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Pastoral visit to North-east India

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During his visit to the Province of South Kerala, Fr. Johannes Gorantla, Definitor General for South Asia, has visited the Vicariate of Koltaka, which includes nine Indian states, including those of Western Bengal and Sikkim. For the moment, the Order has established itself in the region with four houses established […]

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Visit to our Communities in Haifa-Mount Carmel

Visit  to  our Communities  in  Haifa-Mount Carmel

His Eminence Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches, paid a recent visit to the Holy Land from the 16th to 21st October. The occasion was in celebration of 800 years of Franciscan presence there.  On 18th October he visited our Stella Maris monastery and our Carmelite […]

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Return of Avignon-Aquitane Carmelites to Lyon

Return  of  Avignon-Aquitane  Carmelites  to  Lyon

Our brethren of the Avignon-Aquitane Province have been in Lyon since 11th September 2017.   In the past, the Order had a foundation there from 1619 to 1792.  Then in 1859, on the advice of the Curé of Ars, Fr. Agustín Maria of theMost Blessed Sacrament (Hermann Cohen) restored the OCD […]

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Extraordinary Definitory, Ariccia (Rome)

Extraordinary Definitory, Ariccia (Rome)

As we have been reporting in detail on our Web page and social media, we held an Extraordinary Definitory in Ariccia, Rome, from August 29th to September 6th in the Pauline family’s “Divin Maestro” retreat house. The Definitory was divided into three parts: first, the Father General reported on the […]

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Discalced Carmelite Extraordinary Definitory: 5th September

Discalced Carmelite Extraordinary Definitory: 5th September

The Extraordinary Definitory’s last day began with Lauds at 7:00 a.m. enlivened in Italian by the group from Central Europe. Participants went into the meeting room immediately after breakfast, where, after a few moments of prayer led by Father Miguel Márquez, Father Agustí Borrell, Vicar General, gave a conference on […]

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Discalced Carmelite Extraordinary Definitory_ 2nd September

Discalced Carmelite Extraordinary Definitory_ 2nd September

This Saturday, in which we commemorate our Mother and Sister, the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel, our workday started with Lauds and the Eucharist enlivened by the French-speaking group. Father Fulgence Rakotondrazanany, Commissary of Madagascar, presided, and Father Paul de Bois, Provincial of Flanders, preached the homily in which he […]

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Discalced Carmelite Extraordinary Definitory_1st September

Discalced Carmelite Extraordinary Definitory_1st September

On this day, liturgical feast of Saint Teresa Margaret Redi of the Sacred Heart, the Italian group took charge of enlivening the Eucharist that began the day. Father Aldino Cazzago, Provincial of Venice and President of the Interprovincial Conference of Italian Discalced Carmelite Major Superiors presided over the celebration. He […]

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Discalced Carmelite Extraordinary Definitory_August 31st

Discalced Carmelite Extraordinary Definitory_August 31st

Today’s liturgy was organized by the group from India. The Eucharist that opened the second day of our Extraordinary Definitory was presided over by Father Johannes Gorantla, General Definitor, specially in charge of South Asia. The morning was entirely dedicated to the process of rereading the Constitutions, an undertaking begun […]

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Discalced Carmelite Extraordinary Definitory_30th August

The day began with the Eucharist prepared by the group from Latin America and the Caribbean and presided over by the Vicar General of the Order, Father Agustí Borrell. It marked the beginning of the Extraordinary Definitory of the Discalced Carmelites that will be celebrated in the “Casa Divin Maestro” […]

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Meeting of the new Indian Provincials

Meeting of the new Indian Provincials

At Trivandrum on the 1st July, 2017, and in the presence of the Definitor, Fr Johannes, the seven Indian Provincials had their first meeting of the triennium. They discussed programs organized in collaboration with all the provinces: a second novitiate, a meeting of the theology students, a meeting of young […]

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Gift of books to the Bangui Library (Central African Republic)

Gift of books to the Bangui Library (Central African Republic)

By means of the Secretariat for Missionary Cooperation, Fr General, together with his Definitory, decided to respond to the request made by the Bangui Discalced Carmelite student house for a gift of a collection of books which would contribute to enriching the Carmelite and theological formation of our religious who […]

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New Cardinal in the Teresian Carmel

New Cardinal in the Teresian Carmel

On the 21st of May last, during the message which accompanies the recital of the Regina Coeli in St Peter’s square, Pope Francis announced the celebration of a Consistory on the 28th of June for the appointment of five new Cardinals, among whom was Mons. Lars Anders Arbolelius, ocd, who […]

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