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Flooding in Kerala (India)
During the recent floods that affected India (mostly in the State of Kerala), producing 1,000 fatalities and damaging thousands of homes, Carmelites, both of the Province of St Thomas and the General Delegation of St Thérèse & St Albert, have been providing assistance to the people most affected by the floods. One example is in Chris Cappell College where shelter and all their basic necessities have been offered to some 650 people. The college buildings can be reached only by boat. Even though the level of the water is going down, many families are unable to return to their homes, and in some cases have lost their homes and continue to live in a state of emergency.
If anyone wishes to offer financial assistance to the work of the Carmelites in Kerala, that may be done through the Carmelite Curia, using the normal channels.
Ceremony honouring the Carmelites interred at Dachau
On August 2, 2018, a commemorative ceremony took place in the concentration camp of Dachau, Germany, to honour the ten Carmelites buried there, among whom were Titus Brandsma and Hilary Januszewski, beatified in 1985 and 1999 respectively.
This ceremony concluded the international course of formation for Carmelite students which took place in Holland and Germany in late July. The celebration began with a welcome by the Prioress of the Discalced Carmelite nuns of Dachau, called the Carmel of the Precious Blood (Karmel Heilig Blut). The Prioress illustrated the history and the motive of the nuns’ presence in such a place: reparation and prayer for reconciliation and peace.
The Carmelites present were then led in procession to the Memorial of the camp, where the Prior General, Fernando Millan Romeral, O.Carm., unveiled a stone which recalls the ten Carmelites – eight Poles and two Dutchmen – who had been in this place of suffering and oppression. There, they had the opportunity to greet the director of the Dachau memorial, Dr Gabriele Hammermann.
Afterward, the participants experienced a touching moment of common prayer at ‘Barracks 26’ (where most of the Carmelite prisoners lived), and then celebrated the Eucharist in the chapel of our Discalced Carmelite Sisters, who hosted this large group of young Carmelites with joy and fraternity. On behalf of the Preparatory Commission, Benny Phang Khong Wing, O.Carm., General Councillor for Formation, thanked the sisters for their presence in the camp, and for their incisive witness.
The Prior General concluded the celebration asking that ‘the witness of Blessed Titus Brandsma and Blessed Hilary Januszewski would help the Carmelites of the twenty-first century to be men and women of reconciliation and signs of God’s love for every human being’.
Process for the Canonization of Blessed Titus Brandsma
On February 6, 2018, in the presence of the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., along with the Postulator General, Dr. Giovanna Brizi, the General Councillors for Europe and Asia (John Keating, O.Carm., and Benny Phang Khong Wing, O.Carm.) and Ton Van der Gulik, O.Carm., representing the Dutch Province, the opening of the documents of inquiry regarding the alleged miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Titus Brandsma, O.Carm., in the Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A., took place. All the documentation had been presented to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints (Congregatio Pro Causis Sanctorum) on January24, 2018, by the Vice Postulator of the Cause, Mario Esposito, O.Carm.
This very simple and yet solemn act took place at the Congregation’s offices. Later the delegation was received by Archbishop Marcello Bartolucci, Secretary of the Congregation, who invited the Carmelites to imitate the example of the life of Blessed Titus and to continue praying for this cause of canonization.
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