Carmelite Friars and Nuns in Austria are celebrating various jubilees of the following years:
- 400 yeas of Teresian Carmel in Austria with the foundation of a Monastery in Vienna, 4th February 1622;
- 350 years since the foundation of Linz Monastery, 19 September 1674;
- 300 years since the Consecration of the present Carmelite Church in Linz, 25th September 1726.
These Jubilee celebrations opened on 28 May 2022, with Solemn Mass presided over by Cardinal Christoph Schonborn OP, Archbishop of Vienna. This was just the first of a number of projects planned.
Among these, for example, is an exhibition on Teresian Carmel “400 years of Friendship with God. Community – Prayer – Gifts”, to be held this summer in Vienna and Linz. The exhibition will portray the history of the Order, its everyday life, and its Saints and Spirituality.
The figure of Fr. Dominic of Jesus and Mary OCD (Domingo Ruzzola, 1559-1630), who had the distinction of founding the Order in Austria, will also have an important role during these celebrations. Various books about him will be published, a symposium will be held and a small permanent exhibition will be dedicated to him in the Carmelite church in Vienna-Dobling.
As well as this, two exhibitions of contemporary art (Gottfried Locker OCDS and Sonja Meller) are being planned. The objective of these exhibitions is to make the spirituality and charism of Teresian Carmel more accessible and to express it at another level.
The exact details of these various events will be published regularly on the Austrian Teresian Carmel website (www.karmel.at).