Discalced Carmelites of the Australia Oceania Region

National Councils

There are two OCDS National Councils in this Region – one for Australia, Samoa and Tonga and another for New Zealand.

The current National Council for Australia, Samoa and Tonga began its term with a handover meeting which was held at the Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, NSW,  on the 20- 21st November 2012.  

 National Council for Australia, Samoa and Tonga

OCDS Statutes -
National Council

52. a) The National Council [Constitutions 57 & 60] is an ecclesial expression of the communion in Christ of the Secular order communities in Australia and Samoa. Above all it is a focal point of unity and love within the Secular order and a means of liaison with the Provincial or his Delegate and the wider Teresian Carmelite family. It is a collaborative body formed “not to be served but to serve.” [Mt 20:28]

b) It operates under two modes:-
As a secretariat in such areas as:-
i) providing means of communication for the exchange of information and resources
ii) maintaining a current National Directory of members.

As a pro-active service, in such areas as:-
iii) identifying matters to be brought to the attention of the Provincial Delegate and being a source of advice to him
iv) assisting in the development of new groups
v) organizing Congresses
vi) researching areas of growth and development, particularly relating to apostolate and formation.

Handover Meeting November 2012

New National Council

President - Sandra, 1st Councillor – Chris, 2nd Councillor - Lorraine, 3rd Councillor - Anne and 4th Councillor – Helen.

The new National Council travelled from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Tasmania for the handover meeting at Varroville.
Following Morning Prayer and morning tea together, the meeting began with a reflection from St Teresa’s Interior Castle 6, Ch 9:16.
…….In sum,…..; believe me, the safest way is to want only what God wants. He knows more than we ourselves do, and He loves us. Let us place ourselves in His hands so that His will may be done in us, and we cannot err if with a determined will, we always maintain this attitude.
A prayer to the Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Mt Carmel and our Carmelite saints followed.
Fr Greg Burke OCD, our National Delegate for the OCDS, joined us for our meetings and on the 2nd day, Sister Jennifer OCD joined us for part of the meeting and among other things, updated us regarding our Discalced Carmelite website.
With the 5th Centenary of St Teresa’s birth to be celebrated from the 15th October 2014 to the 15th October 2015, the three branches of the Order will all be praying and working together, striving to fulfil our prophetic mission in the 21st century as stated by the Preparatory Commission for St Teresa’s 5th Centenary -
Set as we are in the experience of the living God who, having created us in His image and likeness, has reserved a place in the interior of each person, to place his mansion, we propose as a Teresian family to be a prophetic sign of God’s presence in the world today and to awaken people’s consciences in the 21st century, so that they will experience in the deepest part of their being true happiness and the authentic meaning of life.

For further information regarding the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order please contact:
OCDS National President [presidentocds@carmelite.com]