no. 3 july - september 2003
Congress on the Consecrated Life
The Prior General, Fr. Joseph Chalmers, has been invited to participate in a Congress on Consecrated Life to be held in Rome in November of 2004. The title of the Congress is, "With a Passion for Christ and Compassion for Humanity." The invited members are some Superiors General, Presidents of National and Continental Conferences of Men and Women Religious, some theologians, directors of journals and centers of reflection on the Consecrated Life and representatives from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life. It is hoped that this meeting will help consecrated persons to discern what God is saying in the new situations that the world presents us with.
Indonesian Hermitage Welcomes Carmelites
Sedaeng, a quiet village on the slopes of Mount Bromo in East Java, was chosen by the Indonesian Province as the place for a hermitage. Fr. Heribertus Heru Purwanto, O. Carm., Provincial at the time, inaugurated and blessed the hermitage on 27 March 2003.
The hermitage consists of seven simple, timber hermitages and at present there are two hermits living there, Fr. Cyprianus Verbeek, O. Carm. and Br. Vincentius Parsi, O. Carm. It is hope that other Carmelites will join them for short or longer periods.
Formation Courses of the "Mater et Decor Carmeli" Federation
A formation course for nuns in the Mater et Decor Carmeli Federation of Carmelite monasteries in Spain was held from April 27-June 28. The theme of the nine week course was "The Life of God in Humanity" and provided a number of mini courses in a variety of theological areas.
The program opened on April 27th with a Eucharist celebrated by José Ramírez Román, the Prior Provincial of the Baetica Province. The courses taught were: History of the Order: The Nuns of Andalucia (2 parts) and Decadence and Reform; Moral Theology: The Commandments; The Liturgical Year: Ministries of Liturgical Celebration; Sacred Scripture: Introduction to the New Testament and the Letters of St. John and the Book of Revelations; Dogmatic: Grace and Virtue; Carmelite Models.
There will also be two permanent formation courses in 2003 for the members of the Federation. The course for the communities will focus on the Carmelite charism lived by the Carmelite nuns in light of the Prior General’s letter "Into the Land of Carmel," issued on the occasion of the 550th anniversary of the papal bull "Cum Nulla."
A course on the October 6-11, 2003 will focus on the May 19, 2002 instruction from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life entitled "Starting Afresh from Christ." It will be lead by Fr. Eleuterio López, C.M.F.