Note of thanksgiving
These days I have received many messages from friars, nuns, members of the Secular Order, and friends, who have expressed feelings of empathy and condolence on the death of my mother. Since I am not able to respond to each one personally, I want to convey my heartfelt thanks in this brief message, in my name and also in my family's name. For all of us, it has been a gift from God to experience the affection of so many brothers and sisters and to be upheld by your prayers. Thank you for having accompanied our mother in her Passover and for having included our small family in the embrace of the great family of Carmel.
With affection and acknowledgment,
Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, ocd
Death of Mons. Gonzalo López Marañón, ocd
On the 7th of May, eve of the Ascension of the Lord, Mons. Gonzalo López Marañón (Fr. GONZALO OF THE IMMACULATE) died in the Bishop's house of the diocese of Luena - Lwena (Prov. Moxico. Angola). He had been taken there after his last missionary posting, because he was afflicted by various tropical ailments and it was there that he handed over his soul to the Creator, this Carmelite Bishop who always wanted to live and die on the missions.
Mons. Gonzalo López Marañón was born in Medina de Pomar (Burgos) on the 3rd of October 1933, at that time the feast of Saint Therese. He made his profession on 13th of August 1950 in Burgo de Osma and was ordained to the priesthood on 6th April 1957 in Burgos. In 1970, he was appointed as Prefect Apostolic of the Carmelite mission of San Miguel de Sucumbíos (Ecuador), where he remained for forty years in missionary service until 2010. He was, first of all, Prefect Apostolic from 1970 to 1984, then Vicar Apostolic from 8th December 1984, when he was consecrated Bishop of this region of the equatorial Amazon.
When he finished his service in Ecuador in 2010, he continued living and serving in the missionary Church and sought a missionary post in Angola.
This grain of wheat was buried in African soil and we hope that the fruit of his commitment will be an increase of new missionary vocations.
May this good Pastor and sower of the Lord's seed rest in peace.
The new logo
Many of you are already familiar with the new logo that identifies the General Curia in various digital communications media: Web (www.carmelitaniscalzi.com), Facebook (Curia Generalizia Carmelitani Scalzi) and Twitter (@ocdcuria). It was designed by Father Sebastian Garcia, ocd, of the Province of Iberia. It is the visible spear's head of the General Definitory's restructuring of communications.
During these past few months we have particularly tried to intensify news distributed through social media which is used by many laypersons of the Carmelite family, especially OCDS, as well as some male and female religious. We try to publish news in the most immediate way possible in different languages, especially in Facebook and Twitter; news which would not be so easily disseminated by using only the Web, such as pictures and information about visits of the Father General and his definitors, congresses and academic activities related to our spirituality, videos, formation materials, activities of the OCDS in different parts of the world, et cetera.
For those who frequent social media, it is sufficient to search for our profiles in each one and subscribe to them to receive information in your accounts. Those who do not use social media can also see the same content by visiting our Web page, where links are provided at the bottom of the page.
Once again, we encourage you to get to know and use these resources to reinforce the bonds of our relationship.
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. By clicking on this link: Reading and reflections on the Constitutions you will find the StudyGuide