The 5th meeting of the OCDS CICLA-south took place in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, from 20th to 24th April 2022. It was composed of members from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. The theme for this Congress was “Discalced – Take off the sandals”. Much of the discussion at the conference centred on what being Discalced meant in an OCDS context and various realistic ways of putting it into practice were suggested.
A pleasant spirit of harmony and friendship prevailed at the Congress. Assistance at the different talks was possible either online or by physical presence and all those present had the opportunity of participating and sharing in the themes presented. The congress was organised superbly with periods of work, reflection and fraternal recreation. The menu was abundant and excellent. Everybody could sample the culinary specialities of Bolivia too, as each day meals from the different regions of the country were on offer.
This 5th Congress of the CICLA-south OCDS has sown seeds in all those who shared the experience that will undoubtedly bear fruit in the lives of all Secular Carmelites in these regions and indeed throughout the world.
During the course of this Meeting it was decided that the next CICLA-south Congress would take place in Uruguay in 2025.