no. 2   april - june 2005

Matthew Sprouffske, O. Carm. (PCM)

Fr. Matthew Sprouffske, a member of the PCM Province, died on January 19, 2005 from cancer. He would have celebrated his 78th birthday on January 23rd.

Born in Los Angeles, CA, Matt entered the Carmelites as a member of the St. Elias Province. When California became part of the PCM Province, he took the option of joining that Province. He worked for many years among the poor of Los Angeles in the parish of St. Raphael and in education. While living at the residence of the Brothers of John of God, he took special interest in the Carmelites who lived in the nursing home next door.

Matt professed simple vows as a Carmelite on September 8, 1948 and was ordained priest on July 18, 1954.

Mª Patrocinio San Romualdo Egido, O. Carm. (MAD)

On January 19, 2005, Sr. Mª Patrocinio San Romualdo Egido of the Carmelite monastery of ‘Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas’ in Madrid, Spain, died. She was 77.

She was born on September 2, 1923 in Torreiglesias (Segovia). She made her Simple Profession on July 6, 1950.

Maria Immacolata dell’Angelo Custode, O Carm. (OST)

A member of the Carmelite monastery in Ostuni, Italy, Sr. Maria Immacolata dell’Angelo Custode (Pasqua Vittoria Patisso) died on January 20, 2005 at the age of 83 years. She was born in Carovigno (Brindisi), Italy, on March 30, 1921. She made her simple profession on March 12, 1950.

Juan Bautista Llorens Pascual, O. Carm. (Arag)

A member of Onda (Castellón) Community of the Argo-Valentine Province, Fr. Juan Bautista Llorens, died on January 30, 2005 at the age of 90 years.

Fr. Juan Bautista was born on September 28, 1914 in Borriol (Castellón). He made his simple profession on November 28, 1932. He was ordained on December 20, 1941.

Fr. Juan was director of novices from 1952-1959 and Provincial definitor from 1950-1959.

Florentino Herruzo Plaza, O. Carm. (Baet)

Fr. Florentino Herruzo Plaza, member of the Baetica Province and our community in Hinojosa de Duque (Córdoba) on January 31, 2005 at the age of 66 years. He was born in Fuente La Lancha (Córdoba) on April 6, 1938. He made his first profession on September 27, 1955. He was ordained priest on April 14, 1963.

He was the vice-rector of the minor seminary and was the provincial secretary from 1966-1971. He earned a licentiate in law. His last community, since October 31, 2003, was the Community of Hinojosa del Duque (Córdoba) where he helped in the parish.

Maria Evangelista della Trinitá, O. Carm.

Sr. Maria Evangelista della Trinità died on February 1, 2005. She was a Carmelite hermit of the hermitage of Santa Maria degli Angeli de San Martino alla Palma in Florence, Italy. She was 79 years old.

She was born on May 5, 1925 in Cavriglia (Arezzo), Italy. She made her solemn profession on May 2, 1954.

Jesús Hernández de Isabel, O. Carm. (Cast)

Fr. Jesús Hernández de Isabel, of the Castille Province, died on February 9, 2005 in Madrid. He was a member of the El Henar community. He was born in Segovia in 1926. He made his first profession on October 4, 1949 and was ordained priest on July 10, 1955.

He was 78 years old.

José Cózar Fernández, O. Carm. (Baet)

Fr. José Cózar Fernández, of the Baetica Province, died on February 13, 2005 in the Carmelite house of Los Misterios in Madrid. Born in Vilches (Jaén), José made his first profession on October 1, 1962 and was ordained priest on May 27, 1970.

He was 61 years old.

Aloysius Sieracki, O. Carm. (PCM)

Fr. Al Sieracki, a member of the PCM Province, died on February 20, 2005. He was a member of the Carmelite Community in Carmelite Carefree Village, a retirement home on the campus of Aylesford in Darien, Illinois (USA).

He was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 5, 1929. He joined the Carmelite Order with his first profession on August 25, 1955 and was ordained priest on May 23, 1959.

He worked for many years in education, including teaching mathematics at Marquette University while serving as treasurer for the Carmelite formation house that was located on the campus. Later he served in the leadership of the Lay Carmelites, especially with pilgrimages.

Maria Leticia Girón de la Cruz, O. Carm. (GUI)

Sr. Maria Leticia Girón, prioress of the Carmelite monastery in Guiguinto, the Philippines, died on February 27, 2005. She was 54 years old.

She was born on October 4, 1950 in Malolos (Bulacán), The Philippines. She made her simple profession on November 21, 1973. She had been re-elected as Prioress on June 2004, having served in the same office formerly for two previous terms.

Her life and death were marked by an outstanding spirit of service and self sacrifice, joyful acceptance of God’s will and a great love for the Church and for the Order, most specially for the priests. Thirty of them concelebrated with the Bishop in her funeral mass and carried her coffin to the place of rest.

The community of Guiguinto and the whole local Church have experienced the death of Mo. Ma. Leticia as a precious witness to how beautiful, serene and happy is the death of the good ones in the eyes of the Lord.

Hugh Mallia, O. Carm. (Mel)

Fr. Hugh Mallia, a member of the Maltese Province, died at the Carmelite Retreat Centre of Gort Muire in Dublin, Ireland on February 27, 2005. He had been in residence there for several years. 

Hugh was born at Msida, Malta, on 9th November 1931. He made his Simple Profession in 1951 and was ordained priest in 56. He served the Order in Malta, Rome and Dublin. He was Co-Secretary General of the Order under Prior General John Malley and served on various international commissions.

A big man with a bigger heart, Hugh was loved by all those who knew him for his kindness and good nature.

M. Isabel de la Haza Escudero, O. Carm. (CAN)

Sr. Maria Isabel de la Haza Escudero died on March 14, 2005 at the age of 85 years. She was a member of the Carmelite monastery in Cañete la Real, Spain.

Sr. Maria was born in Cañete la Real (Málaga), Spain, on January 3, 1920. She made her simple profession on January 25, 1944.

Antonio Pinci, O. Carm. (Ita)

Fr. Antonio Pinci, a member of the Italian Province, died on March 17, 2005.

Fr. Antonio was born in Palestrina, Italy on November 6, 1938. He made his Simple Profession on October 3, 1955 and was ordained priest on February 17, 1963.

Alberto Carmelita Carneiro Leão, O. Carm. (Pern)

Fr. Alberto Carneiro Leão, a member of the Pernambuco Province, died on March 21, 2005 following a lengthy illness.

Alberto was born in Recife, Brazil on August 3, 1920. He made his Simple Profession on March 30, 1937 and was ordained priest on November 14, 1943. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Convento do Carmo in Recife.