The Carmelite General Curia is the administrative centre of the Order of Carmelites and is located in Rome, Italy. An international community of Carmelites live there in the Curia Community which is made up of the Prior General, the members of the General Council and other Carmelite Officials of the Curia. These are given vital assistance by a team of lay women and men on a daily basis.
The Secretary General is appointed as the official notary of the Order. He prepares all the meetings of the General Council and prepares official letters and other documents. He helps to keep the communication between the General Council and the rest of the Order running smoothly.
Father Roberto Hasudungan Sianturi is the Secretary General for the Order. Father Robert was born in Pekanbaru, Indonesia, on February 17, 1984. At the end of his novitiate, he made his simple profession on July 17, 2005 and his solemn profession, on July 20, 2011. After finishing his Philosophical and theological studies in Indonesia, he was ordained on October 27, 2012. Immediately after his ordination, he worked as a parochial vicar in a rural parish in northern Sumatra. During 2014 and 2015 he was appointed the formation director for the Postulants in Sidikalang, also in northern Sumatra.
From 2017 to 2019 he studied spiritual theology at the Teresianum Institute of Spirituality. After receiving a licentiate degree, for a brief time he worked as a director at the Marian Center of Indonesia. In December 2019, he was appointed Secretary General of the Order.
The process that leads to the canonisation of a Saint is complex. It goes through a number of steps. One of the early steps is where witnesses attest to the goodness, holiness, devotion to God and other virtues of a candidate for sainthood. If the person passes this step they are named a “Servant of God”. The Pope makes the final decision if a person is to be canonised and officially declared a “Saint”.
Dr Giovanna Brizi is the Postulator General for the Order of Carmelites. The Postulator General has the responsibility for promoting and dealing with the causes (or cases) for canonisation of the Servants of God connected to the Order.
Dr Giovanna Brizi was born in Rome and studied Jurisprudence at the Sapienza University in Rome. She obtained a three year diploma in liturgy from the Pontifical University of Sant’Anselmo in Roma and a diploma in Theology from the Diocesan Theological Centre. In 1998 she obtained a diploma at the Studium of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints, with a summa cum laude.
From 1999 onwards she worked with different Postulators, with whom she acted as an external collaborator, in the writing of different Positions, and as a researcher in a number of national, and international archives.
Since the 2010-2011 academic year she has given a number of lectures on the practices of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints at the Pontifical Gregorian University, at the Faculty of History and the Cultural Patrimony of the Church, in the context of the course on the Causes of the Saints.
She took part in numerous national and international conventions and she is the author of articles and books in various languages on topics related to her professional field.
From 2013 she has been the Postulator for different Causes of beatification and canonisation. From the 15th of September she has been the Postulator General of the Carmelite Order.
The Order considers it important that the cultural and spiritual traditions be kept alive through the preservation of our heritage especially our literary and documentary heritage.
Father Mario Alfarano is the General Archivist. Father Mario was born in Brindisi (Italy) on August 7, 1971. He is a member of the Province of Naples. He entered the Carmelites and made his first profession in 1992 and was ordained a priest in 1998. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from University of Naples and a degree in Spiritual Theology for Formation from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was a formator for students from 1999 to 2002, and from 2002 to 2008 he was a Prior Provincial of the Province of Naples. He was member of the International Commission for Formation from 2002-2009. From 2008-2013 he was a Secretary General of the Order. In 2015 he was appointed General Archivist.