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The Canonical Erection of the Carmelite Province of the Philippines


On the 16th of July, 2013, the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the decision of the Prior General, with the consent of his Council, to erect the Province of the Philippines comes into effect.  Up to now this had been a General Commissariat and before that a Provincial Commissariat of the Province of the Netherlands. Blessed Titus Brandsma will be the Patron of the new province.

The leaders who have been appointed to hold office until the first provincial chapter, in February 2014, are:

  • Prior Provincial:  Fr. Christian Buenafe, O.Carm.
  • First Councillor:  Fr. Rico Ponce, O.Carm.
  • Second Councillor: Fr. Roberto Noel Rosas, O.Carm.
  • Third Councillor:  Fr. Gilbert Sabado, O.Carm.
  • Fourth Councillor:  Fr. Eduardo Albino, O.Carm.

The erection of the new province will take place on the 16th of July 2013 in Quezon City, Manila in the presence of the Vice-Prior General, Fr.  Christian Körner, O.Carm., the Councillor General for Asia, Australia and Oceania, Fr. Albertus Herwanta, O.Carm., and of the Prior Provincial of the Province of the Netherlands, Fr. Ben Wolbers, O.Carm.
We offer our congratulations and prayer to the members of the new province.

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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."