THE GENERAL DELEGATION OF ISRAEL AND EGYPT
Fr. Cyril Makker (Egypt) has been officially installed as
the Parish Priest of our Haifa Parish, the >Latin Parish=,
on 25th November.
Our brother Carmelite Nilo Geagea (Lebanon, of the Roman
Province) celebrated his 80th anniversary of
profession in our Haifa monastery (Stella Maris).
Frs. Arnaldo Pigna; Provincial of Rome, and Rocca Visca flew
in for the celebrations. In all two hundred people
were there. The Patriarch of Jerusalem presided at the
Eucharist together with his auxiliary Bishops.
Last August, in our parish in Haifa, we celebrated the
golden jubilee of the Patriarch, Michel Sabbah and his
auxiliary, Mgr. Bathish.
The AStella Maris@ Project: the District Council has
accepted the Project and is now formerly asking the views of
the public for a fixed period of sixty days.
Confirmation from the District Council ought to follow.
Having received the agreement from the Commission for Art
and Architecture, our old Parish Church in Haifa can now be
restored. This Church is presently being used for
worship by Jewish converts to Christianity.
Fr.Flavio, the Delegate and his Council opened our Priory,
Me=ady, in Cairo on the 28th November, which will
be the formation house. Frs. Antony, Elias (Lebanon)
and Albert (Mexico) make up the community.
An echo from the Extraordinary Definitory in Santiago,
The renovated house is ready to receive members of the Order
who would like to join an international community as desired
by the Extraordinary Definitory in Lisieux and recalled by
Fr. General in Chile. Provincials and Superiors who
may be interested should first contact the Provincial of the
Paris Province. We trust in St. Therese of the Child
Jesus to bring about such a community. Other news: the
2005 de Lubac Prize was awarded to Mrs. Baiba Brudere on 25th
November in Rome, for her thesis: Le sacerdoce commun
chez Thérèse of Lisieux, directed by Fr. Francois Marie
Lethel ocd from the Teresianum (http://www.zenit.org/french/
: cf. 28th November 2005).
The year of AElizabeth@, will run from the Feast of the
Trinity >06 to >07 (11th June 2006-3rd June
2007), several events have already been planned. The
diocesan opening of the Year in Dijon will take place on 11th
June, presided by the local Archbishop, Mgr. Roand Minnerath.
Then the Carmelite opening will be on 17th-18th June, with a
Eucharistic celebration with Mgr. John Sleiman, Archbishop
of Bagdad, presiding, together with Fr. Luis Arostegui, our
Fr. General. Several talks are planned: Dijon, Paris,
Venasque (11th-12th November 2006, organized by the
Institute of St. John of the Cross, from the Avignon-Aquitaine
Province - firstname.lastname@example.org
in collaboration with the Institute of Notre Dame de Vie).
We shall keep you informed. We recall the words of Fr.
General in Chile, that everyone can organize a celebration
A...with the goal of spreading and sharing the life and
spiritual doctrine of Blessed Elizabeth@. The official
websites are: http://elisabeth-dijon.org
You will find in the latter the famous prayer of Elizabeth
in 29 languages.
Fr. General informed us in Chile that we now have postulants
in Bagdad. A Novitiate was officially opened there on the 15th
October and that 4 candidates are now in formation.
The situation continues to be tense and
insecure on many levels (thefts, murders, kidnaps,
suicide bombers...) Certain areas are full of Sunni
Muslims who have chased out Shiites and others... The
Christians of Iraq are preparing for Christmas and the visit
of Fr. General and Fr. Robert Paul, one of the Definitors,
to Bagdad last Christmas is still very fresh in their
memories. Mgr. Sleiman, the Christian community, our brother
Carmelites and the Iraqi people in general really deserve
our support and prayers.
THE FOURTH CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
OF OUR CARMELITE PRESENCE IN POLAND
With the letter of John Paul II of 14th December
2004, addressed to Fr. Stephen Praskiewicz, the then
Provincial of our Cracow Province (Osservatore Romano,
Polish edition, 2005/2), began the year long
celebrations of the Fourth Centenary of our presence in
Poland, which ended on the solemnity of St. John of the
Cross, this year, with the recital of his poetry and that of
Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II), by a theatrical group in our
Church in Cracow. Throughout the year there were
many religious and cultural celebrations: in Wadowice our
Fr. General inaugurated the work of the AJohn Paul II Centre
of Spirituality@: in the National Sanctuary of Czestochowa,
in the presence of those who live the Carmelite spirituality
in Poland there was a day of thanksgiving for the presence
and ministry of the Teresian Carmelites in the country,
during which a letter from Fr. General was read out; there
were symposiums on the impact of our Carmelite spirituality
on the religious and spiritual formation of the Polish
people, at Cracow University as well as our centre in Poznan;
there were celebrations in the royal cathedral of Wawel in
Cracow and in our house in the same city there was a
thanksgiving Eucharist, presided by Polish Cardinals and
Bishops. From 1st May to 15th August
2005 there was a pilgrimage in Poland with the relics of St.
Therese of the Child Jesus, as a key part of the year long
celebrations of our presence in this country.
We note that the Teresian Carmel in Poland, with its four
centuries of history, today consists of two thriving
Provinces (Cracow and Warsaw) with about 400 Religious.
THE SCAPULAR OF JOHN PAUL II DONATED TO OUR CHURCH IN
On the 23rd November 2005 the scapular that John
Paul II wore was donated to our Church in Wadowice, where
Karol Wojtyla was born, at a formal ceremony attended by a
large number of the faithful. The precious relic was
placed next to the altar of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, where
the young Karol Wojtyla first received this Marian garment.
The ceremony took place during a Eucharistic celebration
presided by Fr. Albert Wach, the Provincial of Cracow.
The homily was preached by Fr. Stephen Praskiewicz, the
ex-Provincial, who received the relic from the Personal
Secretary of the deceased Pope, and who evoked among other
things the Pope=s own words: AI always wear the scapular
which I received on the day of my first holy communion from
Fr. Silvester@ (cf. Communicationes 41, 15.4.2005).
Fr. John Grennan, the Provincial of the Anglo-Irish
Province, was also present at the celebration. He greeted
the entire assembly and spoke to them about St. Simon Stock
and the origins of the scapular devotion.
We would like to inform the Provincials and the Carmelite
Nuns that one year ago a new Prefect and Under Secretaries
were nominated for the Congregation of the Institutes of
Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA).
The Prefect is no longer His Eminence Card. Edward Somalo,
but His Eminence Mgr. Franc Rodé, C.M.
The new Under Secretaries are: Rev. Fr. Vincent Bertolone,
M.S.P. and Rev. Sister Henriette Rosanna, F.M.A.
Could the Provincials communicate this to all those who do
not have access to the Internet; we are still getting mail
addressed to the former Prefect and Secretaries, which does
not speak well for the Order...
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