Sunday, March 05, 2017

Prayer for the 2nd TOC Provincial Convention

The “Prayer for the Provincial Convention” is to be prayed after the intercessions at the Liturgy of the Hours. The prayer was adapted from “Prayer for the Year of the Parish”.


Loving God, you gather us as a people of the new covenant sealed with the blood of your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  You formed us into a community of faith, hope and love; a priestly, prophetic and kingly people. 

Humbly we ask you, make our Order of Carmel truly a communion of communities; a worshiping community, a witnessing and an evangelizing community, and a servant community. 

Guide our prior provincial, provincial delegate and lay leaders, and all those who labor for the Order, with your wisdom and love. 

Bless all the Tertiaries who compose the Third Order and the local communities, as they offer their time, talents and treasures as stewards of the graces you gifted us, for the building up of your Church. 

May the Holy Spirit enlighten, inspire and invigorate us to actively participate in the mission you entrusted to us in the Order of Carmel. May we continue to be a discerning community, reading the signs of the times and interpreting them in the light of the Gospel. 

May we truly become the leaven in society by penetrating all its strata with the Gospel and restoring its order according to the values of the Kingdom. 

And may the spirit of collaboration and co-responsibility bring us into a fuller and fruitful communion with you and with one another. 

We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen. 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.
St. Elijah, pray for us.
St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, pray for us
St. George Preca, pray for us
Blessed Titus Brandsma, pray for us
Blessed Josefa Naval Girbes, pray for us


Mapagmahal na Diyos, tinipon Mo kami bilang sambayanan ng bagong tipan na tinubos ng dugo ng iyong mahal na Anak, ang aming Panginoong Hesukristo. Binuo mo kami bilang sambayanan ng pananampalataya, pag-asa at pag-ibig; isang sambayanan na naglilingkod bilang pari, propeta at hari. 

Buong pagpapakumbabang sumasamo kami, gawin Mong ang aming Orden ng Karmelo ay tunay na pinagka-isang sambayanan; isang Sambayanang sumasamba, nagpapatotoo, at nagpapahayag, at isang Sambayanang  naglilingkod.   

Gabayan Mo ng iyong karunungan at pag-ibig ang aming prior provincial, provincial delegate at mga laykong lingkod at lahat ng gumaganap sa Orden. 

Bendisyunan mo ang lahat ng laikong Karmelita na bumubuo sa Orden Tercera at local na komunidad na nag-aalay ng kanilang panahon, talino at yaman bilang tagapamahala ng mga biyayang ibinigay Mo sa amin sa pagbuo namin ng iyong Simbahan. 

Nawa ay liwanagan, pag-alabin at pasiglahin kami ng Banal na Espiritu upang aktibong makilahok sa misyon na ipinagkatiwala  mo sa amin sa Orden. Nawa ay patuloy kaming maging maalam na pamayanan, nakikita ang tanda ng panahon at binibigyan kahulugan ito sa liwanag ng Ebanghelyo. 

Maging tunay nawa kaming lebadura ng lipunan sa pamamagitan ng pagpapahayag ng Ebanghelyo sa lahat ng antas ng lipunan at pagpapanumbalik ng kaayusan alinsunod  sa kahalagahan ng Kaharian mo. At nawa ang diwa ng pakikipag-ugnayan at pagiging kabalikat sa pananagutan ay maghatid sa amin sa isang ganap at mabungang pakikipagka-isa sa Iyo at sa bawat isa. 

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Kristong aming Panginoon. Amen

Mahal na Birhen ng Karmelo, ipanalangin mo kami
San Elias, ipanalangin mo kami
Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzi, ipanalangin mo kami
San George Preca, ipanalangin mo kami
Beato Tito Brandsma, ipanalangin mo kami
Beata Josefa Naval Girbes, ipanalangin mo kami

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Updates from the Third Order


The Flos Carmeli House of Prayer, the first TOC property in the Philippines, has its ownership been officially transferred after securing the property title from the Land Registration Authority. The Order is forever grateful to its previous owners, Rene and Beatrice Benitez, for giving the property.

Also, on January 17, the rites of simple profession were held at the Dipolog Cathedral for the members of the St. Teresa of Jesus Community. The next day, the community joined the Sinulog fiesta in honor of the Divine Infant Jesus celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January.


For the month of February, there are various activities attended by the National Council of the Third Order. On Feb. 6, the Training for Formators was started. This is in preparation for the modules of formation that was laid down by the National Council after having its final revision. This is to equip the formators in transmitting the required formation to the members. On February 8, rites of novitiate, simple and solemn profession was given for the members of the Mater Carmeli TOC Community in Sta. Ignacia, Tarlac. On February 19 -22, the Training for Formators for the Bicol Region was given and the rites of admission to the Order and profession was given to the community at the parish of Our Lady of the Assumption in Guinobatan, Albay. On February 26 – 28, the National Council held its annual retreat guided by the provincial delegate, Fr. Baltazar Ronato, O.Carm. 

MARCH 2016 

On the feast of St. Joseph, the rites for novitiate, simple profession and solemn profession was administered to the members of the different TOC communities in the Region of St. Joseph. Rev. Fr. Rey Rivera, parish priest of St. Ildephonse Parish, Guiguinto, was also received as a novice on that day. 
On March 28, the seminary TOC community at the Immaculate Conception Seminary, Guiguinto, Bulacan made their renewal of promises at the Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Family. The rites were administered by the spiritual assistants of the communities. 
MAY 2016 

On May 14, the rite of solemn profession was administered by Rev. Fr. Baltazar Ronato, OCarm, provincial delegate, to the various TOC communities of the Region of St. Joseph. This was held at the Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Family in Guiguinto, Philippines. After the rites, a small agape was held at the formation center of the monastery. 

