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News from the Carmelite monasteries

News from the Carmelite monasteries
64/2019 – 08 – 09

On the 22nd of August, the first monastery in Mozambique was opened, dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima, located next to the formation house of the Carmelite friars. This foundation, the desire of the monastery of Moncorvo (Portugal), is formed by two Portuguese nuns and three nuns from the Kenyan monastery of Machakos; it became a reality thanks to the Province of Pernambuco, responsible for the Mozambican mission, that donated the land, and to the financial contribution of the General Commissariat of Portugal. The inauguration celebration, led by the Archbishop of Maputo, Francisco Chimoio, OFMCap, was attended by the Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, the General Delegate for Carmelite Nuns, Fr. Mario Alfarano, the Councillor General for Africa, Fr. Conrad Mutizamhepo, the Provincial of Pernambuco, Fr. Sormani Barbosa, the Commissary of Portugal, Fr. Ricardo Rainho, the Superior of the Mozambican mission, Fr. Altamiro Tenorio da Paz, along with other priests, religious men and women, and numerous faithful.
In the same vein, on the 31st of July, the Holy See approved the new foundation of Kitui, in Kenya. The foundresses, all from the monastery of Machakos, will move to the new monastery as soon as the construction, which the bishop of Kitui is situating next to the new diocesan shrine, is completed.
Also on the 31st of July, the Holy See approved the entrance of the "Mater Unitatis" monastery of Montiglio, in Italy, into the Federation of St. Maria Maddalena de 'Pazzi. This monastery, the desire of Card. Pellegrino and of Sr. Maria Paola of the Holy Spirit, was founded in 1971 by the community of Florence and continues to have a strong connection with the spirituality and teachings of the Florentine saint.

 

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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."