FOURTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
CARMELITE NGO - 2010
Gort Muire Conference Center
| SEPTEMBER 11
| SEPTEMBER 12
DECISIONS FOR 2010-2011
Members present: Francis Xavier Hariawan Adji,
Joseph Chalmers, William J. Harry, Arie Kuil, Annah Theresa Nyadombo,
Helen Ojario, Miceal O’Neil and Jane Remson.
Members absent: Norbert Fokisa, Annamaria
Reverend and Gilbert Sabado.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2010
Following the agenda, members gave reports from
their respective areas. Written copies of their reports were given
to each member. A separate report was given by Harry Adji regarding
his attendance of the 63rd Annual Department of Public
Information (DPI) Conference with the theme of Advance Global
Health held in Melbourne, Australia, 30 August – 1 September.
His report emphasized that global health cannot be separated from
the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the role NGOs and civil
society play in helping achieve the MDGs. The day ended with a
prayer led by Miceal O’Neill.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2010
The meeting began with a prayer by Annah
Theresa Nyadombo. The morning was spent discussing ways to improve
the function of the Spirituality Reflection Team and the operation
of the New York office.
In the afternoon members attended a lecture by
Kevin Culligan, OCD at Terenure College.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2010
Jane gave the administrative report as follows:
Participation in World Summit on Climate Change:
The meeting was held in
Denmark Copenhagen. Jane Remson, O. Carm., and Blaise Fernando, O. Carm. represented
the Carmelite NGO at the summit. They distributed 500 copies of A
Time of Prayer, The Natural World, Manifestation and Experience
of the Sacred: A Further Reflection to Climate Change. Prior to
the summit members were encourage to ring church bells or other
instruments at precisely 1500 hours so all around the world
attention would be given to creation and climate change. Jane and Blaise attended the Climate Justice Mass sponsored by Caritas
International and the Ecumenical Celebration for Creation sponsored
by the World Council of Churches. At the Ecumenical Celebration the
reading was done by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and the sermon
was given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, the
service was attended by Queen Margaret of Denmark and her family. Jane and Blaise collected educational materials and mailed the
materials to: Jose Luis of Karat, Madrid, Spain, Arie Kuil, The
Netherlands, Mt. Carmel Academy in New Orleans, LA, Salpointe
Catholic High School in Tucson, AZ, Crespi Carmelite High School in
Encino, CA., and Harry Adji in Malang Indonesia.
The financial report was given. Members are
encouraged to solicit grants in their respective areas as a way to
cover expenses for regional and area meetings.
The revised procedures was presented with minor
changes as follows:
The name By-Laws was changed to Operating
A reference to the executive committee was
dropped because it was repetitive.
Article VIII, Section 1 was expanded to permit
the use of email, phone, fax and/or regular mail as a way of
communicating outside of the annual meeting.
In keeping with Article III, Section 4 Team
members were elected and date of service was noted as September 12,
2010. The members include:
Francis Xavier Hariawan Adji, Asia
Joseph Chalmers, General Council
William Harry, Communication/Publishing
Arie Kuil, European Union
Annah Theresa Nyadombo, Africa
Helen Ojario, North America, New York Office
Miceal O’Neill, Spirituality Reflection Team
Jane Remson, Main Representative to United
Anna Maria Reverand, Central America &
Eduardo Agosta Scarel, South America
The members of the Executive Committee were
elected as follows:
President – Jane Remson
Vice President – Joseph Chalmers
Secretary – Francis Xavier Hariawan Adji
Treasurer – Arie Kuil
Members-at-large – William Harry and Helen
the Coordinating Team:
The decision was made to remove the slot
reserved for the Secretary, International Commission for Justice,
Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) from the structure of the
Coordinating Team. This was done because there are already several
members of JPIC on the Coordinating Team.
Oil spill in
the Gulf of Mexico:
Jane spoke of the role the NGO played in
bringing information to decision makers in the clean up of the BP
oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Satellite imagery of the area was
sent to Jane and through her connections this imagery has reached
the highest level of decision makers working to clean-up the oil
spill especially in the wetlands of Louisiana and the fisheries of
Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
The Carmelite NGO was a
co-sponsor of the standing room only side event titled
Consumption and the Rights of Mother Earth held at the UN on May
11, 2010. Speaking at the event and representing the Carmelite NGO
was Eduardo Scarel, O.Carm., Ph.D., Professor of Science and
Atmospheric Studies, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Other
speakers included: H.E. Pablo Solon, Ambassador of Bolivia to the
UN, David Krantz, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Center for
Research on Environmental Decisions, Columbia University, New York,
USA and Patricia Siemen, OP, Esq., Executive Director, Center for
Earth Jurisprudence, Collaborative Center of Barry and St. Thomas
Universities, Miami Gardens, FL, USA.
