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Conclusion of the Vth Birth Centenary of St. Teresa in India
Although each province of India had its own celebration of the Conclusion of the Vth Birth Centenary of our Holy Mother, On 3rd October, the Carmelite Family of India celebrated the Grand finale at the national level in style. Velankanni, the biggest and most popular shrine of Our Lady of Good Health in the south Indian state of Tamilnadu served as a venue for this mega event. This celebration was organised by the Carmelite Family of India, which comprises of the Discalced Carmelites, O. Carm and many other women Carmelite, Teresian congregations. There were around 1500 participants coming from all the corners of India.
The Solemn Eucharistic Celebration was presided over by His Grace Most Rev. Salvatore Pennacchio, the Apostolic Nuncio to India accompanied by several other bishops, provincials and priests. It was held in the new Morning Star Basilica in the presence of around 1800 Carmelites including the secular order members. In his homily the Nuncio appreciated the Carmelite presence in India and exhorted the Carmelites to be faithful to their vocation which is a life of prayer. The celebrations came to an end with the cultural evening.
On the occasion of the Concluding celebrations of the Vth birth Centenary of our Holy Mother at the national level celebrated at Velankanni, Tamilnadu, the Inter Provincial Council of India had invited the participation of Fr. General and Fr. Definitor. Accordingly they reached India a week earlier and made the fraternal visit of Karnataka Goa Province. On 2nd October a day prior to the closing celebrations of the Centenary, the Generalate organised a meeting of the major Superiors of all the circumscriptions of India.
All the provincials along with one each councillor, regional vicars, delegate provincials were the participants. The primary objective of the meeting was to animate the Indian provincials in rereading the Constitutions as decided by the General chapter of Avila. Another important point discussed was about the formation courses to be conducted in India. It was decided to conduct these courses as decided by the General chapter however will have to plan out those programs of ongoing formation that will be useful for a rediscovery of our charismatic identity. In the next meeting the Inter Provincial Council will discuss with the Definitor and chalk out the program for the next six years. The Interprovincial Council of India has extended a fraternal invitation to the whole definitory to visit India and also to hold the next extraordinary General definitory.
"Prayer, a force that changes the world," theme of the congress of the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger–Benedict XVI
The Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI will celebrate its international congress in Spain for the first time. It will take place in Madrid, in the Francisco de Vitoria University, on October 28 and 29. Its title is "Prayer, a force that changes the world." It is organized by the Holy See Foundation, the aforementioned University, and the Foundation for the 5th Centenary of the Birth of Saint Teresa of Jesus. Registration is free.
The topic chosen, prayer as a force that transforms the world, is intimately linked to Teresian spirituality and is very present in the thought and teaching of Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI.
Among others, participants will include: Archbishop Luis F. Ladaria, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Father Agustí Borrell, Vicar General of the Discalced Carmelite Order; the dean of the School of Theology and Canon Law of the Pontifical University of Comillas, Jesuit Father Gabino Uribarri; as well as professors from various universities, Spanish as well as international.
The opening session on October 28 will be attended by representatives from the Vatican Foundation, such as the President, Monsignor Guiseppe Scotti; His Holiness's Nuncio to Spain, Archbishop Renzo Fratini; the Archbishop of Valladolid and President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, Cardinal Ricardo Blázquez; the Archbishop of Madrid, Carlos Osoro, who will deliver the keynote speech and will preside over the Scientific Committee of the Congress; and the rector of the Francisco de Vitoria University (UFV), Daniel Sada. The Organizing Committee is headed by UFV professor Isidro Catela Marcos, currently Director-Manager of the Foundation for the 5th Centenary.
Confirmed roundtables include how prayer transforms the person, family, university, youths' hearts and social commitment, or the Church itself. It is customary in these Congresses that Pope Francis as well as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI send a message to participants.
Information on the congress can be followed on www.ufv.es/ratzinger2015; www.fondatzioneratzinger.va; and www.stj500.com
First steps of the new province of the Philippines
It was a moment of special grace! May 23, 2015, will be recorded forever in Carmelite history: It was the day on which the General Chapter in Ávila created a Province of the long-standing Commissariat of the Philippines with the title Saint Teresa of Jesus. We will celebrate the creation of the Province on October 15, 2015, the date we are celebrating the closing of the 5th Centenary of the Birth of Saint Teresa of Jesus.
The archbishop of Cáceres and former Commissary, Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, ocd, will preside over the celebration. The Eucharistic celebration will take pace in the parish of the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in New Manila, Quezon City.
Another blessing we are all grateful for is the Philippine Episcopal Conference's recognition of our church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, as a National Shrine.
The celebration on October 15 will be attended by all the Carmelites of the Philippines and Vietnam, together with some from other Provinces, such as Father Michael McGoldrick, Provincial of the Aglo-Irish Province; Father Cyril Guise, delegate of Father Jude Peters, Provincial; a representative of the Washington Province; and Father Paul Kunori, Delegate General of Japan. There will certainly be other friars from Oceania and Eastern Asia attending this great moment of thanksgiving.
Also participating will be the O.Carm. Provincial of the Philippines, Father Christian Buenafe; priests and religious from different congregations; the OCDS; the Council of our nuns' association; other members of the Carmelite family; parishioners; and benefactors.
As we await that day, we also joyfully await the message from our Father General, Saverio Cannistrà, which he will address to the new Province of the Philippines before the final blessing during the Eucharistic celebration.
PROGRAMME Of CANONIZATION OF LOUIS MARTIN AND ZELIE GUERIN, PARENTS OF ST THERESE OF LISIEUX
Saturday, October 17 at 8 p.m: Prayer vigil in preparation for the solemn act of canonization at the Basilica of St. Teresa of Avila in Corso d’Italia 37, Rome with the testimony of the families Schillirò and Perez Pons, the parents of two children who received the miracles. Vigil in the Church San Luigi de’ Francesi (Piazza di San Luigi de’ Francesi) for the French pilgrims.
Sunday, October 18 at 10 am at St. Peter's Square: Solemn Eucharistic celebration and Canonization
Monday, October 19 at 9 am: in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Thanksgiving Mass in honour of the Holy Trinity for the gift of this first couple proclaimed saints.
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