The friars of our Belorussian Vicariate spent the 20 November, the feast day of St. Raphael Kalinowski, on a Spiritual Retreat at Miadziel. Monsignor Aleh Butkevich, President of the Belorussian Episcopal Conference and Bishop of the Diocese of Vitebsk, conducted the Retreat. He encouraged the friars to be dedicated pastors of the people of God in Belorussia during these difficult times and to live demanding and evangelical religious lives.
Our Carmelite Secular Order is developing wellk in the country. After a short Retreat, on Saturday, 20 November, again in Miadziel, the OCDS community of Minsk joined in celebration as Mrs. Anna Lutskaya pronounced her promises during Mass. Fr. Peter Frostega, Vicar of the Discalced Carmelites in Belorussia, presided at the celebration.