In this Year of Faith, we, the members of the two General Councils OCarm. and OCD, came on pilgrimage to Aylesford, England. This is a significant place for the entire Carmelite Family. In fact, in this place, where we are writing this message to you on the feast of St. Simon Stock, are the remains of the ancient Carmelite house which was founded in 1242 by some of the pilgrim-hermits from Mount Carmel.
Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm. Prior General
Throughout the six years that the term of the General leadership lasts there are moments that are difficult, joyful, sad, emotional, moments in which one feels an extraordinary pride in our Carmelite family, and so on. At the end of last year, (from 29th November to 4th December 2010) we had one of those very intense, profound and joyful moments, in the meeting of the two General Councils, O.Carm and O.C.D.,
The cover of this issue of CITOC-magazine shows a very beautiful photo of the first Carmelite Church in the entire American continent in Olinda, Brazil, founded by the Portuguese Carmelites in 1580 and rededicated again on August 5, 2012. The celebrations are an opportunity for the Carmelites to give thanks for the restoration and the return of this marvelous church that from 1877 was in the hands of the Brazilian state, and from today will be the office of the Prior Provincial.
Evangelization is the process which seeks to spread the Gospel and the teachings of the gospel throughout the world. Jesus instructed his followers to go out and spread the Good News. As Catholics, thi
At this time I want to share with my brothers in faith and Carmel, something that my mother taught me from childhood which is that God has something set aside for us, and in my life I have to discover it. Several years have passed and these words have stuck with me, and each time I witness that God has many things in store for his children and thanks to Carmel I can discover them.
by Br. Dave Twohig, O.Carm and Br. Thomas Feiten, O.Carm.
The Pilgrimage of Hope took place in Rome from 19th-25th of July. Almost 200 young people from across Europe participated. The pilgrimage was based in the Carmelite Conference Centre in Sassone, but the group travelled into Rome most days, to visit significant Christian sites. Over 5 days, the young people visited
Desert Springs in the City: A Concise History of the Carmelites
by Leopold Glueckert, O. Carm.
The 800 year old history of the Carmelite Order written by one of the Order's great storytellers. After many years of study, Fr. Leopold Glueckert has lectured on Carmelite history in various parts of the world and now has recorded that history in a rich and enjoyable storytelling format. The book was serialized in The Sword and is now available for purchase in paperback form.
The JPIC Commission In September 2008, the General Commission for JPIC had its first meeting at Sassone, Italy, where Fr. Albertus Herwanta, (Chairman), Fr. Cees Bartels, Fr. David Blanchard, Fr. Michael Agung, Fr. Jerry Sabado, Fr. Eduardo Agosta, Fr. Boniface Kimondolo and Fr. Boby Sebastian (James) Tharakunnel (Secretary) were present. It came out with an action plan for 2008-2011 to raise an awareness of the JPIC issues and to take real action to bring possible solutions in the whole Order.
At the General Chapter of 2007 it was agreed to unite all of Europe into one geographical area having one General Councilor responsible for the whole area. Up to this Europe was divided into North and South. The Global Plan of the General Council (2007-2013) states: “Uniting the two regions of Europe into one geographical area presents us with
From among the projects for Africa in these 6 years that emerged from the General Chapter in 2007, we would like to present the present-day situation and that which will be realized in the following days.
For my heart is always with Him, day and night it thinks unceasingly of its heavenly and divine Friend, to whom it wants to prove its affection. Also within it arises this desire: not to die, but to suffer long, to suffer for God, to give Him its life while praying for poor sinners.