translates drafts in modern languages. Her monastic life allows her to live her desired infinite solitude that invokes the presence of the living God, the shadow that restores all things, and of the brothers and sisters who beat as with one only heart.
Fr. Charlò-Carmel, of the Maltese Carmelite Province, was born on 24 March 1975. He entered the Order in 1992, and did his noviciate in Pisa (Italy). On 25 July 1994 he made his simple profession and on 30 September 1997 made his solemn profession. He was ordained to the priesthood on 3 August 2001. Between 1994 and 2000 he attended the State University of Malta from where he graduated in Philosophy, History of Art and Theology. In 2002, he also obtained his Master’s degree in Pastoral theology from the same university. His thesis is entitled: Carmel: A Spirituality of Beauty. These last few years he has been master of novices and director of postulants and students in the Maltese Carmelite Province. In 2004 he obtained a Diploma in Formation Studies (CIFS) at the Pontifical Gregorian University and in 2007 obtained a Doctorate in Spiritual Theology from the same university. His Doctoral Thesis is entitled: Union with God as Transformation in Beauty. A Literary-Spiritual Analysis of the Colloquies of Santa Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi (1566 - 1607). At present he lives at the Carmelite Priory in Balluta, Malta. He is author of various articles and books on theology and spirituality.
Fr. Tibero was born in 1950 in the province of Abruzzo (Italy) where the Carmelites have been present since the seventeenth century. He did his noviciate in 1971 and his university studies in Rome. He studied Philosophy at the Lateran University and Theology at the Gregorian University, specialising in Spirituality. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1977. Fr. Tiberio had gained much experience in a Centre of spirituality. He specialised in Formation during the triennium of 1980-83 at the Institute of Psychology at the Gregorian University. He then organised and led three-year courses in On-going Formation for the Federated Italian Provinces, sessions in the Congo and vocational discernment. He was also the person responsible for Caritas Carmelitana, promoted the youth movement and the new religious-lay-families collaboration of the Carmelite Family. He achieved the gradual unification of the Federated Italian Provinces, planned and led the way for the new unified Italian Province from 1991 to 1997. During those years he promoted the development of Carmel in Africa and Colombia, and opened the way for Romania in 1992. In the years 1998-2000 he studied in the Faculty of Missiology at the Gregorian University, specialising in inter-religious studies. Since 2001 he lives in Romania in the region of Moldavia, in the Monastery-Centre of Spirituality in Luncani (Bacau), a new Carmelite foundation with the scope of studying oriental spirituality and to dialogue with the Orthodox church.
Sr. Marianerina (Nerina) was born in Castellammare di Stabia (province of Naples) on 6 January 1962. She completed her scientific High School studies at the school of “F. Severi” in Naples, and at that time became very involved in the Students’ Movement of Catholic Action. She studied jurisprudence at the Frederico II University in Naples and simultaneously studied religious science at the S. Michele Institute and later at the diocesan institute of Religious Science. During that time, she was a member of the National Conference of the Students’ Movement of Catholic Action and was in charge of the Campania region. In 1982 she started theological studies at the Theological Faculty of Southern Italy.
She joined the Congregation of the Suore Carmelitane Missionarie di S. Teresa del Bambino Gesù, in Santa Marinella (Rome), in June 1983 and continued her studies in theology and philosophy at the Gregorian University, Rome. She took her Bachelor’s degree in theology in 1989 and a Master’s degree in spirituality in 1991. She was, then, called to join the editing team of “Horeb”, the publication of the Carmelites in Italy, and to collaborate in the vocational apostolate and the formation of members of the Carmelite Third Order. She is the co-ordinator for on-going formation in her Province. Since 2000, she is enrolled at the “Claretianum” Institute of Theology of the Consecrated Life in Rome for her doctorate in theology.
was born in Modena, Italy, in 1967, was professed in the Carmelite Order in 1987 and was ordained priest in 1993. He holds a Ph.D. from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) and from 2001 to 2006 he lectured in biblical theology at the Pontifical Theological Faculty in Sicily.