Government Commission Seeks Input From Various Sources
With the mandate from the 2001 General Chapter
to study the structure of the central government of
the Order and to make concrete proposals at the
General Congregation in 2005, the ad hoc International
Commission for Government has developed and
distributed a questionnaire. Members of the current
General Council, the Council that ended in September 2001,
the members of the General Secretariat and the
current Provincials were asked to participate. Responses
were due at the end of March.
The meeting of the ad hoc International
Commission on the Government of the Order, met January
24-27, 2003 at the General Curia in Rome. The
members of the ad hoc International Government
Commission are Josef Jancar (currently the Procurator General
of the Order), Falco Thuis (Neer), Paolo Gollarte
(Flum), Christopher O'Donnell (Hib), Mario Esposito
(SEL), and Mark Attard (CISA). All members were able to
The meeting began with a study of all the
suggestions that have been made regarding the structure of
the Curia during General Chapters for the past 30 years.
For 30 years the General Chapters have repeatedly dealt
with the question of governmental structure; today there
are new challenges which require a governmental
structure that truly responds to these new situations.
The Commission wished to know if the
current structure of the General Council functions. The
Commission felt the need to update itself on some of
the details of work and life in the General Council.
In particular there is a need to distinguish between
the structure decided on by the General Chapter and
that which is currently in place as well as the working
order of this structure by the current members of the
The Commission formulated four areas of focus
for the General Council: 1) promotion of our charism; 2)
to live the fraternal life; 3) the efficiency of service
and collaboration; 4) reciprocal communication.
As the meeting continued, the Commission came
to the conclusion that it needed more information, not
only from the members themselves of the current
General Council but also from the members of the
preceding General Council, and perhaps from the members of
the General Secretariat, and by the staff, in order to
have their views. A questionnaire will be sent to all, to
be returned by the end of March.
The next meeting of the Commission will be
January 30 - February 2, 2004.
Elections for Provincial
and Council Held in the Maltese Province
The members of the Maltese Province
recently completed their election of new leadership for
the Province. Elected Provincial for three years was Alexander
Vella. Newly elected to the Provincial Council were
Charles Mallia, Alex Scerri, Robert Farrugia, and
The Province will hold their Provincial
Chapter May 5-9, 2003. (CITOC photo)
Carmelite Librarians Strategize Working Together
The librarians of the main Carmelite
libraries from around the world came together at The Friars
in Aylesford on April 25-26, 2003 to follow up on
Ten participants from Europe, North
America, and Australia took part. Part of the
discussions concerned how to get broader representation at
A representative of each library made a
brief presentation to the group. Working sessions
were devoted to electronic cataloguing, the
coordination of a computerized database of all Carmelite
libraries around the world, the development of an
international thesaurus, digitizing rare books,
acquisitions, and book conservation.
Because of an increasing interest in
Carmelite topics and the increasing availability of
materials, the role and importance of non Carmelite
researchers was also treated. The cataloguing of Carmelitana
as part of the SPRIN project of the Titus Brandsma Institute was also discussed.
The importance of encouraging the creation
of libraries in new provinces and jurisdictions
was stressed as was the need for the existing libraries to have professionally trained people to further
develop the libraries.
The first meeting of the Carmelite
Librarians took place ten years ago and dealt with the
coordination of card catalogues in Boxmeer and Rome.
The fourth meeting is scheduled to take place the
first week of July 2004 in either Boxmeer, The
Netherlands or Washington, D.C.