Most Reverend Julio Xavier Labayen, OCD has gone Home to His Creator
Most Reverend Julio Xavier Labayen, OCD (July 23,1926 - April 27, 2016) a Discalced Carmelite bishop, who is a servant-leader-pastor in the Prelature of Infanta (Philippines) for 40 years has gone Home to His Creator. He is known for being a compassionate pastor with a burning heart for the "Church of the Poor." "The Church of the poor is the Church with a mother´s heart. Mothers will not think twice on whom to give their attention, care, love and time except to the child most in need," the Bishop once said.
We pray for his Eternal Repose.
St Teresa of Avila Cultural Centre at Makebuko (Gitega - Burundi)
During the spring of 2012 in Makebuko (Gitega - Burundi), the students in the primary, secondary schools and colleges of the area petitioned for help in obtaining a common lecture hall from the Fundación Barceló which is situated in Palma de Mallorca (Spain). In the past this foundation had given help for various projects in the area. In this case, the students' petitions was accompanied by a very special "recommendation". The young people invoked the help of saint Teresa, who had always been a friend of the arts.
In this way, the "Makebuko Cultural Centre of Saint Teresa of Avila) began, stimulated by Fr A. M. Zacharie Igirukway OCD, a professor in the Rome Teresianum. The Saint did not disillusion the hopes of the young people and so, before the end of the celebrations for the fifth centenary of her birth, a building was inaugurated which contains a library and lecture hall, thanks to the help from many benefactors.
The complex is owned by the Discalced Carmelites of Burundi and Rwanda and was inaugurated on 31st July 2015, with the Archbishop of Gitega, His Grace Mons. Simon Ntamwana, blessing the facilities.
The students are involved in taking care of the Centre and, as well, take part in all the activities proposed to them, according to their various capabilities. The influx of youth exceeded initial expectations, in such a way that the library space has also had to be used as a lecture hall. The students are not the only ones to benefit from the space in the Centre: joining the students have been some adults, particularly the professors of the area.
With time, it is foreseen that the St Teresa of Avila Centre will have a wide range of cultural and folkloric activities.
Both the Teresianum and CITeS have recently published Teresian publications of interest.
With reference to the Teresianum, now available to the public is a double number for the year 2015, in which is contained the acts of the International Congress organized by our pontifical faculty from the 4th to 6th November under the title "Teresa and what it is to be human". Taking part were specialists from Italy, France, Spain, Burundi, Malta and Switzerland, who dealt with the person of Saint Teresa from distinct disciplinary perspectives. The volume, which contains 16 articles, has also an extensive Teresian bibliographical bulletin prepared by Fr Ciro García, ocd, the librarian of the Teresianum. This bulletin can be downloaded from the Teresianum's web page, as also -in Spanish- from
CITeS, for its part, has also other interesting publications, which can be consulted on its web page (www.mistica.es). In cooperation with Monte Carmelo Publishing House, it has presented the acts of the Teresian International Congress celebrated at our Avila International Centre from 21st to 27th September last year, under the title "Teresa of Jesus. Patrimony of humanity". The papers of this congress, extensive in topic, content and approaches to the person of Teresa of Jesus, have been put into two volumes, which can be ordered at this internet address: firstname.lastname@example.org. A thorough presentation of both volumes can be found at this web address.
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 StudyGuide03.