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Brussels celebration to mark the the 4th centenary of the death of Fr. Jerome Gracián.

This year marks the 4th centenary of the death of Fr. Jerome Gracián who died in Brussels in 1614 (citoc-online 3/2014). Fr. Gracián was the friend and supporter of St. Teresa of Avila. On Sunday the 21st September 2014 at 15.30h at Couvent des Carmes,

Avenue de la Toison d’Or, 45, Mass will be celebrated at the location of the house where he died in Brussels, Belgium. The principal celebrant and preacher will be the Superior General of the Discalced Carmelites, Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, OCD. Present also will be the Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., the Vice-Prior General, Fr. Christian Körner, O.Carm. and Fr. John Keating, O.Carm., Councillor General for Europe.

In addition, on the 12th and 13th November next, as previously noted, a conference will be held in Madrid (calle Ayala) on Gracián with the participation of a number of scholars. This event will conclude with a Mass on the 14th November at the Church of San José in Madrid (former convent of San Hermenegildo), celebrated by the Prior General. More detailed information about this congress will be sent in the coming months.


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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. 

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