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14 February 2023

Federal Assembly of the Carmelite Nuns of Our Lady of the Isles (Réunion, Mauritius, Madagascar)

The Assembly of the Carmelite Nuns of Our Lady of the Isles was held from Monday 14 to Tuesday 22 November 2022 at Antsirabé (Madagascar), at the Spiritual Center of Notre Dame du Fiat.

The Assembly began with a session held by Father Jérôme Paluku, ocd (Secretary for Missionary Cooperation) for the bursars and the Prior on the management of community goods. The excellent pedagogy of the lecturer and the sharing in groups made it possible to quickly discover the keys to good management. Father Michel ocd, assistant of the Federation, spoke to us about St Teresa of Avila’s idea of what the Prioress should be as well as discernment in the use of the means of communication in the contemplative life. Afterwards elections were held. Sister Marie-Yolaine Dehal of the Carmelite monastery of Notre Dame du Grand Large, on the island of Réunion, has been re-elected for a new three-year term.

The typical joy of the sons and daughters of Saint Teresa was manifested in the fraternal atmosphere of the meeting, with dances and moments of recreation.

Three bishops highlighted the Assembly by their visit and their sharing. We received their blessings with gratitude! This anthology of graces was extended with the visit of the site of the first foundation of the Carmelite Nuns in Madagascar, today in the possession of the Salesian Fathers.