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3 December 2016

Meeting of the European Conference of Provincials

Between the 7th and 11th November the European Conference of Provincials met in Linz, Austria. Taking part at the meeting were the Major Superiors of the various European areas of jurisdiction together with Fr Agustí Borrell, the Vicar General and Fr Lukasz Kansy, the second Definitor General.

During the first day, the Superiors reflected on dependence on the internet, assisted by Fr Giovanni Cucci, s.j. This is an argument of enormous pertinence in our time involving, as it does, not only religious in formation but also adults.

On the morning of 9th November, Fr Agustí Borrell gave a presentation on the situation of the Teresian Carmel in Europe as well as the progress of the re-reading of Constitutions, of great worth at this time of crisis, as we seek to invigorate our own identity as Carmelites.

The same day, in the evening, Fr Lukasz Kansy presented to the assembly a proposal from Fr General: to set up a year in the Salamanca monastery (Spain), together with an adequate community, for the European students in formation. This has the purpose of deepening knowledge of our patrimony of the Teresian charism, as well as assimilating the fundamental elements of our spirituality. The proposal will be studied in the provincial seats so that dialogue on the subject with the General Government can be continued.

On the 10th, the delegates were able to enjoy a day of rest and fraternal sharing by visiting the city of Vienna, and on the morning of the 11th they returned home.

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