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Friday, October 28, 2016
New Discalced Carmelite Superior General
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 Fr Luis Aróstegui-Gamboa of St Therese, ODC, was elected Superior General of the Discalced Carmelite Friars on Friday, at the Order's General Chapter currently being held in Avila, Spain. He replaces Fr Camilo Maccise who has now completed 12 years of service to the Order. Fr Luis was born in Gatica (Viscaya, Spain) on 21 January 1939. He was ordained priest on April 5, 1964 and earned a licentiate degree in theology from Rome. In the 1987 Provincial Chapter he was elected Provincial (Province of St Joachim of Navarre), then he was re-elected to another term in 1990. Between 1996-1999, he served as Provincial for a third term. After leaving the provincialate he became Director of the Spirituality Centre of Larrea-Amorebieta (Viscaya). During his 12 years as General Fr Camilo worked creatively with Fr Joseph Chalmers, Prior General of the Carmelite Order, in fostering a positive relationship between the two orders and the two leaders issued a number of joint letters. Fr Chalmers flew from Rome to visit the Discalced Carmelite General Chapter on Saturday.
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