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Biannual Meeting of the O.Carm and OCD Councils

40/2018 – 06 – 06

Last June 1st, the biannual meeting of our General Council with that of our Discalced brothers took place in our Curia in Rome. After praying Midday Prayer, the Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., welcomed the members of the OCD General Council and

presented the program of this meeting that follows the meetings that have been taking place regularly for more than 25 years.

To begin, the theme of the triennial meeting of both councils that will take place in Dublin (Ireland) from May 27 to 31, 2019, was set: "The missionary journey of Carmel today". In view of that, a small committee was formed by Fr. John Keating, O.Carm. and Fr. Daniel Chowning, OCD., to have responsibility for preparing the meeting.

Both councils were informed of the preparations for the "Carmelite Day" that will be celebrated on January 28, 2019 within the framework of the World Youth Day that will take place in Panama. The Discalced Carmelites from the Province of Central America and the Carmelites from El Salvador are collaborating for this day.

Likewise, the program for the 5th meeting of ALACAR (Latin American Association of  Carmelites) that will take place in Santo Domingo next autumn was presented. The theme of this meeting will be, "The martyrs of yesterday for the Latin American Carmel of today" and it will look at such figures as Oscar Romero, Tito Brandsma and Edith Stein.

The General Superior, Father Saverio Cannistrà, OCD, reported on some questions concerning  "Cor Orans" (the recent application instruction on female contemplative life, from the CIVCSVA ). An interesting dialogue and a wide-ranging exchange of ideas were generated around the subject.

Next, the latest information sent by Bro. Fausto Spinelli, OCD, president of the joint international commission, on the steps that are being taken with the municipality of Haifa and the corresponding government authorities of Israel for the restoration and maintenance of the ruins of the first Carmelite monastery in the Wadi es-Siah on Mount Carmel, were shared.

Finally, the two councils exchanged various items of information regarding upcoming events in both orders. The meeting, which took place in an atmosphere of great fraternity and joy, ended with the community meal.


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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."