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Visit to the Curia of the "Karmel Foundation"

On November 24, the members of the Supervisory Board of the so-called "Carmel Foundation" (Stichting Carmelcollege), an association that coordinates 14 schools and more than 35,000 students in Holland, visited our General Curia in Rome. The origins of the association go back to 1922, when Fr. Titus Brandsma and other Dutch Carmelites began to work in education and the first Carmelite schools were created in this country.

91st General Assembly of the USG

The past 21-23 November in the "Casa Divin Maestro" of Ariccia (Rome, Italy) the 91st biannual Assembly of the Union of Superiors General (USG) took place. Its theme was: "Young people, faith , discernment. We start again from the Synod " In it the members of the USG who participated in the Synod of Bishops in October shared with the assembly their experiences of it whereupon the various groups analyzed some of the fundamental ideas of the final document.

A Course on the management of the Cultural Heritage of the Carmelite Order

The Institutum Carmelitanum has organized, in collaboration with the Carmelite Library and the General Archive, a Course on the management of the Cultural Heritage of the Order to be held at the Centro Internazionale Sant'Alberto in Rome from February 26 (arrival) to 3 March (departures) 2019.

5th ALACAR ASSEMBLY

The 5th Assembly of ALACAR (Latin American Association of Carmelites) was held in the "Archdiocesan House María de Altagracia" in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) from November 6 to 11. This assembly is held regularly every three years in collaboration with the Discalced Carmelites. The theme of this assembly was "The martyrs of yesterday for today's Latin American Carmel: Edith Stein, Titus Brandsma and Oscar Romero."

Web page for the preparation for the General Chapter 2019

The Preparatory Commission, together with the webmaster of the Order, set up a web page for the General Chapter 2019. The address is: https://www.ocarm.org/capitulumgenerale2019/ In this page, available to all friars and other members of the Carmelite Family, the commission has posted the Instrumentum Laboris,

News from the Office of the Postulator General

On June 15, 2018 the Postulator General was received by the Bishop of Prato, Franco Agostinelli, in view of the opening of the Cause of beatification and canonization of the Servant of God, Amata Cerretelli, co-founder of the "La Famiglia" Movement.

Seminars on Monastic Life in Ávila (Spain)

The Spanish Episcopal Commission for Consecrated Life organized a Conference on Male and Female Monastic Life from the 4th to the 6th of October 2018 in order to put into practice the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Francis, Vultum Dei Quaerere and the Instruction, Cor Orans of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA). The aim was to help the contemplative nuns reach the proper goal of their specific vocation through Formation, the Federations and Associations, and the Cloister.

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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. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."