Monday, August 20, 2012

“Parish ministry and the Carmelite charism”

Bali-Indonesia (20-08-2012).- Major Superiors from the Philippines, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, Japan and Indonesia reflected upon parish ministry and the Carmelite charism during the annual meeting of the circumscriptions of East Asia and Oceania, which was celebrated in the Indonesian island of Bali.

The annual meeting was hosted in Denpasar from 30th July to 3rd August. Besides the Major Superiors, there were also present the Definitor General for East Asia and Oceania, Fr Peter Chung, as well as a good number of representatives from the Carmelite Parishes in the circumscriptions.

After the opening Eucharist, at which presided Fr Peter Chung, and words of welcome from the Commissar of Indonesia, Fr Feliz Elavunkal, work began on the meeting which was organized in three parts.

First of all, each circumscription gave a resume of their present situation and the pastoral work carried out in each region. Afterwards, Fr Gitoratmo, expert in Ecclesiology and Professor at the Pontifical seminary of St Paul-Yogyakarta, gave a conference concerning the need to “rethink today’s pastoral ministry” and directed reflection and the work groups concerning the topic of parish ministry.

Then, to conclude, those taking part drew up a proposal concerning Carmelite parish ministry divided into three points concerning the importance of: 1. community life; 2. The times for mental prayer; 3. Marian devotion and the feasts of the saints.

A second point concerned Carmelite Spirituality and formation through conferences, retreats and publications. Then, in third place, strengthening social ministry through help to the really poor and ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue. Standing out was the importance of being able to count on collaboration from the Nuns, Secular Carmel, the laity and other groups within the Carmelite family. 


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