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Communicationes N. 46
REMEMBRANCE OF FR. JACQUES DE JESUS (PERE JACQUES) MARTYR OF
We recall the 60th anniversary of P. Jacques of
Jesus, (2nd June), who died as a result of his
internment in Mauthausen concentration camp, in Austria.
Lucien Bunel (1900-1945), was born in Paris. He took the
Religious name Pere Jacques. He was the head-teacher
of our college in Avon (south of Paris), where he took in
three Jewish boys during the war. This was the reason
why he was condemned to the Nazi concentration camps. The
famous french film director, Louis Malle, made a film out of
these events, entitled
revoir, les enfants!@
There were several ceremonies to mark the anniversary of
this Carmelite, teacher, soldier, who strongly resisted the
forces of evil, was deported and martyred for love. In
Luxembourg Carmel, where Sr. Christiane Meres has just
published a biography of Fr. Jacques, there was a get
together, an exhibition of photos, and a testimony from one
of Fr. Jacque=s
old pupils, finishing with a prayer and a toast in his
There was a conference in our Avon Priory, from 3rd
- 5th June. The central theme was:
of the Spirit, yesterday and today@.
Mgr. Jean Sleiman, ocd, Latin Archbishop of Baghdad presided
at the concluding Eucharistic celebration.
BLESSING OF THE CARMELITE PRIORY IN LISIEUX
The Priory was founded in 1998, and work was carried out to
give it a capacity for ten people. The blessing of the new
building took place on 21st May. Together
with the Bishop of Bayeux-Lisieux, Pierre Pican,
was Bishop Guy Gaucher, ocd, his
auxiliary, and our Fr. General, together with Fr. Robert
Paul, Definitor for France, the Paris Provincial, and other
Provincials and Friars. There was talk in the air of
the desire to create there an Institute for Studies on
The following day, Sunday 22nd, there was a
Meeting of the Carmelite family in France. It began with a
Eucharist presided by Fr. General in the Carmelite chapel.
Also participating were members of the Secular Institute
Notre Dame de Vie, Apostolic Carmelite Sisters of St
Joseph, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Congregation, and
representatives from the Secular Carmel...
NEWS OF A GENERAL POSTULATION
Bro. Isidore of the Nativity (1696-1769)
The closing session of the Ordinary Historical Inquiry into
the life, virtues and reputation of holiness and miracles of
Bro. Isidore of the Nativity (Giacomo Antonio Sciutto),
1696-1769, Discalced Carmelite was held in the Rome Diocesan
Tribunal, on June 21. He founded the Congregation of
Teresian Carmelites. He was professed as a Brother in
1723 and was given the task of collecting alms from the
people. Seeing so much poverty he had an idea to help
educate the poor, and gathered
together well-disposed young people, teaching them about
Teresian spirituality, and with them he opened no less than
18 schools in the territories belonging to the Vatican
States. His spiritual daughters have never forgotten his
holiness and in 1997 managed to open a Process of
Beatification and Canonization.
The Venerable John of Palafox and Mendoza (1600-1659)
On June 24, 2005, the 405th anniversary of the
birth of Ven. John of Palafox and Mendoza, the Diocesan
Inquiry on the continuation of the reputation for
Holiness and Miracles prepared in the Mexican Diocese of
Puebla de los Angeles, was presented to the Congregation for
Causes of the Saints (Vatican). The Diocese petitioned
the Congregation, following the Inquiry similarly carried
out in Osma, Spain, in 2003. This cause is being by
processed by Fr. Ildefonso Moriones, the Postulator of our
James McCaffrey, ocd.
A Biblical Reading of the Carmelite
Saints. Dublin, Veritas
Publications, 2005. 213 p.
The author in this book presents a compelling argument for
the relevance of Carmelite spirituality and its scriptural
basis. Focusing on five key figures he shows us how
Carmelite spirituality, based on experience not theory, can
lead to a fuller understanding of God=s
love for all. Captive Flames, with its
thought-provoking account of the influence of Mary, Mother
of Carmel, on these five outstanding saints, offers
essential insights and fresh observations for both the
Carmelite scholar and the lay-reader alike.
CHRISTIANE MERES, OCD.
Petite vie du Père Jacques de Jésus, Lucien Bunel.
Paris, Desclée de Brouwer, 2005. pp.
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