On the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, an isolate TOC, a seminarian from the Diocese of San Fernando, La Union was received as a novice in the Third Order. Sem. Carlo Emil Boado came all the way from La Union to the Flos Carmeli House of Prayer to receive the rites. He was received in the Order by Rev. Fr. Baltazar Ronato, O.Carm.


Sunday, May 01, 2016

Plenary Indulgence on the 450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

On account of the 450th anniversary of the birth of St. Mary Magdalen de’Pazzi, the Apostolic Penitentiary has granted that all Carmelite monasteries be places where people may obtain a plenary indulgence throughout this year, beginning on the 2nd of April, 2016 and ending on the 25th of May, 2017. The same applies to churches and chapels dedicated to her.
On the 2nd of April, the date of her birth in 1566, there will be a solemn opening of the centenary year in the monastery of Careggi (Florence, Italy) where her body is venerated.

TOC Rites at St. John Paul II TOC Community - UST Central Seminary

On April 28, Rev. Fr. Reynaldo Reyes from the Diocese of Pasig was accepted as a novice to the TOC by the Prior Provincial, Rev. Fr. Christian Buenafe, OCarm. Also, Sem. Kervin Roldan, TOCarm made his simple profession on the same day.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Rites of Profession, Acceptance to Novitiate, and Acceptance of Aspirants in the Carmelite Third Order (Region of St. Elijah, NCR)

On the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, August 22, amidst the heavy rains of Habagat, the TOC Region of St. Elijah held their profession and acceptance rites at the Parish of the Holy Family, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City. The rites was administered by the Provincial Delegate, Rev. Fr. Baltazar Ronato, OCarm.

Congratulations to the newly professed members and novices of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel TOCC, Project 6, to the new novice of St. Teresa Margaret Redi TOCC, Makati, to the aspirants of the Mater Décor Carmeli TOCC, Pasig and to the aspirant Sem. Carlo Emil Boado of Agoo, La Union.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Congratulations to the Newly Ordained Priest Members of the TOC (Archdiocese of Cebu)

We praise and thank God for the gift of vocation and the gift of Priesthood to our brothers, Rev. Fr. Fran D. Villegas, T.O. Carm. and Rev. Fr. Zenon Guanzon, T.O. Carm. newly ordained Priests of the Archdiocese of Cebu. Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Establishment of St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi TOC Community - Dapitan City

Members of the newly established Dapitan Community with the Provincial Delegate and National Prior
After visiting the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel situated at the Parish of St. James, Dapitan City, the group decided to join in the Third Order of Carmel. The new community is under the patronage of St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi whose 450th Birth Centenary is being celebrated (2015-2016).

The following are the appointed local council of the community:
Prioress: Sis. Putli Hamoy
1st Councilor: Sis. Germelina Obordo
Formator: Sis. Mercedes Duyaguit
Secretary: Sis. Eva Luna Recamara
Treasurer: Sis. Cristita Quienes

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

2014 - 2017 TOC National Council

From May 1 - 4, 2014, the entire TOC Philippines attended the 1st TOC Provincial Convention at the Claret Retreat House, Cenacle Drive, Sanville Subdivision, Quezon City. A total of 98 TOC attended the convention with 80 official delegates who can vote the new National Council.

One of the highlights of the convention is the amendment of the local statutes to effect the necessary changes since the Order of Carmel in the Philippines was raised to a Province.

The new council to serve the TOC in this triennium are:
National Prior: Ruel Santos, TOCarm
Provincial Councilor (Region of St. Teresa of Avila): Benjamin Syguan, TOCarm
Provincial Councilor (Region of St. Joseph): Apolinario Gregorio, TOCarm
Provincial Councilor (Region of St. Elijah): Jose Generoso III, TOCarm
Provincial Councilor (Region of St. Therese of the Child Jesus): Sonia Rosario, TOCarm
Provincial Councilor (Region of St. Albert of Trapani): Gelacia Lagrito, TOCarm
Provincial Councilor (Region of St. Simon Stock): Rosalinda Moreno, TOCarm

Photos of the convention can be found at the Facebook Page of the Third Order.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Canonical Foundation: St. Teresa Margaret Redi TOC Community, National Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Makati

On January 25, 2013, the Lay Carmelite Community of St. Teresa Margaret Redi was canonically established at the National Shrine of the Sacred Heart, San Antonio Village, Makati City. The Rite of Canonical Establishment was presided by Rev. Fr. Toto Jaranilla, OCarm. , former TOC National Spiritual Director, and together with the Rev. Fr. Victor Apacible, present rector of the shrine, and Msgr. Clem Ignacio, TOC, former shrine rector and parish priest of Quiapo Church.

Rites of Temporary and Final Profession was also celebrated on the said date. The celebration was attended by the communities of Sta. Ana, Tondo, and Makati which comprises the Province of St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi.

Concelebrated Mass: Fr. Vic (L), Fr. Toto (M), and Msgr. Clem (R)

Reading of the Canonical Decree of Establishment

TOC members of Sta. Ana

During the Mass

View from the Choir Loft