Four Young Men, Brave Mount Carmel..

Four young men accepted in the Carmelite Postulancy Program last August 15, 2018 (Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary). After their two months stay in the Pre-Postulancy program led by Rev. Fr. Paul Rey Senturias, O.Carm.;

Leo T. Atacador of Compostella Valley Province,

David P. Oala of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea,

David A. Capacio, Jr. of Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, and

Dominic Rey S. Casumlong of Iloilo City, Iloilo decided to continue in the Order of Carmelites.

Rev. Fr. Irvin Mangmang, O.Carm. presided the Eucharistic Celebration. This occasion was also graced by other members of Carmelite priests and friars, Associates and benefactors.

A Life Offered to God and to Carmel

July 27, 2018.  A day when 10 brothers for simple profession and two student friars for solemn profession willingly dedicated their lives to God and to Carmel.  While the Carmelites in the whole world are marking the Solemnity of the Patron Protector of the Province, Bl. Titus Brandsma, we are celebrating with joyful and grateful hearts that we are graced by vocations to religious life.  After a rigid year in the novitiate, these 10 brothers have decided to receive their vows for Chastity, Poverty and Obedience in the Order of the Brothers of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in the Philippine Province of Bl. Titus Brandsma: Brothers Vincent Sumanting, Mechael Tating, Jade Gerona, Romualdo delos Reyes, Marjune Caloring, Jaymar Falcasantos, Rolando Mamites,    Kim Paul Escobal, Flor Vincent Taoc and Rio Mar Sindac.  Meanwhile, Brothers Miguel Condes, O.Carm., and Wilson Bolocboloc, O.Carm received their solemn vows.

                Rev. Fr. Artemio D. Jusayan, O.Carm. presided the Eucharistic Celebration while Fr. Marlon Lacal, O.Carm. gave the homily.  This occasion was also graced by other members of council, Carmelite priests and friars, and secular priests who are friends of the professandi.  The double event was blessed by the presence and generosity of the community and the hardworking leaders of Sagrada Familia Parish in Bagong Silangan with their parish priest, Fr. Arnel Glodobe, O.Carm.

The Philippine Carmelites aid victims of flooding

A Carmelite-ran parish in the Philippines is leading in the relief efforts for victims of flooding due to continuous rains in the Philippines, which has already displaced thousands of families. Fr. Gilbert Billena, O.Carm., parish priest of San Isidro Labrador Parish in Quezon City said that more than 2,000 of his parishioners were made to evacuate their homes and are now staying in centers that lacks basic facilities like toilets and sleeping areas. Since the start of the flooding last July 17, 2018.

Fr. Billena said that the parish through the Order’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management program have been providing help and assistance to the families. However, he said that the help provided is not enough as more and more families are displaced. So far, he said, that the parish was able to serve 300 families. “It would take three to four months for them to recover,”

He said. For the meantime, the parish is collecting the following items to help the victims: rice, canned goods, cooking oil, dried fish, sugar, bottled water, sleeping mat, blanket, clothes, hygiene kit, cooking utensils, tarp sheet. It is also collecting building materials for the repair of the houses of the victims like GI sheet, coco lumber, nails, metal wires, and bamboo; as well as the following items for the livelihood of the victims: rice seeds, vegetables seeds, corn seeds.

- Reposted from the Facebook of the Order of Carmelites - Los Carmelitas - I Carmelitani.

- Photos and Video from Fr. Gilbert Billena O.Carm and Team

Justice and Peace: Quo Vadis

21 July 2018, Crispin Offermans Hall, Titus Brandsma Center

Celebrating the feast of Prophet Elijah, spiritual father and inspiration of the Carmelites, with a forum on justice and peace with Sharon Cabusao-Silva, Tinay Palabay, and Mong Palatino as speakers.   Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS, sent his message since, due to repression from government, she was unable to come. Fr. Gilbert Billena, O.Carm concluding the event with a reflection on the prophetic life of Prophet Elijah.

Prophet Elijah, pray with us.



Fr. Jun Adeva, O.Carm welcoming the participants coming from the Third Order Carmelites, San Isidro Labrador Parish in Bagong Silangan, Quezon Coty, and survivors of victims of the goverment's war on drugs

Sharon Cabusao-Silva talking on the TRAIN law and the economic situation of the country under President Rodrigo Duterte


Fr. Marlon Beredo with his interpretation of Rosas ng Digma

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Tinay Palabay talking on the human rights situation under Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.


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Story of a mother whose son was killed by allegedly members of the police force two years ago. His son was just attending the wake of another victim, when he was shot by masked men. As per her account, evidence were planted by the police and the witnesses threatened not to say anything.

 

Former congressman Mong Palatino on the situation of the country under Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.

Carmel Philippines celebrate the feast day of Our Lady

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The Order of Carmelites in the Philippines celebrated the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel last July 16, 2018. In Metro Manila, different Carmelite communities in the area gathered at the Titus Brandsma Center in New Manila, Quezon City for a joint celebration of brotherhood, family, and friendship together with the co-workers and other guests from the different parishes managed by the Order and partners in its ministries, like the Young Carmel Philippines Foundation and the Institute of Spirituality in Asia.

The program started with a mass in the morning presided by Prior Provincial Fr. Artemio Jusayan, O.Carm., with Fr. Martin Pierik, O.Carm. as homilist. Games then followed until the afternoon, and then a joint evening meditation led by the novices of the Order. The day concluded with dinner and a short program that highlighted the talents of the different members of the different communities. The Order also celebrated the 28th Sacerdotal Anniversary of Fr. Jun Adeva, O.Carm, who was ordained a priest on July 16, 1990.

The communities that participated in the activity are the Provincialate Community, John of the Cross Community, Teresa of Avila Community, St. Elijah Student Friary, and the Spring of Carmel Novitiate.