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91st General Assembly of the USG

Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, OCarm., Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ. and Saverio Cannistrà, OCD
82/2018 – 24 – 11

The past 21-23 November in the "Casa Divin Maestro" of Ariccia (Rome, Italy) the 91st biannual Assembly of the Union of Superiors General (USG) took place. Its theme was: "Young people, faith , discernment. We start again from the Synod " In it the members of the USG who participated in the Synod of Bishops in October shared with the assembly their experiences of it whereupon the various groups analyzed some of the fundamental ideas of the final document.

Likewise, the members reflected on how to live and develop the key ideas of the document in the different religious families. The two superior generals, Fernando Millán Romeral, OCarm., and Saverio Cannistrà, OCD, participated on behalf of the Carmelite family.

The assembly elected as the new President of the Union, Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ and as Vice President, Fr. Michael Brehl, CSsR. Likewise, the representatives of the various "categories" of monks, mendicants, canons regular, clerical congregations, etc., were elected to the Executive Council.

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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."