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15 February 2022

News from the Secular Order in Iceland

On December 11, 2021, six members in formation in the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order in Hafnarfjörður made their temporary Promises in the OCDS, during a celebration in the Monastery of the Discalced Carmelite nuns in Hafnarfjörður. Presiding at the celebration of Holy Mass was Fr Jan Piotr Malicki OCD, Provincial of the Province of Warsaw (Poland), together with Fr Robert M. Marciniak OCD, Delegate of the Secular Order in Iceland.

Such an event was an absolute novelty in the history of Iceland, as this OCDS community is the first and only one in the country. It was officially erected on April 13, 2019, but members had been meeting regularly since 2011 under the spiritual direction of Mother Agnes, a Carmelite nun from Hafnarfjörður Monastery, which continues to provide spiritual assistance to the group.

May the Icelandic members of the OCDS deepen their vocation, rejoice in a continual discovery of the richness of the Carmelite charism and joyfully give witness to their faith in the places where they live.