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8 August 2018

Formation course for the Italian nuns in Nënshat, Albania

Young nuns from the Italian “Mater Carmeli” Federation of monasteries began a meeting on June 9th in the spirituality house of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers in Nënshat, Albania. Professed nuns together with those under formation numbered 23 religious, who were also able to share some moments with the community of Discalced Carmelite nuns in the monastery near the spirituality house / community of the friars.

The topic of formation was primarily Carmelite and centered on Father Marcell, Hungarian Discalced Carmelite. It was presented by a brother of the same nationality, Father Rafael Bakos, who highlighted the characteristics of the witness of God founded on the experience transmitted by Father Marcell, which has a particular Marian accent.

The second part of the meeting was of a psychological nature, thanks to conferences given by Ursuline sister Bruna Zaltron. It dealt with wounds of the personality, crises, and strategies to manage disenchantments or fraternal life, among other subjects.

There was also time to visit with the Poor Clares in Scutari and see the “place of the memory,” a museum adjacent to the monastery that memorializes the martyrdom of the Albanian Church at the hands of the communist regime.

The local prelate, Bishop Simon Kulli, presided over the closing Eucharist and thanked the nuns for their presence. The nuns returned to Italy full of happiness over the joyful fraternity shared among the religious of the different monasteries as well as with the Albanian Discalced Carmelite friars and nuns.