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.
Also elected were the General Councilors for the various areas of the world.
- For the General Area of Africa, Very Rev. Conrad Mutizamhepo, O.Carm. of Zimbabwe (HIB)
- For the General Area of the Americas, Very Rev. Raúl Maraví Cabrera, O.Carm. of Peru (PCM)
- For the General Area of Asia-Australia-Oceania, Very Rev. Benny Phang Kong Wing, O.Carm. of Indonesia
- For the General Area of Europe, Very Rev. John Keating, O.Carm. of Ireland.
Fathers Raúl Maraví and John Keating were elected to a second term on the Council while Fathers Conrad and Benny begin their service to the Order in this special way.
These friars join together in the duty of promoting the contemplative Carmelite life of prayer, community and service throughout the world. The entire Order asks that the protection and prayers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will support them in their tasks for the next six years.