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89° Capitulum Generale Ordinis Carmelitarum Discalceatorum
Avila 28th April 18th May 2003
Information * N. 06
P. Luis Aróstegui Gamboa
Fr. Luis Arostegui Gamboa of St. Therese was born in Gatica (Viscaya, Spain) on 21 January 1939. He did high school studies in schools of the Order in Amorebieta (Viscaya) and Villafranca (Navarra). He made profession of his vows as a Discalced Carmelite in Larrea (Viscaya) on 15 July 1956. After completing studies in philosophy in Vitoria, he went to study theology in Rome at the Theological Faculty of St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross. While studying there he was ordained to the presbyterate on 5 April 1964; then went on to obtain the degree of Licentiate in Theology.
His first conventuality was in Panama, but he left there in December 1965 to help in a parish of Dallas, Texas, working with Mexican immigrants. (He told the translator that he spent 10 months in all doing this service in the U.S.) Upon returning to Panama he taught courses of History of Religions and Christology for three semesters at Saint Mary´s Catholic University.
In October 1967 he began studies at the Philosophy/Literature School of the Sacred Heart University in Milan. While he drafted his doctoral dissertation he resided in Austria, near Vienna. There he served as a chaplain in a residence for elderly persons and deepened his knowledge of German. He published poetry in 1969 in a volume titled “Unfinished Poems.” He returned to Milan in November of 1971 and defended his thesis on “Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Christian Ethics as a Critique of All Ethics” in fulfillment of his Doctorate in Philosophy.
He became a member of the community of Monte Carlo from January to October 1972. The next year he went to the monastery of Pamplona to be a member of the formation team of the theology students, and taught philosophy at the diocesan Theology Center.
In the Provincial Chapter of 1975 he was elected Superior of the Amorebieta house and continued on for a second triennium, giving courses for those pursuing the bachelor’s degree. Thereafter he served as a Provincial Councilor for two terms from 1981 to 1987. He wrote articles about theology for journals like “El Monte Carmelo” (Burgos) and “Revista de Espiritualidad” (Madrid). He also wrote articles in the Basque language, especially for “Karmel” magazine.
In the 1987 Provincial Chapter he was elected Provincial (Province of St. Joachim of Navarre), then he was re-elected to another term in 1990. His duties led him to visit several countries of Latin America: Panama, Guatemala, Peru and Chile where many monasteries were under his jurisdiction. Between 1996 and 1999 he served as Provincial for a third term.
After he left the provincialate he became Director of the Spirituality Center of Larrea—Amorebieta (Viscaya). He has also been appointed by the Holy See to serve as Assistant to the Association “Saint Joachim of Navarre” of the Carmelite Nuns.
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