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International Congress of Carmelite Laity

70/2018 – 30 – 09

In Sassone (Rome) from September 15 to 20, 2018, an International Congress of Carmelite Laity was celebrated, with the participation of some 250 people from 24 different nations around the world, mostly lay people and also some Carmelite friars and sisters.

The theme of the Congress was "Our Lady of Mount Carmelo: Mother of the Family". The main speakers included, Archbishop Antônio Muniz, O.Carm., Archbishop of Maceío (Brazil); Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., Prior General of the Order; Ms. Christine Wade, TOC of Australia; and Giovanni Grosso, O.Carm., President of the Institutum Carmelitanum. In addition to the conferences and the work in linguistic groups, the participants had the opportunity to listen to some testimonies and experiences of the Carmelite vocation in the life of lay people.

With the Prior General

The objective of the meeting was to deepen the Marian spirituality of our Order, strengthen the bonds of international fraternity among the various national and provincial groups and encourage the multiplying element of the laity within the Carmelite Family.

This congress was carried out thanks to the work and organization of the current General Commission for Carmelite Laity composed of Raúl Maraví, O.Carm. (President), Joseph Hung Tran, O.Carm., Désiré Unen Alimange, O.Carm., Normita Lacanilao, Jennifer Wanjiku, María José García de la Barrera, Michele Bonanno, José Araújo and José Luis Laghi.

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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."