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10 January 2023

Italy: the OCDS of the Venice province meet with Father General

On Saturday, December 3rd, in the Monastery of the Carmelite Fathers of Verona, the OCDS Communities of the Venice Province lived an afternoon of joyful fraternity together with Father General, Fr. Miguel Márquez Calle, Father Roberto Pirastu, Definitor General, Father Fabio Silvestri, Provincial of the Venice Province and Father Aldo Formentin, Provincial Delegate for the OCDS.

After the presentation of the Provincial President, who illustrated the situation of the Province, highlighting concerns but also openings of confidence for the future; the President of the Interprovincial Coordination, made those present participate in the commitment to organize the next OCDS National Conference from 12 to 15 July 2023; and finally the National Formation Manager, explained how the group of Provincial Formators is working to monitor the initial formation of the Provinces and the use of the new national formation process.

Father Miguel entertained us with personal episodes related to the teaching received from his parents, to his first moments of fear after his election as General and to the subsequent trustingly handing himself over into God’s hands. In his essential and incisive speech he indicated some key words, some challenges on which to reflect in order to set our life on the Carmelite style.

The meeting ended with time for celebration and fraternal sharing and with a group photo as a souvenir of this beautiful experience.