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Monday, 21 September 2015 14:24

The Vine - September 2015

The Vine26.3Welcome to the September issue of The Vine - our Lay Carmelite newsletter for Australia and New Zealand.

In this issue

  • Our Communities celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel
  • Fr Fernando reflects on the Feast
  • My Journey of Faith
  • Celebrating the Feast of St Elijah
  • East Timorese students say 'Thank You'
  • In memory of Fr Frank Shortis RIP
  • Sr Paula concludes her article on St Teresa of Avila
  • Greetings from Britain

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Sunday, 20 September 2015 13:13

New Church for Zumalai

ZNC200WebThe large, rural parish of Zumalai is to finally get a new Church, a gift from the government of Timor-Leste.

Carmelite Parish Priest, Fr Manuel Almeida Da Costa, announced that work had begun on digging the foundations of the new Church on 1 August. The Church will cost US$1.2 million and is expected to be completed in June 2016.

A new Church is a long-held dream for the people of Zumalai. It was one of the first things metnioned by village leaders in their initial meeting with Fr Wayne Stanhope and Fr David Hofman in August 2001 when the Australian Carmelites took responsibility for Timor-Leste.

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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