no. 1 january - march 2003
CELEBRATIONS OF CUM NULLA CONTINUE WORLDWIDE
On November 5, the feast of Blessed Francesca d’Amboise, the General Council joined with the Carmelite nuns at the monastery in Vetralla and symbolically with the nuns throughout the world, to celebrate the birth of the Second Order of Carmel. Present were the Prior General, Joseph Chalmers, and the members of the General Council, and members of various monasteries throughout Italy, including Ravenna, Sogliano, Jesi, Cerreto, Sutri, Carpineto and Fisciano. Also joining the celebration were Sr. Paola Moschetti and the hermits of Monteluro.
The day began with a solemn Eucharistic concelebration. In the Prior General’s homily, he spoke of the authentic meeting of contemplation as union with God and the main focus of Carmelite life as the search for the divine face. He spoke of the periods of spiritual dryness that are necessary moment of growth and that have no other purpose than leading to total conformity to Jesus Christ to whom all Carmelites are consecrated and to whom we follow.
After a meal, the group joined together for a conversation at which various members spoke about the passion that animates the continual discovery of our inexhaustible charisma.
The meeting concluded with a brief artistic presentation organized by the younger members of the communities: a Marian dance in the Eastern style and a song with the words from the Prior General’s letter “In the Land of Carmel” which was written for the anniversary.
A month later, the General Council joined with the Carmelite laity on December 7 at the Basilica of San Martino ai Monti in Rome. Many people from the various congregations, institutes, confraternities and Third Order communities came together for a Eucharistic celebration. This was followed by a reception in the refectory of the Carmelite residence.
The Carmelite nuns of the monastery of Our Lady of Maravillas and St. Joseph in the Philippines celebrated the anniversary on October 6. All the parishes of the diocese were sent invitations as well as a copy of the papal letter and excerpts from the Prior General’s letter.
Fr. Paul Medina, O. Carm., led the Eucharistic celebration. Various Carmelite groups participated in the Dumaguete and Sibulan chapters of the Third Order, the Carmelite Perpetual Dawn Rosary Group, the Carmelite Lectors, and the Carmel Youth Group, the Carmelite nuns, and members of the Carmelite Sisters of Our Lady and the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
An open forum followed a talk by Fr. Medina which was followed by a film on St. Teresa of Jesus.
As part of the XVIII Course of On-Going Formation, the Carmelite nuns of the Monastery of the Encarnation in Zaragoza, Spain focused on the papal bull “Cum Nulla.” Bishop Felipe Iannone, O. Carm., Auxiliary Bishop of Naples, Italy gave a course September 9-13, 2002.
A Eucharist was also celebrated, dedicated to the anniversary.
The Carmelite Nuns and the Third Order celebrated the anniversary, “this great event” at the Basilica of Our Lady Aparecida, in Aparecida do Norte, Sao Paulo, from 8 AM until 12 AM, on November 3, 2002.
CELEBRATION IN CARPINETO ROMANO
Also participating were the choral group “Domenico Stella” of Carpineto Romano, the “Cantori di Roma,” and the members of the Carmelite community. The new bishop of the Diocese of Anagni-Alatri, Bishop Lorenzo Loppa, spoke as did the Mayor of Carpineto Romano, and the prioress of the Carmelite community.
As a way of celebrating the 550th Anniversary of the Bull "Cum Nulla," the University of Notre Dame, located in Notre Dame, Indiana, will offer a graduate summer school course on "Carmelite Women Mystics." The course will explore the teachings of Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Elizabeth of the Trinity, Edith Stein and Jessica Powers.
The course will take place July 7-25, 2003. The instructor is Keith J. Egan, T. O. Carm.
For further information, contact the Theology Department, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. Phone 574-631-7811. Website for the Notre Dame Summer Programs