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A Meeting of the General Council

66/2017 – 16 – 09

The most recent meeting of the General Council took place from the 29th of August to the 8th of September. In addition to the various items of ordinary administration, and to hearing the reports of the General Councillors, the members began to reflect on the 2019 General Chapter. As a result of some extensive discernment and fraternal exchange the Council decided upon the theme of the General Chapter, as follows:

 “«You are my witnesses» (Is 43,10); from one generation to the next: called to be faithful to our Carmelite charism”.

This General Chapter will be held in September, 2019 at Sassone, in Italy. The precise date will be published later, while the Preparatory Commission will be appointed at the next plenary meeting due to be held in December.

The Council also confirmed Fr. Christian Körner, O. Carm. as  "administrator pro-tempore" of the office of the Bursar General

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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."