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Meeting of the General Council

39/2017 – 13 - 06
The General Council of the OCARM and the OCD Carmelites

The most recent meeting of the General Council was held from the 29th May to the 6th June. Apart from the various issues regarding ordinary administration and the reports of General Councillors, the Prior General and his Council made the following appointments:

Regens Studiorum (with effect from academic year 2017-2018): Míceal O'Neill, who had previously been re-appointed prior of CISA during session 178 on the 13th March, 2017.

Second Councillor of the General Delegation of France: Martin Gilloux.

Prior of the community of Nantes in France: Gianfranco Tuveri.

The Council also approved extra translations of the new formula for simple and solemn profession.

In addition to the work of the Council, on the 6th of June at our Curia the six-monthly meeting with members of the General Council of the Discalced Carmelites was held. The OCD Superior General, Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, presented an outline of the USG Assembly that took place from the 24th-26th May 2017, during which two fundamental themes were considered: the first concerned consecrated life and interculturality, while the second centred on the forthcoming Synod of Bishops on "Young People, Faith and Vocation Discernment". Various information was then exchanged, including a discussion on the World Youth Day in January 2019 in Panama and on preparation of the next meeting of ALACAR (Latin American Carmelite Association), to be held from the 23rd to the 27th October 2018. The meeting ended with lunch which took place in a warm and fraternal environment.

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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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