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Meeting of the General Secretariat for Carmelite Nuns

68/2018 – 24 - 09

From August 31 to September 3 the General Secretariat for Carmelite Nuns met at the Sant'Alberto International Center in Rome. At the meeting, chaired by Fr. Mario Alfarano, Delegate General, all members were present: Sr. M. Pilar Simon i Blasco (BAR), Sr. Liliana Capos Rosa (ANT), Sr. M. Elena Tolentino (BUR),

Sr. Marianna Caprio (VET), Sr. Inés Carmona Ortiz (TRU) and Fr. Paul Denault (SEL). After a reflection on "Cor Orans", the Instruction of the Congregation of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life which deals with the application of some parts of Pope Francis's exhortation, "Vultum Dei Quaerere", the Secretariat formulated a proposal for a procedure for the updating of the Constitutions of the Nuns. This proposal was approved by the Prior General and his Council at the session of September 7. In addition, the meeting set out the program for the triennial meeting of the federal leaders and of the representatives of the not yet federated monasteries due to be held in March 2019, as well as the first meeting of the Commission for the updating of the Constitutions. Finally, in accordance with a detailed calendar, the itinerary of the Icon of St. Mary Magdalene de 'Pazzi was planned for all the monasteries and hermitages of the Order. This project will be presented at the March meeting. The Secretariat also made an assessment of the bulletin, "Adopt a Monastery" and made some changes.

During the last session the members enjoyed a fruitful exchange with the Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral.

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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."