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- 12//12//2015 Reading and reflection on the constitutions
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Fr. GEORGE TAMBALA, OCD, BISHOP OF ZOMBA DIOCESE (Malawi)
On Saturday 30th January, Fr George Tambala OCD, was ordained bishop for Zomba Diocese in Malawi. The consecration mass was held on the football ground of the Zomba Catholic Secondary School, at about 100 meters away from the Zomba Cathedral that could not accommodate all the Christian faithful who had come from all over the world to witness the event.
The mass started at 9:30 A.M local time. Archbishop Julio Murat, Apostolic Nuncio to Zambia and Malawi was the Main Consecrator. All the Archbishops and Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi were present. The total number of the consecrating bishops were 12 and Bishop Marie Fabien Raharilamboniaina OCD, Bishop of Morondava Diocese and Vice Chairperson of the Episcopal Conference of Madagascar was one among them.
The Carmelite Family was highly represented at the celebration. A big delegation from the Carmelite family in Zimbabwe comprising of O. Carms and Handmaid Sisters of our Lady of Mont Carmel were present to witness the event. Father Conrad Mutizamhepe and Daniel Higie, respectively O. Carm and OCD General Definitors in charge of Africa and Madagascar represented both the O. Carm and OCD Generals. The OCD Provincials from the Anglo-Irish, California-Arizona and Navarra provinces, together with the regional Superiors of the Discalced Carmelites from English speaking Countries in Africa were also present as they are in Malawi for their annual Conference. With all the participants, the whole event was marvelous.
Fr George Tambala, was elected bishop of Zomba Diocese by His Holiness Pope Francis on the 15th October 2015, feast of our Mother St Teresa. He was then General Definitor in Charge of Africa and Madagascar. After his consecration, he becomes the 5th Bishop of Zomba, his home diocese. The whole Carmelite Family wishes him well in his apostolic ministry.
FR. GENERAL'S MEETING WITH THE DISCALCED CARMELITE NUNS
Just as had been planned, on the 3rd February Fr Saverio Cannistrà met in the "Salesianum" centre with the Discalced Carmelite nuns, who were present in Rome for the closing of the year for consecrated life.
Besides the presidents and delegates from the associations and federations throughout the world, present also in the meeting, at the special invitation of Fr General, were the prioresses of the Roman Carmels of Tre Madonne and Saint Joseph's as well as a delegate from the Regina Carmeli. In all there were 105 nuns present. Accompanying Fr General, on the part of the friars, were the Definitors, Fathers Agustí Borrell, Lukasz Kansy and Daniel Chowning, as well as the secretary for the nuns, Fr Rafal Willkowski, and Fr Jean Joseph Bergara the Procurator General together with Fr Miguel Márquez the Iberian Provincial who, in the preceding days, had published a conference in the days organized by CIVSVA, of which we will inform you in due time.
The central conference of the meeting for discussion was given by Fr General and concerned ongoing formation of the Discalced Carmelite nuns and where lay the responsibility in this field, according to law, but above all from a sense of family and affection.
In his talk which began the meeting, Fr Saverio expressed his desire to offer from the General Curia a service in the field of formation with help from the nuns. In this way they themselves will be involved in the production of material for their own formation. Without leaving aside intellectual aspects, Fr General stated that it is important that the training will continue to assist in taking care of the person, their own vocation, both in personal as well as community matters.
In the evening, Sister María José Pérez, from the Carmel of Puçol (Valencia, Spain), shared with the assembly her experience with the blog "Teresa, de la rueca a la pluma", (Teresa, from the spinning wheel to the pen) through which she had provided throughout last year, the centenary year, formation material on Saint Teresa. Based on this experience, she gave some clues concerning the possibilities internet offers for continual formation.
Both talks were added to by the various language workgroups and discussion in the hall.
The meeting was brought to a close with the recital of vespers and thanksgiving for an historical day. It is possible to see a collections of photos of the day in: https://goo.gl/photos/Fp4pv3C7SMYiRxED8
New secretary for communications.
ROME.- On the 18th of January, Fr Julio Almansa Calero of the Iberian Province set out for the Holy Land. After having been secretary of the missions during the past sexennium, he was appointed secretary of communications, a duty he carried out until the time of his departure.
His successor in this office is Fr Emilio J. Martínez González, from the same Province, who is presently a conventual of the Teresianum community of professors, where he lectures. Fifty-one years of age, Fr Emilio was First Definitor General in the previous sexennium. He will balance this new office together with his dedication to teaching in our Pontifical Faculty and the Institute of Spirituality.
We are deeply grateful to both of them for their work and availability and we wish them all sorts of blessings in these new services to which they have been assigned.
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 for the rereading of the Constitutions of the Discalced Carmelite friars. In these two first months of 2016 we start with the file 1, centered on the Chapter I: «Our ideal» (1-18):
By clicking on this link: Reading and reflections on the Constitutions CC-1 you will find:
- The methodology to follow.
- The file nº 1.
- The complementary documents on file 1.