29 May 2023

Peru: the parish of Saint John of the Cross in Lambramani takes part in the Parade for Life and the Family

On April 16, as a parish, we joyfully took part in the Parade for Life and the Family, an event organized by the Regional Coordination Committee for Life. In the morning, the members of our parish prepared our float for the event. We then t...

25 May 2023

Burundi: Approval of the Statutes of the “Friends of Carmel”

On Sunday, March 19, 2023, the Statutes of the “Friends of Carmel” were approved for five years Ad experimentum. The group began on January 12, 2017 at the Carmelite Monastery of Bujumbura. On that same day their current resid...

21 May 2023

Panama: the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel celebrates the OCDS Day

In an atmosphere of joyful fraternity, on  March 23, we celebrated the Eucharist marking the Day for the Secular Carmel, on the occasion of their 429th anniversary. Fr. Victorino Bal, Assistant of the OCDS Communities in our country pr...

16 May 2023

Filippines: canonical establishment of the OCDS Community of St Joseph and St John of the Cross

On Sunday, March 19, 2023, the Provincial Delegate of the OCDS, Father Alex Collera OCD, presided over the Eucharistic celebration of the canonical erection of the Community of St. Joseph and St. John of the Cross in the Carmelite Chapel of Upper ...

10 May 2023

England: Canonical establishment of the OCDS Community of Blessed Marie Eugene

The Blessed Marie Eugene OCDS community, born 6 years ago at Boars Hill, Oxford, England, when the St Elijah community of the same place had grown too large and five members had felt ready and inspired to leave to form a new community, was officia...

19 April 2023

SYRIA: Chronicle from destruction and hope… FEBRUARY 25-27, 2023

Saturday the 25th of February 2023 Destination Aleppo   After the days spent in Iraq celebrating the 400th anniversary of the presence of the Carmelites in the land...

19 April 2023

400 years of the presence of Carmel in Iraq

It has been 400 years since the Discalced Carmelites first arrived in these lands of Iraq. It was in Basra, southern Iraq, not far from the Persian Gulf. Though today the Mission is under the responsibility of the Paris Province, the founder was P...

28 March 2023

Syria: Carmelite Sisters of Aleppo take in ten families after the earthquake

In Aleppo, after the recent earthquake on February the 6th, all the nuns were safe and sound. Fortunately their monastery was well built and did not suffer any structural damage. Eight nuns live in the monastery. Their house has ...

25 March 2023

Central African Republic: Fr. Norberto OCD’s car blown up by a mine

Father Norberto Pozzi, 71, comes from the Ligurian Province. In 1980, he left for the Central African Republic, where he worked as a bricklayer-surveyor for 8 years in the Bozoum mission. After returning to Italy he became a Carmelite priest and i...

21 March 2023

Lebanon: Interreligious Meeting

The Discalced Carmelites of Tripoli and the Monastery of St. Francis, the Pro Terra Sancta Association, the Religion and Security Council, the Life and Reconciliation Association, the Adyan Foundation, the Network of Religious Leaders of Tripoli a...

18 March 2023

The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites reborn in Israel

About two years ago, a group of lay people from different cultures wondered about the possibility of founding a community of Secular Carmel at Stella Maris, on Mount Carmel, and began to organize themselves and inquire about the procedure to be fo...

15 March 2023

Meeting of the Formators of Europe and the Middle East

From the 31st of January to the 2nd of February, more than thirty Formators met to discuss the revision of the Ratio Institutionis. They addressed issues related to the different phases of training and the elements t...

11 March 2023

Meeting of the Conferences of the Superiors of French- and English-speaking Africa and Madagascar

From the 21st to the 30th of January 2023, the first joint meeting of the Conferences of OCD Superiors of French- and English-speaking Africa and Madagascar was held in Yaoundé. These conferences are an important element in ...

7 March 2023


From the 6th to the 16th of February, we had the joy of having Fr General ─ Fr. Miguel in our midst, as well as the Definitor for the Middle East, Father Christophe-Marie. On February the 12th, we opened t...

28 February 2023

Italy: death of Brother Serafino, OCD

On Sunday, January 15, he was born to heaven at the age of 90. Born in Gioia del Colle, Puglia, on September 2nd, 1932, Serafino Melchiorre, attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. He was professed in Carmel on 3rd of Ju...