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Sunday, 20 September 2015 11:27

New Carmelite Deacon

DExpostoWeb200Br Agustinho Exposto will be ordained Deacon on Monday 28 September at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Zumalai.

Agustinho has been gaining pastoral experience in the large rural parish of Zumalai since he made his Solemn Profession (life-long commitment) in the Carmelites on 18 July this year. Together with Brs Fausto and Carlito, Agustinho will be the 3rd Carmelite deacon to be ordained this year. All 3 are expected to be ordained priests within the next 12 months.

He will continue to minister in the parish as a Deacon following his  Ordination.

Before making his Solemn Profession, Agustinho spent 3 months in Melbourne studying English at Australian Catholic University before returning to Timor Leste to prepare for his Solemn Profession.

Our congratulations, thoughts and prayers are with him as he takes this important step on his Carmelite journey.

RA15Web200The Timor-Leste Region of the Province gathered in Assembly from 2-4 September at São Elias community in Hera.

The Assembly was attended by all Solemnly and Simply Professed Carmelites in the Region together with Fr Denis Andrew (Prior Provincial) and Fr David Hofman (Secretary, Preparatory Commission 2016 Provincial Chapter).

The Assembly was facilitated by Australia Marist Brother, Tony Clark.

In his opening address Fr Denis Andrew drew attention to the rapidly changing membership of the Province.

Thursday, 10 September 2015 11:08

Fr Jim De Laurier, OCarm RIP

JDL4Web200The Carmelites of Australia and East Timor are mourning the loss of Fr Jim De Laurier who died peacefully in the early hours of yesterday morning. Fr Jim was in his 81st year and had been a Carmelite for 61 years and a priest for 55.

Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1934 Fr Jim entered the North American Province of Carmelites in 1953. He made his first profession of vows on 8 September 1954. He made his Solemn Profession on 15 September 1958 at Mount Carmel in Williamstown, MA and was ordained to the priesthood on 28 May 28 1960 in Chicago, Illinois.

Following his ordination he was a missionary in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) for 10 years before returning to the US. He served as Prior Provincial of the North American Province from 1985-1991.

In 1999 Fr Jim decided to move to Australia to be near his brother Steve and his family, Jim's only living relatives.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:44

Young Carmelites Renew their Vows

2015RenewalTL20020 young Carmelites from Australia and Timor Leste renewed their vows on Sunday 12 July. Fr Bruce Clark (Regional Prior) celebrated the Mass at the Carmelite Sisters Retreat House in Maurbara, south of Dili. The Mass followed a day of reflection on Living Carmelite Life led by Fr Wayne Stanhope (Director of Formation) who also received the Vows.

There are now 8 Solemnly Professed students, 18 students who have made their First Profession, 8 Novices and 12 Pre-Novices in formation.

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:00

JPIC Newsletter September 2015

JPIC45Web200Monthly newsletter of the Carmelite Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Commission.

In this issue:

Rolling Stone magazine publishes Pope's 10 most radical lines
Laudato Si' & the model of Communion - Paul Gurr
Migrant & Refugee Sunday - 30 August
What can I do to care for our planet?
JPIC Calendar & prayers for September

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JPIC No 45 September 2015


Saturday, 08 August 2015 17:14

Farewell, Fr Frank

FSInWeb200Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Middle Park VIC was filled to capacity for the Funeral Mass for Fr Frank Shortis, OCarm on Friday 31 July 2015.

Fr Denis Andrew (Prior Provincial) was the principal celebrant of the mass which was concelebrated by 16 priests. Archbishop Denis Hart presided at the Mass in appreciation for Frank's contribution to Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Fr Paul Cahill gave the homily.

Family members, Carmelites and representatives from Whitefriars College and Geogeghan College (now Penola College) placed symbols around the coffin recalling Fr Frank's Baptism, Carmelite Life, Pastoral Ministry and contribution to Education. Whitefriars College students formed a guard of honour and were pall bearers at the conclusion of the Mass.

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