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2 May 2024

OCD and OCarm met at Monastery in Bocca di Magra

On April 2-6, 2024, the General Councils of the OCD and of the OCarm met at the Discalced Carmelite Monastery of Santa Croce, Bocca di Magra, Liguria.

As has become the tradition since 1991, the two Councils meet twice a year, in June and December, to update each other on developments in the two branches of Carmel and discuss matters of mutual concern. Every three years, the Councils meet for an extended length of time to reflect on an agreed theme. This time they reflected on some lessons from the life and writings of St Therese of the Child Jesus with the guidance of Fr Emilio J. Martinez, OCD, professor at the Teresianum, Rome. Father Emilio reflected on two themes concerning St Therese: abandonment and mission.

At the same time, we shared and discussed a wide-range of topics about issues of mutual concern ranging from information sharing and areas of possible cooperation and collaboration: Carmelite Formation; formation of formators in the Carmelite tradition; collaboration in the renewal of Mariology and Marian life of the two traditions of Carmel; the updating of the Constitutions of the Nuns of both traditions, etc.

To read the Final Message: