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 the person of Josefa Naval y Girbés, the relationship of Saint Teresa of Jesus with the laity, the importance of fraternity in the communities, the role of the President and the Council in the communities.
There was also time to weigh up life as it really is in the communities of the Peruvian Secular Carmel and to reflect, in turn, on the letter sent by the Superior General, Fr Saverio Cannistrà, to all the OCDS communities throughout the world.
Finally, there was the election of the new OCDS national council in Peru, for a period of three years. The results were as follows:
President: Lucio Muguerza Terrones, San José OCDS – Lima
Formation: Blanca Margarita Canale Romero, San José OCDS – Lima
Council Secretary: Hipólito Wilberto Rodríguez Chonta, OCDS – Ica
Council Bursar: Lesly del Pilar Igreda Chaupis, San José OCDS – Lima
Councillor for Spirituality: Marianela Aneni Saavedra Abad, OCDS – Trujillo
The duty of this Council will be to promote the formation of the communities as well as drawing up a National Plan of formation for the OCDS, together with the preparation of the II OCDS National Meeting, which will take place in September in Abancay and the OCDS meeting of Bolivian CICLA.
The brothers and sisters of the Secular Carmel were assisted in their discussions by the Commissar, Fr Alfredo Amesti, as well others friars from the Discalced Carmel. The communion experienced in these days will continue on in the certainty that “we are, and will continue to be, united in prayer.”