||New General Delegate Named in France
Fr. Klaus Schenkelberger, O. Carm., has
been nominated by the Prior General, Joseph Chalmers, as
the General Delegate of the Carmelites in France. Fr. Klaus is
a member of the Upper German Province.
The Prior General and the General Councilor for the Mediterranean Region made
a canonical visit to the members of the Order in
France February 24-28, 2003. There are eight Carmelites and
one Carmelite postulant in France. One of the members is
a French citizen. The others come from Germany,
Australia, Brazil, the Congo, the United States of America,
Italy, and Spain. The members of the Order in France
are directly under the Prior General.
On February 27, an Assembly of the Delegation
was held presided over by the Prior General. The
gathering dealt with various issues related to the Delegation.
There are two communities (The Center for
Spirituality and Studies) and Angers (with a commitment of
the community to a parish). There is also a hermitage
in Villefranche de Rouergue where one hermit lives.
This hermitage is open to other Carmelites who wish to
spend some quiet reflective time or make a proviate retreat.
The Order was re-established in France in 1985.
It had been completely destroyed during the French
Carribean Region Receives Visit of Prior Provincial
Between January 5 and February 4, the Prior
Provincial of Arago-Valentine Province, Fr. David Oliver,
visited the commmunities of the Provincial Commissariat
of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. There
are seven communities in the Commissariat, three in
the Dominican Republic and four in Puerto Rico. The
brothers work in seven parishes and three high schools.
The Provincial also visited the cloistered Carmelite
nuns with four monasteries in the Dominican Republic and
two in Puerto Rico. He spoke to the nuns about the
Ratio which is in process of being developed. These
communities are marked by the high number of young nuns and
by the great desire to live profoundly the charism and
spirituality of the Order.
A special moment during the visit was the
Solemn Profession on January 18th in the Dominican Republic
of two brothers, Rafael Paulino Núñez and Fanfi
Antonio Domínguez Taberas. There was a large participation
of the Carmelite Family, including the six postulants for
the Provincial Commissariat.
On January 22, the Provinical had a meeting in
the Dominican Republic with the Carmelite Sisters of
the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Carmelite Sisters of
the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.
The annual assembly of the Commissariat was
held January 27-30. Almost all the brothers took part.
The basis of the discussions was the Ratio, especially
numbers 1-70. and the various stages of formation were studied
in relation to the reality of the Order in the Commissariat.
These discussions will be used for the elaboration of
the formation plan of the Province. The proposals for
on-going formaiton were particularly relevant. The last
day was dedicated to going over the document on fraternal
life which contains the principles approved by the
Provincial Chapter and on that the community plans were based.
At the end of the visit, the Prior Provincial met
with members of the Third Order. During an evening of
prayer, the group leaders explained what the groups do and
what are their hopes for the future. There were about
200 people at the meeting.
Tomas Ciscar Nadal, the current Commissary of
the Antillies, provided the necessary assistance for the
| Members of the
Commissariat of the Antillies gather during the annual assembly which
was held January 27-30. The visit of the Prior Provincial, David Oliver,
took place January 5 - February 4, 2003. The visit included visits to the
various monasteries of Carmelite nuns.
Carmelite Speaks on Relation
Between Individual and Community at Diocesan Conference for Religious
During the annual meeting of religious men
and women of the diocese of Münster, Carmelite
Michael Plattig spoke in front of 200 participants. The theme
of the meeting was "Cain, Where Is Your Brother Abel?"
Fr. Plattig brought out the challenge of deepening the
relationship between individual and community in his talk.
Fr. Plattig put forth the following propositions:
1) A renewal of religious life does not begin with
the development of community structures but begins at
the center of religious life. That is, it begins with the
strengthening of one's relation with God.
2) Religious life is strengthened in the relationship of
the individual member with God. Consequently, renewal
of community will give its own contribution to the birth
of each of its members.
3) The most important ability to exercise in religion is
the openness to allowing yourself to be changed by God.
4) From the responsibility of the sisters and of the
brothers, from their individual responses to the call of
God, develops the openness to let oneself change and grow
in community. Transformation and growth of the
community are processes. Community is never finished but is
always developing or it is not community. Where there is
no growth and no willingness to change, community is dead.
5) Since religious life is a sign for the church and for
the world, individuality and community must have a
life-giving relationship. They must be seen as challenges
to which one always needs to respond.
The Religious Orders and Congregations in Seville
Having reported in a previous issue of CITOC on the first part of
the cycle of lectures being given concerning Religious Orders
and Congregations in Seville, we now announce the second and final part.
This second cycle ran from January through
March 2003. The director, Fr. Ismael Martínez, O.
Carm., invited people who would be especially interested in
the theme of the historical presence of religious in Seville
and their social influence in the more than 750 years that
These conferences were held at the renown
"Ateneo de Sevilla." Giving the first conference was Fr.
Ismael Martínez himself on "The Carmelite Order in