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5 November 2022

Lisieux (Francia): pilgrimage of the Carmelite family

Saturday October 1st , the entire Carmelite family of the Paris province held a reunion in Lisieux for the 10th consecutive year. In the context of the general pastoral visitation of the father General, fr. Miguel Marquez Calle and fr. Roberto Maria Pirastu, definitor, participated in the meeting.

Around 160 persons, among friars, secular Carmelites and nuns of the Carmelite spirituality, reunited around Saint Therese and were welcomed by the Discalced Carmelite nuns of Lisieux. Father General spoke of the importance of the doctorate of Therese in “science of love”: “The doctorate of Therese allows us to state that her doctrine contains a word about God and about the human being that is beautiful not only for the believers, but also for modern day society (…) The wisdom of Therese can help us to rediscover the Gospel, to overcome our situation of spiritual stagnation, to live the Word of Jesus like a liberating strength”.

Along with Sunday’s holy mass presided by Mons. Habert, bishop of Bayeux-Lisiuex, and the procession of the relics, the most important moments were the prayer time and the encounter with father General with the secular Carmelites and with all the friars.