COMMISSARIATE OF PARANA, BRAZIL
January 2-5, 2002
The Chapter of the Provincial Commissary of Paraná was celebrated January
2-5 in Graciosa, Paranavaí, PR, Brazil. The Commissary is tied to the Upper
Twenty-four members of the Commissary were present as
well as the Provincial, Fr. Christian Körner, the Prior General, Fr. Joseph
Chalmers, and the General Councilor for Latin America, Fr. Carlos Mesters.
In all, there were 27 participants. The Chapter took place in a climate of
mature and sincere fraternity.
The first day was the presentation of the reports of the
activity of the superiors of the Commissariate, of the formation work, of
the health of the different communities and of the pastoral activity in the
parishes. The second day, after an evaluation of the proposals voted in
during the preceding Chapter of 1999, the elections took place. Elected were
the following brothers: Commissary: Fr. Edimilson Borges de Carvalho;
Councilors - Fr. Francisco Manoel de Oliveira, Fr. Wilmar Santin, Fr. Aleixo
Rückl e Fr. Osmar Vieira Branco.
On the last day, the objectives were elaborated and voted on, the
priorities, the action strategies and the means for realizing them in the
next 3 years. With great openness, the brothers placed themselves at the
disposition (of the Province) for the transfers and changes needed. At the
end, there was a beautiful and emotional Eucharistic celebration.
PROVINCIAL CHAPTER OF RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
January 7-11, 2002
The Province of St. Elias (Rio de Janeiro) held its
Provincial Chapter January 7-11, 2002, in San Paolo, Brazil.
During the first session, the opening of the Chapter, the
image of the Our Lady in Pilgrimage was presented. After the prayer opening
the Chapter and the words of welcome on the part of the Prior Provincial,
Paulo Gollarte, a roll call of the members was held. During the days, the
number of members present varied. Some 34 Carmelites, including the Prior
General, Joseph Chalmers, O. Carm., and the Councilor General of Latin
America, Carlos Mesters, O. Carm., were present.
In the second and third session on January 9, the reports of the outgoing
Council were read, studied and discussed. In the fourth and fifth session on
January 10, the proposals made by members of the Chapter were discussed and
voted on. In the sixth session, held the morning of January 11, the
elections for the new Council were held. The following were elected:
Provincial: Geraldo d'Abadia Pires Maciel, O. Carm.; First Councilor:
Marcelo Frezarini, O. Carm.; Second Councilor: Valter Rubens Gomes dos
Santos, O. Carm.; Third Councilor: Gilvander Luís Moreira, O. Carm.; Fourth
Councilor: Cláudio van Balen, O. Carm.
In the last session on January 11, the transfers were given out. The Chapter
concluded with a beautiful Eucharistic celebration.
PROVINCIAL CHAPTER OF PERNAMBUCO, BRAZIL
January 14-18, 2002
The Province of Pernambuco met in Chapter January 14-18,
2002, at Camocin de São Felix in Brazil. The Chapter took the theme "`To Be
and To Have' As An Expression of Authentic Brotherhood."
In the first session, on January 14, 2002, after the introductory
information of the Prior Provincial, João José Costa, and the formal opening
by the Prior General, Joseph Chalmers, roll call was held. There were 42
members of the Chapter including the Prior General and the General Councilor
for Latin America, Carlos Mesters. Following the approval of the "Ordo
Capituli," the nominations of the officials of the Chapter and those
responsible for various jobs at the Chapter were approved.
The morning of January 15, the second session was dedicated to a study of
the spiritual and material condition of Carmelite life in the Province by
means of a dialogue over the reports from the Provincial, the formators, and
the treasurer. In the third session, on the same day, there was a reflection
on the bibilical and theological ideas in the theme of the Chapter.
The fourth session, on January 16, 2002, was dedicated to the study of the
Instrumentum Laboris I, which dealt with the concrete situation of the
Province, offering some direction for the next three years. In the fifth
session in the afternoon of the same day, elections for a new Prior
Provincial and the members of the Provincial Council were held. The
following were elected: Provincial: João José Costa, O. Carm., First
Councilor: Rogério Severino de Lima, O. Carm.; Second Councilor: Francisco
de Sales Alencar Batista, O. Carm.; Third Councilor: Sormani José Barbosa
Lima, O. Carm.; Fourth Councilor: Joaquim Ferreira da Luz, O. Carm.
In the sixth and seventh session on January 17, the proposals of the
Instrumentum Laboris II document was discussed and voted on. This had been
sent by the Preparatory Commission of the Chapter. There was a first draft
of the Civil Statues of the Province, contained in Instrumentum Laboris III,
to be voted on and approved by the next Provincial Assembly.
In the eighth session on the morning of January 18, after a solemn
Eucharistic celebration, the members of the communities met at different
locations to elect those responsible for the different positions in the
communities. In the same final session, the new novices were received into
FIRST PART OF THE DUTCH CHAPTER
January 24-27, 2002
The Dutch Province holds its Chapter in two parts. The
first part took place at the Franciscan Sisters Center in Denekamp on
January 24-27, 2002. The General Councillor for Northern and Central Europe
and North America, William J. Harry, O. Carm., presided in the absence of
the Prior General.
This part of the Chapter was focused on faith sharing
moving towards the formation of proposals for the second meeting of the
Chapter. Beside the members of the Chapter, the associated members and
members of the Dutch Third Order also participated in the various
discussions and sharing session.
The liturgical celebrations were solemn and moving. Much of the music was
based on Carmelite texts and composed by professionals on behalf of the
Following the conclusion of the first part of the Chapter, the General
Councilor spent several days traveling to several of the houses and meeting
with the communities, including the nuns in Zenderen.
The second part of the Dutch Chapter will take place May 23-26.
ELECTORAL ASSEMBLY OF BRITISH PROVINCE
February 4-7, 2002
The Prior General, Joseph Chalmers, O. Carm., presided at the electoral
assembly in his own Province. The assembly took place at the ancient
Carmelite monastery in Aylesford, England, on February 4-7, 2002.
Elected during the Assembly were: Antony Lester, O. Carm.,
as Provincial, Patrick O'Keefe, O. Carm., as First Councilor, Richard Copsey,
O. Carm., as Second Councilor, Michael Manning, O. Carm., as Third
Councilor, and Wilfrid McGreal, O. Carm., as Fourth Councilor.
The Province, at the direction of the Chapter Preparatory
Commission, had a serious meetings leading up to the Assembly. Besides the
usual community meetings, members with similar interests or ministries also
met. These reflections and reports were shared during the sessions. Material
for the Chapter will draw from these reflections.
The Provincial Chapter will take place April 2-5, 2002.
The Prior General was accompanied by William J. Harry, O.
Carm., General Councilor for Northern and Central Europe and North America.