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28 November 2019

“Caring for Our Common Home”

This was the theme of the V Encounter of the CICLA-central OCDS (Secular Carmelites from the central section of the Circumscription of the International Confederation of Latin American Carmelites) which took place from the 25th to the 29th of September in the St. Joseph of Cluny retreat house in Lima, Peru.

Some 100 Secular Carmelites from Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and one representative from Panama met. Present were the Commissary of Peru, Fr. Alfredo Amesti, OCD, as well as the Delegates for the Secular Carmelites of Ecuador, Fr. Juan Berdonces, and Colombia, Fr. Carlos Plata, and the General Delegate for Secular Carmelites, Fr. Alzinir Debastiani.

Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, was the source of reflection in the development of themes related to the commitment of the Secular Carmelites in the care for our common home through concrete gestures, even small ones.

At the same time, themes were developed for the various OCDS Provincial Councils related to formation as the care of the community (Peru), the expansion that builds and brings life to the community (Ecuador), and the difficulties in building the community (Colombia). The introduction was followed by a time for sharing and a plenary for the conclusions and illuminations.

For all the experiences, very positive and time well spent, we thank the friars and seculars of Peru for their fraternal and cordial reception. The next assembly of the CICLA-central will take place in the year 2022 in Colombia.