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Activities of the Prior General

42/2015-06-05

As part of the visitation of the British Province and accompanied by Fr. John Keating, O. Carm., Councillor General for Europe, the Prior General celebrated a thanksgiving Eucharist on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the National Shrine of St. Jude in Faversham and of the various bodies linked to it.

Although the Carmelites took over the parish of Faversham in 1929, this popular shrine in southern England was solemnly inaugurated in 1955. The Prior General expressed his gratitude to the staff of the "Guild of St. Jude" which is based there and which has generously contributed to the missions of the Order.

On the 18th April, the Prior General together with the Superior General of the Discalced Carmelites, Fr Saverio Cannistrà participated in the annual meeting organized by the Institute of "San Pier Tommaso" of the Carmelite students of San Martino ai Monti in Rome. Taking part also were members of the Carmelite family . This year the meeting was dedicated to the teaching of St. Teresa of Avila; Fr. Saverio gave a conference on "The Christian Way of Santa Teresa" and the Prior General presided at the Eucharist. During his homily the Prior General emphasized the importance of  St. Teresa in rediscovering our Carmelite identity.

On the occasion of the closure of the VII Centenary of the death of St. Albert of Jerusalem, the Prior General preached a retreat for the community of Discalced nuns of the monastery on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. The central theme was the inspiration that St. Alberto with his "Formula vitae" and St. Teresa of Avila might offer during this year for consecrated life.

Finally, on the 1st of May he attended a meeting of Carmelite laity of the Neapolitan Province, at Foggia in Italy. During the meeting, attended by about 300 participants from various communities, there was a panel discussion addressing the topic "Christians? Lay Carmelites? Have we a future?" There was also a musical, prepared by the parish community, called "Santa Teresa in verse and music."

During this period the Prior General visited the monasteries of Madrid in Spain, where he had the opportunity to meet the prioress of the Federation "Mater Unitatis" at an extraordinary general meeting (CITOC-online 38/2015), and also that of Fisciano in Italy.

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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."