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The 23rd Assembly of the Carmelite Family in the Iberian Region

48/2017 – 04 – 07

The 23rd assembly of the Carmelite Family in the Iberian Region took place at the Casa Sao Nuno in Fatima from the 30th of June to the 3rd of July. It was organised by the Portuguese Commissariat. Some 160 people took part, including lay people, religious women, nuns, friars and the international novitiate in Salamanca. The theme of the meeting was, "Fatima and Carmel", honouring the celebration of the first centenary of the apparitions (1917-2017). The two Superiors General of the "Orihuela" and "Malaga" Carmelite Sisters, three Priors provincial of the Iberian Region, the Federal Mother of the Nuns of the Betica province and the board of the Karit NGO also attended. Mgr. Luciano Guerra, Rector of the Fatima Basilica, spoke to the assembly about the "Message and Spirituality of Fatima".Fr. Desiderio García, O.Carm., stood in for Fr. Rafael María López Melús, recovering from illness, and shared with the assembly his reflections on "Fatima and Carmel". Fr. Pedro Bravo, O.Carm. brought the meeting to a close with an address on the theme, "Carmel and Fatima, Prophecy of Salvation".

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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." 


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