Father Saverio Cannistrà elected member of the Executive Council of the Union of Superiors General (USG)
The Union of Superiors General (USG) celebrated its 86th semiannual assembly November 25 through 27. The executive council for the triennium 2015-2018 was elected on November 26th and is as follows:
President: Fr. Mauro Jöhri, Minister General of the Friars Minor Capuchin
Vice president: Michael Brehl, Superior General of the Redemptorists
- Father Heinz Kulüke, Superior General of the Society of the Divine Word
- Father Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians
- Father Heinrich Wilmer, Superior General of the Priests of the Sacred Heart
- Father Mario Aldegani, Superior General of the Josephites of Murialdo
- Father Jeremias Schröder, archabbot, president of the Benedictine Congregation of St. Ottilien
- Father Robert Schieler, Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
- Father Ferruccio Brambillasca, Superior General of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME)
- Father Saverio Cannistrà, Superior General of the Discalced Carmelites
- Father Thomas Handgrätinger, Abbot General of the Canons Regular of Prémontré
- Father Pedro Aguado Cuesta, Superior General of the Piarists
We note that Father Saverio also belongs to the Council of 16, a consultative body consisting of eight members from the USG (masculine) and eight from the UISG (feminine) that meet twice a year with the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA).
Fr. Daniel Ehigie, New Definitor for Africa
After the election of Fr. George Tambala as Bishop of the Diocese of Zomba (Malawi), Fr. General and the Definitory met on November 14, 2015 and elected Fr. Daniel Ehigie as the new Definitor for Africa. Fr. Daniel comes from the Provincial vicariat of Nigeria.
Fr. Daniel was born in Uromi (Nigeria) on June 8, 1965. He completed his philosophical studies in Isienu (Nsukka) and professed simple vows on July 16, 1997.
After his theological studies in Nairobi (Kenya), he made solemn profession on December 8, 2001. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 13, 2002 and went on to study spirituality at the Teresianum in Rome from 2007 to 2009.
He fulfilled the role of novice master from 2009 to 2015 and has been assistant parish priest in the parish of Christ the King in Abuja. We wish him the best in his new appointment in service of the Order and the Church.
Complete Edition of the processes for the beatification and canonization of Saint Teresa of Jesus
On the 23rd November, 2015, at 7 in the evening, in the conference hall of the La Santa monastery in Avila, took place the presentation of a new and complete edition of the «Processes for Beatification and Canonization of Mother Teresa of Jesus».
Fr Julen Urkiza, ocd gathered together in six tomes with a total of 5,500 pages the 35 inquiries (processes) which lasted around twenty years, and spread over more than 26 towns and villages: the informative inquiries (processes) (1591-1597), the remissorial inquiries «in genere» (1604), the remissiorial inquiries «in specie» (1609-1610) and all the necessary documentation for the last phase of the canonization (1614-1622). In the words of Fr Miguel Márquez, Provincial of the Iberian province «we have here one of the most important works of this 5th Centenary».
This work enlarges the 1,665 pages of the three tomes of the Biblioteca Mística Carmelitana (from numbers 18 to 20) of Father Silverio, published in the years 1934-1935, to which was added all the documentation concerning the procedures and formalities of the notaries, the Order's procurators and other documents coming from Rome, such as apostolic letters, etc.
Besides Father Julen Urkiza, also present at the ceremony was the Bishop of Avila, Monsignor Jesús García Burillo, Fr Pedro Ángel Deza, director of the Publishing Group of the Iberian Province, as well as members representating the Vth Centenary Foundation and from the large Carmelite family.
Working together to complete this undertaking were: Ediciones El Carmen, Editorial Monte Carmelo and Editorial de Espiritualidad.
Reading and reflection on the constitutions
As directed by the General Chapter of Ávila 2015 and by the Committee ad hoc we hereby present you the working documents to begin the rereading of the Constitutions of the Discalced Carmelite friars. In these three first months we start with the file 0, centered on the Chapter document: «It’s time to walk».
By clicking on this link: Reading and reflections on the Constitutions CC-0 you will find:
- The letter from Fr. General.
- The methodology to follow.
- The file nº 0.
- The complementary documents on file 0.