European meeting of the Discalced Carmelite formators

European meeting of the Discalced Carmelite formators

From the 28th of January to the 1st of February, at the University of mysticism, the Discalced Carmelite Order in Europe organized a meeting of the religious who, in the Discalced Carmel, are involved in the process of formation. There are 14 provinces of friars who take part in this annual formation meeting. These provinces are distributed in 9 countries: Belgium, Croatia, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, and Lebanon which is linked to the European provinces. Thirty-two formators gathered to discuss the theme “Community: a place of encounter and communion”. The speakers at the conference numbered three: Father Gonzalo Fernandez, Vicar General of the Claretians Missionaries, who addressed the topic “The Challenges of community life. Solutions from the culture and psychology of today’s youth “; Juan Antonio Marcos, a Carmelite, spoke about “Educating freedom in the spiritual path according to the Saints of Carmel”, and finally the Jesuit, Luis María García Domínguez, developed the topic: “How to accompany: techniques of dialogue between formators and those being formed”. The participants in this meeting spent the afternoons of the 29th and the 31st visiting places in the city of Avila associated with Teresa. A visit to Duruelo, the site of the first male foundation by Teresa, was held on the morning of the 30th.