WE DO ON LAST YEAR’S DECISIONS
We will broaden
our focus on human trafficking to include all forms of trafficking. These include prostitution, labor, child beggars and child
1. The Spring, Summer and Fall issues
of CarmeNGO all contained articles on human trafficking.
2. The December 10th
Day of Prayer featured human trafficking
3. The Dutch and
English translations of I have heard their cry, I will be with
you! were distributed.
flyers as to who to contact if you are a victim of human trafficking
continue to be distributed in New Orleans.
networking with organizations that focus on human trafficking,
especially Religious Against Trafficking in Women (SRTV), Indonesia
with International Labor Organization (ILO), Metro in New Orleans,
LA USA and RUHAMA and Action to Prevent Trafficking (APT) in
Days of Prayer:
Human Rights Day the prayer featured human trafficking – 1,000
World Environment Day the prayer featured water – 1,200 copies
Both Days of Prayer
are widely accepted and requested. The Prayers are used not only in
Catholic organizations, but also in other organizations some of
which are Christian others are civil.
At the September meeting of provincials make
sure the Carmelite NGO is represented.
William Harry was
present and represented the NGO.
By October to
have a first draft of the Carmelite NGO booklet.
Of the 1000 copies of
the booklet that were printed over 500 (300 at the Carmelite Forum
held at Notre Dame, IN) were distributed. Copies are available from
our main office and are posted on our website.
publication of CarmeNGO.
CarmeNGO continues to
grow. We print and mail 1,000 copies each quarter.
New York Office:
Email summary of meetings and briefing to
Not happening on a
regular basis as yet.
Facilitate contacts for team members
Happening on an as
date/place of UN meeting and conferences on climate change and human
trafficking to team members.
Happening on an as
Herwanta and Boby Sebastian on meetings and conferences on climate
change and human trafficking so JPIC is included.
They are included in
whatever UN materials that go to team members.
List of all
Carmelites located in Africa.
List given to Jane
and are included in the CarmeNGO mailing list.
climate change survey developed by E.U. and circulate on web.
revision, decided not to continue.
continue to focus on climate change and human trafficking in their
1. We will continue our focus on climate change
and all forms of human trafficking and add to our focus freedom of
religion or belief.
2. Sponsor two Days of Prayer:
December 10th, Human Rights Day –
Miceal is responsible for the prayer. The theme will feature
respect of religion or belief.
June 5th, World Environment Day –
Jane is responsible for the prayer. The theme will be honoring
3. Each member will regularly (at least every
other month) send a summary of their activities to Bill to be posted
on the website.
4. Expand our publications beyond Carmelites.
Each member will send 10 names and addresses to Jane to be included
in the CarmeNGO mailing list.
FOR 2010-2011 BY REGIONS
- Focus on education in schools, networking
with other organizations on climate change, human trafficking and
freedom of religion or belief and promote tree planting.
- Write letter to all Carmelites in Africa
regarding the work of the NGO.
- Be in contact with Helen for contacts of
organizations working in Africa.
- Continue education among youth.
- Engage in networking with organizations with
similar focus as Carmelite NGO
- Translate CarmeNGO, Days of Prayer into
1. Develop additional personal contacts and
- Continue working with Carmelite High Schools
in New Orleans, Tucson and Encino on climate change.
- Hold a Conference on Mother Earth.
- Continue education on climate change and
human trafficking among youth.
- Introduce Freedom of Religion or Belief to
church groups, schools and other organizations.
New York Office:
- Email summary of meetings and briefing to
- Email minutes of Religious at the United
Nations (RUN) meeting to team members
- Facilitate contacts for team members.
- Email date/place of UN meetings and
conferences on climate change, human trafficking and freedom of
religion or belief to team members.
- cc Albertus Herwanta and Boby Sebastian on
meetings and conferences on climate change and human trafficking
so JPIC is included.
- Send contact information regarding the World
Wildlife Fund to Harry Adji.
- Provide information on Women’s organizations
to Annah Theresa.
- Put regional activities on website.
- Keep website updated.
- Publish CarmeNGO, Days of Prayer, Position
Papers and Abstracts.
- Add “donation” click on website.
- Send out press releases regarding the NGO.
- Edit Position Papers
- Edit articles to be used as Abstracts
- Solicit author for Position Paper on Human
- Keep Spirituality Reflection Team informed
on the work of the NGO and their commitment.
- Day of Prayer for December 10, 2010.
The next meeting is scheduled for the first or second week of
August 2011. Exact date and location to follow.