The St. Elias Province will be hosting a Vocation Discernment Weekend with the Carmelites Friars November 15, 16 and 17, 2013. The retreat is for men ages 18-30 looking to explore the Carmelite Order, its ministries and spirituality.
Reverend Patrick John McGuigan, O.Carm., a member of the Order of Carmelites of the North American Province of St. Elias, died suddenly on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY. He was 64 years old.
Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O. Carm., Prior Provincial of the Order of Carmelites, St. Elias Province has just returned from Rome, Italy where he served as a Moderator at the 213th General Chapter of the Carmelite Friars from September 2 to 21. Also in attendance were Rev. Paul Denault, O. Carm., as the Second Delegate of the Province, Rev. Emiel Abalahin, O. Carm., who was one of several translators, Rev. Joseph Hung Tran, O. Carm., webmaster for the Order of Carmelites and Rev. Stephan Tuu Le, O. Carm., Regional Vicar for Vietnam, as the First Delegate of the Province.
During the Chapter, the Most Reverend Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., a member of the Betica Province in Spain, was re-elected to the office of Prior General for a period of six years. Very Reverend Christian Körner, O.Carm., a member of the German Province was re-elected for another six years to the office of Vice Prior General. Very Reverend Michael Farrugia, O.Carm., the Prior Provincial of the Maltese Province was elected as the Procurator General of the Order for the next sexennium. Very Reverend Carl Markelz, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Province of Most Pure Heart of Mary was elected as the Bursar General of the Order.
To Most Reverend Father
Fernando Millán Romeral
of the Order of Brothers
of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.
I address you, dear Brothers of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, as you celebrate your General Chapter. At this time of grace and renewal that calls on you to discern the mission of the glorious Order of Carmelites, I would like to offer you a word of encouragement and hope. The ancient charism of Carmel throughout these past eight centuries has been a gift for the whole Church. Your contemplative origins spring from the land of the epiphany of God’s abiding love manifested in the Word made flesh. As you ponder your mission in Carmel today, I would ask you to consider three things that might guide you on your pilgrim way: love as allegiance, as prayer and as mission.
The General Chapter of the Order of Carmelites opened in Il Carmelo in Sassone, Rome, Italy on Tuesday morning, September 3, 2013. 111 Friars from the five continents gathered representing nearly every country where the Carmelite Order has communities and ministers.
The Chapter began with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, led by the Prior General, the Most Reverend Fernando Millan Romeral, O.Carm., and concelebrated by the members of the General Council. The Prior General welcomed all of the capitulars, as well as the guests, secretaries and others present.
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