Joseph Chalmers, O. Carm. Carlo Cicconetti, O. Carm.  |  James Des Lauriers, O. Carm.  |  William J. Harry, O. Carm.  |  Josef Jančář, O. Carm.  | Rafael Leiva, O. Carm.  |  Carlos Mesters, O. Carm.  |  Anthony Scerri, O. Carm.


Joseph Chalmers, O. Carm.
     Prior General

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, on April 5, 1952, and a graduate in law, Fr. Joseph Chalmers entered the Carmelite Order in 1975. He completed his philosophical and theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) with a license in spirituality which won the Papal Gold Medal.

In 1981, a year before finishing his studies, Fr. Joseph was ordained priest in Glasgow by the Cardinal, Archbishop Thomas Winning. Before his election as Prior General of the Order in 1995, Fr. Joseph was Prior Provincial of the British Province of the Assumption.

Fr. Joseph was re-elected Prior General at the 2001 General Chapter of the Order.






Carlo Cicconetti, O. Carm.
     Vice General

Born in Pianella (Pescara), Italy on February 6, 1934, Fr. Carlo was given the baptismal name of Mario. He made his simple vows on October 13, 1951, and his solemn profession on April 25, 1955. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 6, 1958.

Fr. Carlo graduated in Utroque Jure from the Pontifical University of the Lateran with the doctoral thesis on The Rule of Carmel (Rome 1973). He qualified as Advocate of the Rota in 1973. In 1991 he obtained his Licentiate degress in Spiritual Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. His thesis was on the symbolism in the Rule of Carmel.

During his religious life, Fr. Carlo has held many offices: Provincial of the Roman Province (1973-1989), Master of the Professed Students of the Italian Province (1991-1997), and when he was elected to the office of Vice Prior General, he had held the office of Provincial of the Italian Province since 1997.

●  Order Wide Responsibilities

◊ Formation Programs
Study of the Spirituality and Charism of the Order



Anthony Scerri, O. Carm.
     Councilor General for Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Australia

Born in Minia, Egypt on January 1, 1931, Fr. Anthony entered the Carmelite Order in Austalia where his family had immigrated in 1951. He was ordained a priest in 1958.

Fr. Anthony graduated from the University of Melbourne. His early pastoral life was dedicated to the Maltese migrants in Sydney and to education. During the 1970's he went to Indonesia where he lived and worked in North Sumatra. In the meantime he completed several studies in France, the United States, and England.

Before he assumed the office of General Councilor in the 1995 General Chapter, he was the Vice Rector of a Catholic University in Medan, Indonesia.

Order Wide Responsibilities

◊ Evangelization



Carlos Mesters, O. Carm.
     Councilor General for South America

Fr. Carlos was born in the Netherlands on October 20, 1931. In 1949, while he was still a student in the Carmelite minor seminary, he and seven other companions went to Brazil in order to be missionaries. Fr. Carlos entered the Carmelite Order in 1952, studied philosophy in Săo Paulo, Brazil and pursued his theological studies from 1954 to 1963 in Rome at St. Albert's International College and at the University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome. He also did biblical studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and at the École Biblique in Jerusalem.

On his return to Brazil in 1963, he was appointed professor of Scripture at the seminary, a position he held until 1973. From 1973 until 2001 he worked among the Basic Ecclesial Communities, helping the people of God to read and understand the Word of God.

Fr. Carlos is one of the founders of the Centro Ecumenico de Estudos Biblicos. He was the director from 1977 until 1989. Since 1987 he has been a member of the team that started the project Tua Palavra é Vida of the Conference of Religious in Brazil. This project assists in the biblical formation of religious. Since 1987 he has also taken part in INTERCAB, inter-Carmelite meetings in Brazil.

He was elected to his first term on the General Council at the General Chapter in September 2001.

Order Wide Responsibilities

◊ Peace and Justice
◊ Joint Commission on Latin America



Rafael Leiva Sánchez, O. Carm.
     Councilor General for the Mediterranean Region

Fr. Rafael was born in Alcalá de los Gazules (Cádiz), Spain, on November 30, 1942. He entered the Order in 154 and in 1960 took his simple vows. In 1968 he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Telesforo Cioli, O. Carm., in St. Albert's International College, Rome.

