The newly re-elected Prior General of the Carmelites of the Ancient Observance, Rev. Fr. Fernando Millan y Romeral. The Lay Carmelites of the Philippines extends their prayers and wishes to the new prior general of the Order as he serves for another six year term.
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MANILA, July 17, 2013— The General Council of the Carmelite Fathers, raised its General Commissariat in the Philippines into a Province of the Order July 16, electing Fr. Christian Buenafe as Prior Provincial.
The Council was convinced that the General Commissariat had grown a lot since its erection in 1958 in terms of the number of members, the variety of apostolic tasks, and the possibilities for economic self-sufficiency.
Under the patronage of Blessed Titus Brandsma, the new province was canonically erected during a Mass presided over by Carmelite Vice Prior General Christian Körner at the Cubao Cathedral in Quezon City.
The decree for the canonical erection was issued by Carmelite Prior General Fr. Fernando Millan Romeral and was read by Fr. Albertus Herwanta, O. Carm., during the liturgical celebration.
Other leaders, who have been appointed to hold office until the first provincial chapter in February 2014, were Fathers Rico Ponce, First Councilor; Roberto Noel Rosas, Second Councilor; Gilbert Sabado, Third Councilor; and Eduardo Albino, Fourth Councilor.
Concelebrants of the Mass include Fr. Ben Wolbers, Prior Provincial of the Province of the Netherlands; Fr. Eef van Vilsteren, Third Councilor of the Province of the Netherlands; Fr. Mario Esposito, Prior Provincial of the Province of the USA; and former Counselor for Asia-Oceania, Fr. Anthony Scerri.
Among those who witnessed the celebration were Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco, and the retired Carmelite Bishop of the Prelature of Infanta, Bishop Julio Labayen. (CBCPNews)
The Lay Carmelite Community of St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi located at the Prish of the Holy Spirit in Alido Subdivision celebrated the Solemn Commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel by holding a Triduum on July 13 -15.
On the day of the feast, Holy Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Virgilio Ramos. After the Mass, imposition of the Brown Scapular and the veneration of the relics of the Carmelite Saints and Blesseds were held.
On June 21 - 23, the thematic retreat on "Seasons of the Heart" was successful. It was attended by the different communities in NCR, Bulacan and Tarlac. The retreat was facilitated by the National Formation Team with the spiritual assistance of the Don Bosco priests of the Tabor Retreat House.
May 17 - 19: Journey to Carith
June 14 - 16: Interior Castle 1 - 3
June 21 - 23: Seasons of the Heart
September 6 - 8: Journey to Carith
September 27 - 29: Interior Castle 1 - 3
October 4 - 6: Interior Castle 1 - 3
October 18 - 20: Four Degrees of Prayer
November 15 - 17: Interor Castle 1 - 3
November 22 - 24: Interior Castle 1 - 3
December 6 - 8: National Council Retreat
Carmelites of the Philippines had initiated a Carmelite Spirituality Forum early
last year in conjunction with the Year of Faith. The forum has already finished
the 1st Quarter of its series of topics and it was well received and
attended by Third Order members of the different communities in the National
Capital Region and the outlying provinces near it.
Speakers of the forum include the
Provincial Delegate, the National Formation Team, and diocesan priests who are
members of the Third Order of Carmel. The forum’s theme is “Lay Carmelites: One
Vocation, One Mission, One Order, One Hope of Sanctification” and it aims to
strengthen the formation program of the TOC. The following are the topics
covered in the forum:
Quarter: Carmelite Rule
January 19: In Allegiance to
February 09: The Rule of St. Albert
March 09: Carmelite
Spirituality and Charism
April 13: Community and
Clothed with Carmel's
May 11:Carmel's Call to Service
June 08: Commitment in Carmel
Quarter: Carmelite Models
July 13: Mary
August 10: Elijah
September 14: The Carmelite
Family and the Communion of Saints
Quarter: Spirituality of the Carmelite Saints
October 12: Spirituality of St.
Therese of the Child Jesus
November 09: Spirituality of
St. Teresa of Avila
and Spirituality of St. Teresa Margaret Redi
December 14: Spirituality of St. John of the Cross and
Spirituality of Blessed Titus Brandsma