In April, the Secular Order and the Confraternities of Our Lady of Mount Carmel met in the La Sabatina parish in Mexico City. Members of communities and confraternities from all over the country were present. After a solemn Eucharistic celebration, the participants were able to share fraternally the beauty of their vocation in Carmel.
The Secular Order has recently elected its Provincial Council which, in communion with all communities, seeks to promote unity and dialogue. For their part, the Confraternities of Our Lady of Mount Carmel have demonstrated their fidelity to the devotion and service of the Virgin. In Mexico there is a large number of Confraternities of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, some of which are very old and have their own statutes. There is a close collaboration between the Secular Order and the Confraternities of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Each recognizes the unique and special vocation of the other. All feel brothers and sisters, all members of Carmel under the protection of the Virgin Mary and very proud to be at her service.
The meeting was marked by several very special moments, full of joy and reflection. Discussed were identity, membership of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, the current reality and the challenges of the communities. The need to promote vocations and synodality was emphasized.