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.
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.
Teresa of Jesus and what is «human» – International Congress at the Teresianum in Rome
(November 4-6, 2015)
Many proposals have sprung up concerning the thought of Teresa of Avila during the V Centenary of her birth (1515-2015). These were the purpose of the International Congress organized for the 4th to the 6th November in the Teresianum Pontifical Faculty in Rome: to evaluate the content of all these in the light of the sensitivity of our contemporaries, to see how Saint Teresa in her time attracted her contemporaries and today attracts our contemporaries, to see the way in which she dealt with so many of the layers of our human universe, in a continuum between daily life spirituality and mysticism.
Experts coming from the most diverse of horizons: from Spain to France, from Italy to Switzerland, from Burundi to Malta have presented Saint Teresa in three aspects (Experience / doctrine / experiences-expressions) from the point of view of linguists, psychology, anthropology and phenomenology.
Starting with the category of what is human, which is a constant in all contemporary reflection, from philosophy to theology, Teresa was presented as a story and face of God, for being an untiring traveler along the tracks of our history, and also because of her explicit desire that mysticism be converted into a universal experience in the heart of God's people. Since she was so human and, at the same time, able to start us on the experience of the mystery, capable of «attracting souls to so high a blessing» (Life 18:8), she is capable of inspiring and of being a model par excellence for the Christian of today.
The program for the Congress is available at http://www.teresianum.net/congresso-teresiano-internazionale-programma/
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.