14 September 2021

Tuesday, 14th September 2021

Today we came to the end of our General Chapter.  As the ancients said, ”ultima brevior” which means: the last must always be the briefest. The day was entirely dedicated to working on the Final Document of the Chapter and on the messa...

12 September 2021

Sunday 12th September 2021

This morning we welcomed Fr. Miceal O’Neill, O.Carm, the Prior General of the Carmelites. He shared with us his experience on some challenges for Carmelite life today. The expectations of the world to us are three: the witness of our lives, form...

11 September 2021

Saturday, 11th September 2021

Today the entire General Chapter had an audience with Pope Francis. It was arranged for 11.00. The friars made their way to the Vatican either on foot or using public transport. They had to be at the Bronze door by 10.15 in order to be conducted t...

10 September 2021

Friday, 10th September 2021

At the beginning of the morning, Fathers Francisco Javier Mena Lima, of the Caribbean Commissariat, and Fabio Silvestri, Provincial of Venice, presented the working method adopted for the revision of our Norms: the members of the commission, the r...

9 September 2021

Thursday, 9th September 2021

Today, Fr. Fausto Lincio, the Provincial of Lombardy, presided at the Eucharist. He asked us: what word could light up our journey when we find ourselves at an impasse? …  To accept that in our lives there we have experienced injustice, but it ...

8 September 2021

Wednesday 8th September 021

Today the eucharist was presided by Fr. Lazaro Iparraguirre, the Provincial of Navarre (Spain). On this day of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin he invited us to upon Mary: with faith, she knew how to recognize the presence of the Lord where she ...

7 September 2021

Tuesday, 7th September 2021

Our confreres from India took the lead in our prayer today. Fr. Joannnes Gorantla recalled that foundations are important in any building. Ours must be in Christ, whose whole life was one of an intimate relationship with the Father. This the sourc...

4 September 2021

Saturday 4th Septemer 2021

Today, our brothers from the Spanish speaking group led the liturgy. In his homily Fr Carlos Alberto Ospina Arenas, Provincial of Columbia, told us that in our diversity we must be united by the Word of God. If we hold fast to the Word of God, the...

3 September 2021

Friday, 3rd September 2022

The liturgy today was presided over by the English speaking group. Fr. Daniel Chowning ocd, in his homily, reminded us that our relationship with God is often compared by Christ to a marriage,  where one experiences the joy of intimacy with God. ...

1 September 2021

Wednesday, 1st September 2021

Today’s eucharist was presided by our Father General. Here are some elements from his homily: the interior man looks towards a horizon. He goes directly towards the interior. But this is the fruit of a journey. The interior man is naked and expe...

31 August 2021

Tuesday 31st August 2021

The mass this morning was presided  by our confrere, Mgr Oswald Escobar OCD. His homily can be summed up in these words: a spirit of discernment and to listen attentively to the Lord. At 9.00 a.m., we met in the large Chapter meeting room ...

30 August 2021

Monday 30th August 2021

The Chapter members met at 7.00 in the morning in the chapel to where they recited morning prayer together, followed by a time of quiet prayer. Then at 9.30 Fr General, Saverio Cannistra, formerly opened the General Chapter. Fr General bega...

25 August 2021

General Chapter 2021

It is with the words of Father General’s video message of 9th August that we would like to begin this Communication, slightly different from the usual. As you know, the General Chapter will be held in Rome from Monday 30th August. A total of...

8 July 2021

Interreligious meeting in Mazille Carmel (France)

On Sunday, June 6, at the Carmel of Peace (Mazille, France), Buddhists, Jews, Christians of various denominations, Muslims and non-believers met to reflect on the theme of forgiveness. Because of health measures, the assembly had to be significant...

1 July 2021

Inauguration of the Memorial to Father Jacques de Jésus

On the 2nd of June, 2021, the Memorial to Fr Jacques was inaugurated in the Avon monastery (Paris, France). The day began with Mass, at which presided Monsignor Nahmias, Bishop of Meaux. Also present were our Father General and Monsigno...