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Carmelite History and Spirituality

Carmel and Our Queen

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Jesus and Mary are always together in time and in eternity. This mysterious and comforting truth has been voiced and lived since the dawn of Christianity.

Jesus and Mary are associated as Son and Mother, Redeemer and Coredemptrix of sinful humanity,

Council Agenda 2017-2018

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Agenda and Activities of the General Council in 2017-2018 - (still updating)

For privacy reason, names of the General Council are not allowed to put in the agenda. For more information about the agenda and activities of the General Council, please contact the secretarial office of the Curia Generalizia dei Carmelitani.

The Carmelite Marian Tradition: The Seventeenth Century

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Matthew Sprouffske, O. Carm.

Another great Carmelite Marian writer of the seventeenth century was Father Stephen of St. Francis Xavier, famed especially for his interest in Carmel’s Third Order. In his Exhortations Monastiques, a series of conferences touching on all things Carmelite, Father Stephen has left us a clear description of the relationship which must exist between Our Lady and the Carmelite.

Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Charles Haggerty, O. Carm.

We often hear and read the title of the Carmelite Order. Here we wish to explain it and show its significance and appropri­ateness. But that we might best understand it, we will have to consider it according to the mind of the people of the Middle Ages. For it was during the Middle Ages that the Order was forced to defend not only its title, but its very existence.

The Courage to Love

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By Bernadette St. James, TOC, North Hollywood, California

Jesus’ life mission and purpose is to reveal the Kingdom of God which pertains to matters of the heart as found in his teaching on love and advanced in the Beatitudes. Ironically, since childhood the Baptized are instructed

Lectio Divina March 2017

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Pope's Prayer Intentions for March 2017

Support for Persecuted Christians.
That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.

Lectio Divina March - Marzo - Marzo 2017

Some Questions and Answers about the Lay Carmelites

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HOW IS LAY CARMELITE LIVING MEANINGFUL IN THE CHURCH TODAY?

     The Lay Carmelite is called to the Family of Carmel to be deeply involved in the mission of the Church, to contribute to the transformation of the secular world.  A Lay Carmelite does this by sharing in the charism of the Carmelite Order.  We find in Mary, the Mother of Jesus,

Registration: Carmelite Family JPIC Congress

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The Carmelite Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation is organizing a Carmelite Family JPIC Congress scheduled for 22-28 July 2017 at Casa Sao Nuno, Fatima, Portugal. July 22, 2017 will be the day of arrival and participants depart on July 29, 2017.

Called to illuminate with prophetic light - The world of darkness

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Liliane Sweko, Sndden

Sr. Liliane Sweko, former novice directress in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, is a member of the  Congregational Leadership Team  of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. 

INTRODUCTION

            As an African and a woman religious who worked for many years in Africa before being elected to the general leadership team of my congregation,

How to continue growing as a spiritual director - Continuing formation in spiritual direction

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Eddie Mercieca, SJ

The following words are remarks regarding some of the areas of continuing formation which we consider important for those who wish to continue growing in the ministry of spiritual direction.

Analysis of Survey Response Carmelite Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation July 2016

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  1. It is with heartfelt gratitude and appreciation that the General Commission for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) writes to announce the results of the recent 2015 questionnaire project. 
  2. After receiving and analyzing the responses from a broad representation of the Carmelite Family, common

Congress Plan and Schedule

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Conference Theme:

CARMEL ENGAGES WITH LAUDATO SI’:
Hearing both the cry of the Poor and of the Earth (cf. LS 49)
CARMELITE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON JPIC
22-29 JULY 2017

Rationale Statement of the Carmelite Commission For Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

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We, the members drawn from the various branches of the Carmelite Family to constitute the Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Carmelite Order, met for our inaugural meeting at the Curia Generalizia, Roma, from 11-15 September 2014.

Convocation Letter of the Carmelite Family JPIC Congress, Fatima, 2017

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Re: Carmelite Family JPIC Congress, Fatima, 2017

Dear Fr Provincial/ Commissary Provincial/ Delegate,

Dear Mother General/ Sr Coordinator/ JPIC Promoter

I write to inform you that the Carmelite Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation is organizing a Carmelite Family JPIC Congress scheduled for 22-28 July 2017 at Casa Sao Nuno, Fatima, Portugal. July 22, 2017 will be the day of arrival and participants depart on July 29, 2017.

Carmelite NGO Karit 20th Anniversary

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Fr. David Oliver Felipo, O.Carm.

This year the Carmelite NGO Solidarity for Peace Karit has fulfilled its first twenty years of existence. From CITOC-magazine, we asked its president, Father David Oliver, O. Carm., That would tell us what it means Karit and something that this Carmelite NGO has been doing for the needy. This is his testimony.

Twenty years ago a group of Carmelites of the religious Iberian Region (Spain and Portugal), laity, they wanted to make real and concrete commitment to those most in need, with the last, with God’s preferred reality.

The Senior of the Order

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Sanny Bruijns, O.Carm.

On January 12, Fr. Constant Dölle, O. Carm., of the Dutch Province, celebrated his 100th birthday at his present Carmelite convent in Zenderen. Father Constant is currently the oldest member of the Carmelite Order.

The Ecological Originality of Pope Francis

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Fr. Eduardo Agosta Scarel, O.Carm.

Soon we will reach the first anniversary of the launching of the much awaited and much critiqued encyclical Laudato Sì (hereafter LS) of Pope Francis, on the care of the earth, our common home.

Carmelite Mission in Ukraine

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Fr. Roman Dabrowski O.Carm.

Sasiadowice is an old village located half way between Chyrowa and Sambor in the Ukraine. The first historical references to this village occur in the year 1370. The wooden church of the Roman Catholic

Carmelite Mission in Hong Kong

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Fr. Heribertus Heru Purwanto, O.Carm.

Carmelite mission in Hong Kong started over 30 months ago.  The actual members involved are three priests from the Indonesian Province. They are Heribertus Heru Purwanto, Paulus Waris Santoso,

Letter of Carmelite Nuns to St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi

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Carmelite Monastery of Janua Coeli

Dearest Maddalena,

we have written a few lines for you. We speak to you as sisters to sister, crossing the boundaries of time to reach you right there where your are now, in the bosom of the Trinity. In your life on

“God of Infinite Mercy” in the Mystical Writings of St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi

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Fr. Charlò Camilleri, O.Carm.

The anniversary of the birth of St Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, 450 years ago, could not be celebrated in a more appropriate year than this Jubilee Year of Mercy! We can truly call this saint as being the singer of Divine Mercy:

Message Of His Holiness Pope Francis For The World Day Of Migrants And Refugees 2017

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Pope Francis

[15 January 2017]

“Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless”

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me” (Mk 9:37; cf. Mt 18:5; Lk 9:48; Jn 13:20). With these words,

St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi - Biographical profile

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Sr. Marianna di Caprio, O.Carm.

The second of four children, Caterina was born in Florence on the second of April, 1566, to Camilo de’ Pazzi and Maria Buondelmonti. In the comfortable setting of a noble family, that began to call her Lucrezia, after her paternal grandmother, the young girl grew up peacefully and with a certain sensitivity to the aesthetic side of her social condition.

Major Events of the Order 2016

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In 2016, the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy of the Church, The Carmelite Order was also busy with many major events.

450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Mary MagdalenE de’ Pazzi

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On 2nd of April, 2016, the date of Mary Magdalene’s birth in 1566, the solemn opening of the 450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi was marked with the solemn

As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven.

 



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