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The Bi-annual Ordinary Meeting of the O.Carm. and O.C.D. General Councils


On the 15th of December just gone by the bi-annual meeting of our General Council with the members of the General Council of the Discalced Carmelites took place in the O.C.D. General Curia. Since this was the first meeting with the new O.C.D. General Council, it began with the introductions of all the participants. Then, Fr. Saverio Cannistrà gave a brief account of the O.C.D. General Chapter which was held in Avila last May. Following that there was a very positive review of the 4th ALACAR Congress (Association of Latin American Carmelites) which took place in San Salvador last November (Citoc-online 85/2015).

At this meeting it was decided that the two General, would write a letter to mark the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy and that both councils would have one common celebration of this event and that more information about this will be given in due course.

In like manner, the two councils talked about the various events that are in the offing such as the celebration of the 450th anniversary of the birth of St. Mary Magdalen de’Pazzi, the respective plans for the “Carmelite Day” that will be part of the World Youth Day, in Kracow next July, and the work that both orders are doing in relation to the updating of their respective constitutions. Fr. Cannistrà reported on the work that is being done in conjunction with both the local authority in Haifa and the government department with responsibility for archeological sites, in relation to the restoration and conservation of the first foundation in the Wadi es-Siah.

Lastly, both groups set the date for the next extraordinary meeting (which is celebrated every three years, lasting a full week). It will take place in November 2016, probably at Mount Carmel (Israel). The meeting concluded with a meal at which the councils exchanged Christmas gifts in a very joyful and fraternal setting.

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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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