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Lectio Divina June 2018


Pope's Prayer Intentions for June 2018

Universal: Social Networks

That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.





CISA -  25-29 JUNE 2018 - ROME

The final message of the international Carmelite liturgical congress 16-20 April 2018


“Offer to God the Sacrifice of Praise”  (Psalm 50:14)

The Carmelite International Congress on the Liturgy took place from 16-20 April 2018 at Il Carmelo in Sassone, Rome with 32 participants drawn from across the Order. The Prior General presided at the opening Eucharist and then welcomed the participants. He encouraged us to recognize the link between Carmelite Spirituality and Liturgy (Constitutions 71 & 86).

Lectio Divina May 2018


Pope's Prayer Intentions for May 2018

Evangelization: The Mission of the Laity
That the lay faithful may fulfil their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.

Lectio Divina: May - Mayo - Maggio 2018


Lectio Divina April 2018


Pope's Prayer Intentions for April 2018

Universal: For Those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters

That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.

Lectio Divina March 2018


Pope's Prayer Intentions for March 2018

Formation in Spiritual Discernment
That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.

Council Agenda 2018-2019


Agenda and Activities of the General Council in 2018-2019 - (still updating)

For privacy reason, names of the General Council are not allowed to put in the agenda. For more information about the agenda and activities of the General Council, please contact the secretarial office of the Curia Generalizia dei Carmelitani.

A.D. 2018

Lectio Divina February 2018


Pope's Prayer Intentions for February 2018

Universal: Say “No” to Corruption

That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.

Lectio Divina January 2018


Pope's Prayer Intentions for January 2018

Evangelization: Religious Minorities in Asia

That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practise their faith in full freedom.



By Fr. Joseph Tri Phan, O.Carm

Rome - 12/07/2017

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)

Lectio Divina December 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for December 2017

The Elderly
That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

Lectio Divina November 2017

Candle and light

Pope's Prayer Intentions for November 2017

Christians in Asia
That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.

From Mary to Mary, From Mother to Daughter, From Teacher to Disciple

the statue of the Aparecida

Rafael Fonsêca, pré-noviço carmelita

From Mary to Mary, From Mother to Daughter, From Teacher to Disciple

The Marian spirituality of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face


Lectio Divina October 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for October 2017

Workers and the Unemployed
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

A reflection on the Pope's visit in Colombia

The Carmelite youth group at the Visit of the Pope in Columbia

Father Pedro Arenas, O.Carm

(Colombia - 09/12/2017)

The recent visit of Pope Francis to Colombia was a blessing. Just two days ago he returned to Rome and here we are experiencing how sad and difficult to be able to return to everyday life, to be without him. Everything smells like Francisco. We all continued thinking and saying something about him. He spoke the truth of the Gospel from his heart to the hearts of all and we all understood him, from the youngest to the most reluctant. Colombia was different. For five days, after more than seventy years, we began to feel brotherhood again and to be moved by the dream of being reconciled.

Lectio Divina September 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for September 2017


That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.

The Word Of God In Our Carmelite Journey




My heart overflows with noble words…. (Psalm 45)


Prepared by The General Commission for Evangelization and Mission

1. The Word That Visits Me in The Silence Of My Solitude

Then a voice came to me….

Lectio Divina August 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for August 2017


That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.

Letter of the Prior General for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel 2017

Letter from Fr Fernando

Fernando Millán Romeral O.Carm.


Dear brothers and sisters of the Carmelite family:

          The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is approaching and, like every year, I want to send you an affectionate greeting with my most sincere congratulations.  I hope that the feast and all the celebrations of these days (novenas, processions, religious and cultural events, etc.) will be an occasion to honor Mary under this title so popular and endearing and so dear to all of us Carmelites.  May these celebrations touch our hearts, inspire our living of the charism, and transform our lives so that we become more and more faithful to the values of the Gospel.

Lectio Divina July 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for July 2017

Lapsed Christians
That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.

Lectio Divina June 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for June 2017

National Leaders

That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.

Be a Brother, Be a Prophet


Carmelite Youth Group
Curinga, Italy

"The root of brotherhood, then, is faith, adhesion to the plans of the Lord, to his way of living and dying. And the fruits of brotherhood are freedom, joy, peace." This quote from the reflection of the Carmelite youth group in Curinga, Italy will help the Carmelites and those who want to follow the Carmelite Charism experience the values of the Carmel Call - vocation.

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Be a Brother, Be a Prophet

Carmelite Youth Group
Curinga, Italy

Lectio Divina May 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for May 2017

Christians in Africa
That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.

Why pray, today?


Kilian Healy, O. Carm. Prior General

Something strange is happening in the Church today. We are told people are praying less. Time and again many young people, even in religious life and in our seminaries are asking the question: Why pray?

Lectio Divina April 2017


Pope's Prayer Intentions for April 2017

Young People. 
That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.

As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister." 


by Dr. Radut