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International Conference of Formators of the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus


From 18th to 30th October 2010, the International Conference of Formators of the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus took place at Focene di Fiumicino (Rome). The 37 participants, coming from Italy,

Romania, Brazil, Canada, Tanzania and the Philippines, included the women in charge of the various stages of formation, together with the General Council, provincials, and general delegates.

The course centered on the theme of “The Person and Their Formation in the Ratio Institutionis, Making Carmel Flourish Again Today and in Actual Reflection.” During the first week, the presenters Giuseppe Roggia, SDB, Angela Ferreira Rocha, MC, Santiago Gonzales Silva, MC, and Mario Alfarano, O. Carm., developed the theme according to the human perspective, specifically feminine, missionary, and charismatic. During the second week, the Ratio Institutionis of the Congregation (8 years since its redaction) was elaborated, with the help of Sr. Marianerina de Simone, Sr. M. Lilian Kapongo, Sr. M. Elizabeth Ribeiro, and Sr. M. Ivana Calvo. The experience, rich in international and intercultural fraternity, concluded with the firm will to develop a united formative path for the entire Congregation through a clearer identity as a Missionary Carmelite of St. Therèse of the Child Jesus.

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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."