28 September 2023

Colombia: 18th National Congress of Discalced Carmelite Seculars

From 4th to 8th August the 18th National Congress of the OCDS in Colombia, was held at La Mesa de los Santos (Santander).  Carmelite Seculars from all the regions of Colombia where they are present (Bogota, Bucara...

25 September 2023

Italy: OCDS National Congress

Secular Carmelites from all the Italian OCDS Provinces gathered in considerable numbers in Ariccia from the 12th to 15th July to celebrate their National Congress.  The theme for this year’s meeting was “The sear...

22 September 2023

Spain: Seminar on Intellectual Life among Discalced Carmelites

From 27 to 29 June, CITeS (Avila) hosted a seminar on intellectual life in the Discalced Carmelite Order.  There were 17 participants from 6 different countries (Spain, France, England, Italy, Poland and Switzerland).  Their discussions and refl...

16 September 2023

Young OCD Associates begin YOUTH DAY in Fatima

Prior to proceeding to Lisbon for the official  YOUTH  DAY  celebrations with Pope Francis, some young OCD Associates gathered in Fatima under Our Blessed Lady’s mantle on 31 July.  We were about 200, coming from different countries and thre...

30 July 2023

Secular Carmel in Venezuela

The latest OCDS statistics in Venezuela show that there are eight canonically erected communities and four in the process of being established. There are about 150 active members. There are also projects for foundations in different places. The OC...

27 July 2023

Secular Carmel in Peru

There are OCDS communities in Peru present in the cities of Abancay, Arequipa, Cusco, Ica, Lima and Trujillo. There are 165 members in various stages of the formation. The national formation program was recently approved, which is about to be appl...

24 July 2023

Ivory Coast: two jubilees at the Carmelite nuns’ monastery in Logbakro

On Saturday, June 17, 2023, at the Carmelite nuns’ monastery in Logbakro, two jubilees were celebrated, one golden and the other silver: that of Sr Marie Pacis of Jesus and that of Sr Marie Bernadette of Eternal Love. Religious men and wo...

22 July 2023

Malawi: Canonical erection of new OCDS Communities

The canonical erection of the OCDS communities of St. Joseph and Our Lady of Hope, in Malawi, took place last May. The solemn ceremonies of canonical erection brought much joy to everyone and great celebrations were organized. We are gratef...

18 July 2023


Inauguration of the Academic Year 2023-24 and Lectio brevis The inauguration of the academic year 2023-24 of the Pushpashrama Institute of Philosophy and Religion took place on June 3rd Saturday. The solemn inaug...

14 July 2023

Brazil: 16th OCDS Provincial Congress of the North/Northeast

From the 8th to the 11th of June 2023, the 16th Provincial Congress of the North/Northeast OCDS of the Province of São José took place in Fortaleza, Ceará. After two years of absence due to the pandemic, the Congress was e...

10 July 2023

Australia: Celebrating 1st Centenary of St Thérèse’s Beatification

On Saturday, the 29th of April 2023, the St John of the Cross OCDS Community, Melbourne, gathered in the parish of the Good Shepherd Church in Gladstone Park, Victoria, to celebrate the first centenary of the beatification of St Thérèse of the C...

6 July 2023

Italy: Therese and her parents voyage to Rome

At the initiative of the Pontifical Russicum College in Rome, the relics of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and her parents, Louis and Zélie Martin, came on pilgrimage to Rome from the 6th to the 16th of June. On Jun...

28 June 2023

Burkina Faso: first Carmelite Day

The first Carmelite Day in Burkina Faso took place on Sunday, April 30, 2023 at the monastery of our O.Carm Friars, in Bobo-Dioulasso. Ninety-two people from the cities of Gourcy, Ouagadougou, Nouna, Dédougou and Bobo-Dioulasso took part in this ...

23 June 2023

Cuba: a visit to the Secular Carmel and the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The Secular Carmel has a long history in Cuba. The communities of the cities of Havana and Matanzas continue to enrich their respective dioceses with their lives of prayer and service. We had the opportunity to meet María Marta of the Virgen of C...

18 June 2023

Madagascar : A truly exceptional meeting

From Monday 17 April to Sunday 7 May 2023, the Lord gathered the Carmelite nuns of the Indian Ocean (Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion Island) and France, for a three-week formation meeting, in Itaosy, at the house of our Carmelite friars, who were g...