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Course for formators in India

Course for formators in India

Between the 25th of September and the 7th of October, an intensive course was held for formators of the Teresian Carmelite circumscriptions in India; attending were thirty-five Indian formators. The objective of the course was to reinforce in those in charge of formation, in the various circumscriptions, knowledge of our […]

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Reunion of the Middle Eastern Carmel

Reunion of the Middle Eastern Carmel

The annual meeting of the Middle Eastern Carmel recently took place with the participation of Discalced Carmelite nuns of that region (from the four monasteries of the Holy Land) as well as from Egypt (Faiyum) and Tangier (Morocco). The theme was “Brothers and Sisters of Carmel of the Middle East: […]

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Discalced Carmelite Extraordinary Definitory: 5th September

Discalced Carmelite Extraordinary Definitory: 5th September

The Extraordinary Definitory’s last day began with Lauds at 7:00 a.m. enlivened in Italian by the group from Central Europe. Participants went into the meeting room immediately after breakfast, where, after a few moments of prayer led by Father Miguel Márquez, Father Agustí Borrell, Vicar General, gave a conference on […]

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Discalced Carmelite Extraordinary Definitory_ 2nd September

Discalced Carmelite Extraordinary Definitory_ 2nd September

This Saturday, in which we commemorate our Mother and Sister, the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel, our workday started with Lauds and the Eucharist enlivened by the French-speaking group. Father Fulgence Rakotondrazanany, Commissary of Madagascar, presided, and Father Paul de Bois, Provincial of Flanders, preached the homily in which he […]

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Discalced Carmelite Extraordinary Definitory_August 31st

Discalced Carmelite Extraordinary Definitory_August 31st

Today’s liturgy was organized by the group from India. The Eucharist that opened the second day of our Extraordinary Definitory was presided over by Father Johannes Gorantla, General Definitor, specially in charge of South Asia. The morning was entirely dedicated to the process of rereading the Constitutions, an undertaking begun […]

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The Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Panama

The Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Panama

Eight months from the arrival of our Discalced Carmelite sisters in Panama, we share a brief account of their first steps in this Central American country: “We arrived enthusiastically in Panama on January 23, 2017. The foundation was inaugurated on the 25th with the participation of Bishop Bertram Wick, Bishop […]

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Letter from Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, Superior General OCD, on the occasion of the death of Fr. Felipe Sainz de Baranda

Letter from Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, Superior General OCD, on the occasion of the death of Fr. Felipe Sainz de Baranda

Fr. Felipe has left us. It was not expected, because – despite his age and a few health issues, which he had – he was in good health and above all, because we never expect that someone like him could leave us. I cannot forget the first time I met him. I had just entered Carmel. I was a postulant in Florence and Fr. Felipe came to preside a profession in the convent of our nuns. His powerful voice, his imposing figure: everything spoke of a true General. But […]

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Meeting of the new Indian Provincials

Meeting of the new Indian Provincials

At Trivandrum on the 1st July, 2017, and in the presence of the Definitor, Fr Johannes, the seven Indian Provincials had their first meeting of the triennium. They discussed programs organized in collaboration with all the provinces: a second novitiate, a meeting of the theology students, a meeting of young […]

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OCDS National Assembly of Peru

OCDS National Assembly of Peru

Between the 2nd and the 4th of June this year, members of the OCDS communities of Trujillo, Lima, Ica, Arequipa, Abancay and Cuzco gathered together in the seminary of the Discalced Carmelite friars in Lima for their national assembly. Formation was a strong point of the meeting, with conferences on […]

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First OCDS congress in the Congo

First OCDS congress in the Congo

As you will have seen in detail on our web sites, the first congress of the Secular Order in the Congo took place from the 16th to the 19th of March this year. It was held in the reception centre of the Les Buissonnets monastery in Tabacongo, Lubumhashi. With the […]

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24th Portugal OCDS meeting

24th Portugal OCDS meeting

Fátima, 28th to 30th April 2017 Secular Carmel vocational discernment In Fatima’s Domus Carmeli was celebrated the twenty-fourth annual national meeting of the Portuguese OCDS with some 80 to 90 taking part from the various communities in Portugal, including the Isle of Madeira. Present was Fr Alzinar Debastiani, Fr General’s […]

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Meeting of the Theology Students of Indian Provinces

Meeting of the Theology Students of Indian Provinces

As customary, also this year 46 students of theology belonging to 7 indian provinces met at Gandarvakottai Spirituality Centre, in the province of Tamilnadu for a week. The primary intention of this gathering is to know each other and grow in fraternity. This is one of the initiatives taken by […]

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A Marian Congress in Fatima, Portugal

A Marian Congress in Fatima, Portugal

The Order of Carmelites and that of the Discalced Carmelites, prompted by the celebration of the first centenary of the apparitions in Fatima, have decided to call an International, Marian Congress as one family as an offering to the whole Church, in order to revitalise our Marian spirituality, since Carmel […]

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