As has become a tradition, every three years, there is a european encounter for OCD students in a European country.
This year the place chosen was Fatima, where we reflected on the Marian spirituality of Carmel for three days.
A total of 92 religious, including provincials, teachers and students met in the convent – house of spirituality of the Discalced Carmelite friars in Portugal called ‘Domus Carmeli’, in order to get to know each other better and to reflect together on the present situation and the future of the Order in continental Europe. There was also time for fraternal encounters, always an enriching experience and for participants to have the opportunity to get to know the ancient Carmelite Desert of Bucaco and to share prayer and fraternity with the sisters from the convents in Fatima and Coimbra.
The talks had a unifying thread: the messages of Fatima, the personalities of Saints Francisco and Jacinta and that of Sr. Lucia were given by D. Carlos Cabecitas (rector of the Sanctuary of Fatima), Sr.Ángela Coelho (vice-postulator for the cause of canonisation of Sor Lucia), Fr. Miguel Márquez, OCD and the Fr. General, Saverio Cannistrà.