Tuesday, May 06, 2014

2014 - 2017 TOC National Council

From May 1 - 4, 2014, the entire TOC Philippines attended the 1st TOC Provincial Convention at the Claret Retreat House, Cenacle Drive, Sanville Subdivision, Quezon City. A total of 98 TOC attended the convention with 80 official delegates who can vote the new National Council.

One of the highlights of the convention is the amendment of the local statutes to effect the necessary changes since the Order of Carmel in the Philippines was raised to a Province.

The new council to serve the TOC in this triennium are:
National Prior: Ruel Santos, TOCarm
Provincial Councilor (Region of St. Teresa of Avila): Benjamin Syguan, TOCarm
Provincial Councilor (Region of St. Joseph): Apolinario Gregorio, TOCarm
Provincial Councilor (Region of St. Elijah): Jose Generoso III, TOCarm
Provincial Councilor (Region of St. Therese of the Child Jesus): Sonia Rosario, TOCarm
Provincial Councilor (Region of St. Albert of Trapani): Gelacia Lagrito, TOCarm
Provincial Councilor (Region of St. Simon Stock): Rosalinda Moreno, TOCarm

Photos of the convention can be found at the Facebook Page of the Third Order.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Canonical Foundation: St. Teresa Margaret Redi TOC Community, National Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Makati

On January 25, 2013, the Lay Carmelite Community of St. Teresa Margaret Redi was canonically established at the National Shrine of the Sacred Heart, San Antonio Village, Makati City. The Rite of Canonical Establishment was presided by Rev. Fr. Toto Jaranilla, OCarm. , former TOC National Spiritual Director, and together with the Rev. Fr. Victor Apacible, present rector of the shrine, and Msgr. Clem Ignacio, TOC, former shrine rector and parish priest of Quiapo Church.

Rites of Temporary and Final Profession was also celebrated on the said date. The celebration was attended by the communities of Sta. Ana, Tondo, and Makati which comprises the Province of St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi.

Concelebrated Mass: Fr. Vic (L), Fr. Toto (M), and Msgr. Clem (R)

Reading of the Canonical Decree of Establishment

TOC members of Sta. Ana

During the Mass

View from the Choir Loft

Friday, September 13, 2013

8th Centenary of the Death of St. Albert of Jerusalem

800th Anniversary of the Death of St. Albert of Jerusalem
Bishop and Lawgiver of Carmel
14th September 1214 - 14th September 2014

Newly Elected Prior General of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel

The newly re-elected Prior General of the Carmelites of the Ancient Observance, Rev. Fr. Fernando Millan y Romeral. The Lay Carmelites of the Philippines extends their prayers and wishes to the new prior general of the Order as he serves for another six year term.

For more details on the General Chapter, click here.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Erection of the Carmelite Province of Blessed Titus Brandsma

MANILA, July 17, 2013— The General Council of the Carmelite Fathers, raised its General Commissariat in the Philippines into a Province of the Order July 16, electing Fr. Christian Buenafe as Prior Provincial.

The Council was convinced that the General Commissariat had grown a lot since its erection in 1958 in terms of the number of members, the variety of apostolic tasks, and the possibilities for economic self-sufficiency.

Under the patronage of Blessed Titus Brandsma, the new province was canonically erected during a Mass presided over by Carmelite Vice Prior General Christian Körner at the Cubao Cathedral in Quezon City.

The decree for the canonical erection was issued by Carmelite Prior General Fr. Fernando Millan Romeral and was read by Fr. Albertus Herwanta, O. Carm., during the liturgical celebration.
Other leaders, who have been appointed to hold office until the first provincial chapter in February 2014, were Fathers Rico Ponce, First Councilor; Roberto Noel Rosas, Second Councilor; Gilbert Sabado, Third Councilor; and Eduardo Albino, Fourth Councilor.

Concelebrants of the Mass include Fr. Ben Wolbers, Prior Provincial of the Province of the Netherlands; Fr. Eef van Vilsteren, Third Councilor of the Province of the Netherlands; Fr. Mario Esposito, Prior Provincial of the Province of the USA; and former Counselor for Asia-Oceania, Fr. Anthony Scerri.

Among those who witnessed the celebration were Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco, and the retired Carmelite Bishop of the Prelature of Infanta, Bishop Julio Labayen. (CBCPNews)

Celebration of the Solemn Commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Malolos Heights Subdivision

The Lay Carmelite Community of St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi located at the Prish of the Holy Spirit in Alido Subdivision celebrated the Solemn Commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel by holding a Triduum on July 13 -15.

On the day of the feast, Holy Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Virgilio Ramos. After the Mass, imposition of the Brown Scapular and the veneration of the relics of the Carmelite Saints and Blesseds were held.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Seasons of the Heart Retreat (NCR, Bulacan and Tarlac)

On June 21 - 23, the thematic retreat on "Seasons of the Heart" was successful. It was attended by the different communities in NCR, Bulacan and Tarlac. The retreat was facilitated by the National Formation Team with the spiritual assistance of the Don Bosco priests of the Tabor Retreat House.