no. 4 october - december 2003
Province of Upper Germany (GerS)
The Chapter of the Province of Upper Germany (GerS, India, Parani) was celebrated June 9 - June 14, under the presidency of the Prior General, Joseph Chalmers, and with the assistance of Councilor for the North America, William J. Harry.
Province of Indonesia (Indo)
The Chapter of the Indonesian Province celebrated in July, under the presidency of the Prior General, Joseph Chalmers, elected the following leaders:
The Province has 143 solemnly professed, 100 simply professed, 39 novices, and 15 postulants.
Monastery of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Blessed Titus Brandsma - Córdoba, Spain
The Elective Chapter of the Monastery of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Blessed Titus Brandsma in Córdoba, Spain, was held on August 5, 2003. The following were elected:
The election was presided over by the Diocesan Vicar General for Consecrated Life, D. Pedro Gómez.
Monastery of the Most Holy Incarnation - Antequera (Malaga), Spain
On September 1, 2003 the Carmelite monastery of the Most Holy Incarnation in Antequera, Spain, celebrated its elective chapter. The Rev. Francisco Parrilla, the Vicas for Religious in the Diocese of Malaga, presided.
The Carmelite nuns of Cerreto di Sorano (Grosseto), which began 11 years ago with four nuns from the monastery in Carpiento Romano, has grown. Currently there are seven solemnly professed nuns, two novices, and one postulant. The Elective Chapter was held on October 1, 2003.
Monastery of the Incarnation - Barcelona, Spain
On October 21, 2003, the Elective Chapter of the Monastery of the Incarnation was held in Barcelona, Spain. The Rev. José Antón Arenas, the Episcopal Delegate for Religious Life, presided.
The following were elected:
The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite monastery of Cañete la Real (Málaga) in Spain was held on October 3-4, 2003.
The following were elected:
Monastery "Mater Carmeli" - Paranavaí, Brazil
The Chapter took place on October 10, 2003 in presence of the Commissary Provincial P. Edmilson Borges de Carvalho.
Fr. Desiré Unen Alimange, member of the Italian Province and Congolese, was elected Commissary Provincial of the Congo on Septemeber 15, 2003.
Fr. Desiré replaces Fr. Jean Marie d’Undji Bagave who was Commissary for six years.
During the recently held Assembly of the Philippine Commissariat, Antonio De la Cruz, O. Carm., was re-elected as the Commissary Provincial.
Elected to the Commissariat Council were Christian Buenafe, O. Carm., Noel Rosas, O. Carm., and Rey Caigoy, O. Carm. The representative of Lay Associates will be Carlito Ranoco and the representative of the student friars will be Alaindelon Balasabas, O. Carm.
XII General Chapter of the Suore Carmelitane Missionarie di S. Teresa del Bambino Gesù
One August 5, 2003, those participating in the XII General Chapter with the theme "Community and Leadership at the Service of the Mission" gathered.
The members arrived from throughout Italy, Malta, Brazil, Canada, Tanzania, the Philippines, and Romania at the motherhouse in Santa Marinella. On August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, the chapter members began three days of reflection and prayer in preparation for the celebration of the chapter.
August 9th was set aside as for sharing entitled "Journey of Fraternity to Know Ourselves Better."
In the afternoon of August 10, the Eucharistic celebration, with a solemn invocation of the Holy Spirit, began the Chapter. At the conclusion, the whole assembly went in procession, with the icon of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, into the chapter hall where, after singing Veni Creator, the Superior General, Mother M. Beatrice Minieri, declared the Chapter open.
The next day, the Superior General presented her detailed report on the discipline, spiritual and apostolic situation of the Congregation. In the afternoon, Sr. Luisa Giannone reported on the financial status of the Congregation. Reports on the various sectors, formation, mission and charism were also given.
The members of the General Government are Sr. M. Tarcisia Carbone, Superior General; Sr. M. Elizabeth Ribeiro, 1st Councilor and Vicar General; Sr. M. Gloria Conti, 2nd Councilor; Sr. M. Josè De Oliveira, 3rd Councilor; Sr. Annamaria Amadori, 4th Councilor.
The Congregation was begun in 1925 and affiliated to the Carmelite Order 13 days later. According to the 2001 Status Ordinis, the Congregation has 44 houses, 282 sisters, and 26 novices.
Website of the Congregation: www.carmelmissmarinella.it