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OCDS Provincial Meeting: Commissariat of Sicily

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Father Agustí Borrell, OCD, Vicar General, held a conference on September 23, 2018, in Mount Carmel – Loco Monaco, Sicily, for the Secular Order. It was titled, “The Beatitudes: Day-to-day holiness by the light of Gaudete et Exultate.” Participants included members of the 15 OCDS communities of the Commissariat of […]

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OCDS: admissions and promises in the Province of Lombardy

OCDS: admissions and promises in the Province of Lombardy

The house of spirituality of the Discalced Carmelites of the Province of Lombardy in Cassano Valcuvia (Varese, Italy), hosted a beautiful event June 9th and 10th. It can be characterized as historic, being the first time that members from different OCDS communities met in one place to celebrate ceremonies of […]

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Formation Seminar for OCDS – Sicily

Formation Seminar for OCDS – Sicily

“A formation seminar for members of the Secular Order was held in the Mount Carmel spirituality center of the Discalced Carmelite friars in Sicily from April 27th to 29th. “Representatives from the Commissariat’s 15 communities attended. The theme was: ‘Formation: Getting to know the wealth of the vocation to the […]

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Holy Week in Jequitinhonha Valley

Holy Week in Jequitinhonha Valley

As for many years, during Holy week, a group of Brazilian Secular Discalced Carmelites offered their services to the poor and needy communities of Vila São João, Dutra, Várzea da Páscoa and Ribeirão. All of these belong to the Francisco Badaró parish of Our Lady of the Conception, in the […]

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OCDS Provincial meeting in Bari and Maddaloni

OCDS Provincial meeting in Bari and Maddaloni

The OCDS Communities of the Naples Province held two Provincial meetings in Bari (27-28 January) and in Maddaloni (3-4 February).  They discussed their Constitutions under the headings:  “Divine Call, Life-Long Commitment and Continuing Fidelity to our Charism”.   Fr. Alzinir Debastiani, General Delegate for the OCDS, facilitated both meetings.  Having heard […]

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Extended Provincial Council for the OCDS province “FRANCE-SUD”

Extended Provincial Council for the OCDS province “FRANCE-SUD”

“An extended provincial council meeting took place from January 12th to 15th with the participation of the OCDS Delegate General and the OCDS Provincial Delegate of the France-Sud province, fr. Jean Sebastien. The chosen location was the convent of the Poor Clares in Nîmes. “The meeting enabled a clearer awareness […]

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New OCDS Council in Central Italy

New OCDS Council in Central Italy

The Secular Order of the Province of Saint Joseph, Central Italy, held elections October 28th through 29th in Sassone, near Rome. Some time after the creation of the new Province, its predecessors being Rome and Tuscany, a decision was made to elect a single council for the OCDS for the […]

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OCDS Congress: Province of Southeast Brazil

OCDS Congress: Province of Southeast Brazil

The Order of Discalced Carmelites Secular of the Province of Saint Joseph, Southeast Brazil, celebrated its 33rd Provincial Congress from November 2nd through 5th. Approximately 100 members of the 54 Communities and Groups in that OCDS province participated. The theme of the event was, “The identity of the Secular Carmelite,” […]

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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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OCDS Provincial Chapter, Colombia

OCDS Provincial Chapter, Colombia

The 5th OCDS Provincial Chapter took place at Medellín in the Francis Palau retreat house of the Carmelite Missionary Sisters on the 24th, 25th, and 26th of March. Taking part in the event were delegates from the seven communities of the country (Medellín, Pereira, Villa de Leyva, Cali, Bogotá, Anzá […]

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Visits by the General Delegate for the OCDS

Visits by the General Delegate for the OCDS

During the months of January and February, Fr. Alzinir Debastiani, ocd, the Father General’s delegate for Secular Carmelite communities, made two important visits to OCDS communities. The first was in Croatia from January 27th to 30th of this year at the invitation of Father Sreko Rimac, ocd, Provincial. He was […]

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Visit to Secular Carmel in Venezuela

Visit to Secular Carmel in Venezuela

From the 2nd to the 20th November 2016, the Delegate General for Secular Carmel carried out a fraternal visit to the communities of Secular Carmel in Venezuela and other lay groups inspired by Carmelite spirituality, as well as to the religious communities of Discalced Carmelite friars and nuns. The present […]

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