After studying philosophy in Osuna (Spain), Fr. Rafael obtained his doctorate in dogmatic theology at the Gregorian University in Rome. Before he was elected to the General Council in 2001, he was Prior Provincial of the Baetica Province in southern Spain.

Order Wide Responsibilities

◊ Carmelite Nuns
◊ Affiliated Congregations and Institutes



William J. Harry, O. Carm.
     Councilor General for Northern & Central Europe & North America

Born in Louisville, Kentucky (USA) on August 31, 1964, Fr. William entered the Carmelite Order in 1976 at Niagara Falls, Ontario (Canada), after completing undergraduate studies in history, education, and philosophy at Marquette University in Wisconsin. He received a baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology with a specialization in Spirituality. In 1996, he received a Doctorate in Ministry degree. His thesis was on the use of effective communication to strengthen religious communities.

After ordination in 1983, Fr. William was a teacher and campus minister at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Arizona (USA) and the principal and then president of Carmel High School in Mundelein, IL (USA) for 10 years.

Before being elected to the General Council at the 2001 General Chapter, Fr. William was the Western Commissary Provincial for the PCM Province of North America. He also was the editor of the news magazine Carmelite Review and coordinated the Province's vocation program.

Order Wide Responsibilities

◊ Communications
◊ Culture (Higher Education, Research, and Patrimony)
◊ NGO Representative to the United Nations



Josef Jančář, O. Carm.
     Procurator General

Fr. Josef was born in Tesov, Archdiocese of Olomouc (Moravia), Czech Republic, on May 22, 1951. He entered the Carmelite Order in secret during the Communist regime while he was pursuing his studies at the interdiocesan seminary in Litomerice.

Fr. Josef did his masters in theology at the Charles University, Prague. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 25, 1977 in Olomouc. Because religious orders were officially suppressed at the time and functioned only in secrecy, Fr. Josef ministered officially as a diocesan preist in various parished in the Archdiocese of Olomouc.

When the Communist regime fell in 1989 and religious life experienced a renewal, Fr. Josef was appointed General Delegate of the Delegation of Bohemia and Moravia. He held this office for six years and in 1997 went to Rome to specialize in Canon Law at the Pontifical University of the Lateran. In 1999 he obtained his Licentiate degree and a diploma in Iurisprudence et Praxis I.V.C.S.V.A. from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life as well as in Praxis Administrativa Canonica from the Congregation for the Clergy.

While serving the Order as Procurator General, he is preparing his doctoral thesis on the theme "Parishes Entrusted to Religious." Before his election to the Council in 2001, Fr. Josef completed the six year term of Fr. Lucio Renna in the same office. In 1999, Fr. Renna was consecrated Bishop of Avezzano, Italy.

Order Wide Responsibilities

◊ Lay Carmelites
ad hoc Committee on Government



James Des Lauriers, O. Carm.
     Bursar General

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Fr. James was raised in Los Angeles, California (USA) where he attended St. Raphael's Carmelite Parish and Mount Carmel High School. A member of the North American Province of St. Elias, he was professed in 1954 and ordained in 1960.

Fr. James is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and Iona College in New York State and Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC. His ministry began in Zimbabwe, Africa. He later served in the St. Elias Province as Formation Director, Director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Director of Development and Prior Provincial.

Before his election to the General Council in September 2001, Fr. James was ministering in the Australian Province.

Order Wide Responsibility

◊ Finances






(with the Discalced Carmelites)




  Secretary General: Kevin Alban, O. Carm.  
  Postulator General: Felip Amenós i Bonet, O. Carm.  
  Prior of the General Curia Community: Carlo Ciconnetti, O. Carm.  
  Sub Prior of the Curia Community: Kevin Alban, O. Carm.  
  Archivist of the Curia: Manuel de Anguiano y Villegas, O. Carm.  
  Librarian of the Curia: Manuel de Anguiano y Villegas, O. Carm.  
  Bursar of the Curia: Pedro Murciano Fuentes, O. Carm.