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FOCAL 2017

57/2017 – 31 – 07

A FOCAL (Carmelite Formation in Latin America) ongoing formation event was held in São Paulo, Brazil, from the 27th of June to the 6th of July, 2017. for the Carmelite Family in the American continent. The event was organised by Raúl Maraví, O.Carm., Councilor General, with the help of a team of friars from the Rio de Janeiro province. The participants included people from Argentina, Perú, Bolivia, the U.S.A. and Brazil, all of whom enjoyed the fraternal atmosphere and the inputs by Eduardo Agosta, O.Carm. (Argentina), Bruno Secondin, O.Carm. (Italy) and Benny Phang, O.Carm. (Councilor General for Formation). The course had as its title, "I brought you into the land of Carmel" concentrating on the themes of ecology, challenges to ministry, Carmelite spirituality and morality. As a part of the programme the group made a pilgrimage to the national shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida on the occasion of the third centenary of the finding of the image of Our Lady.
We are grateful to the Provincie of Rio de Janeiro for their great generosity and very warm hospitality throughout this formation course.

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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." 


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