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Electronic newsletter for the Lay Carmelites III-No1-MMXVI


We are delighted to offer you the latest issue of the Lay Carmelite E-Bulletin. This is a special issue since this year we celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of Saint Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, a Carmelite nun from Italy, who was a renowned spiritual writer of her times. 

Through different and varied articles, this edition gives us an opportunity to learn more about the life and spirituality of St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, as well as about the different celebrations and activities organized for this special anniversary.

We cannot forget our Church is celebrating the Year of Mercy, and in this issue we can read an article encouraging us all to live this year of grace as a community, and moreover as Carmelites.

We also find two interesting articles and wonderful news from the Philippines. On the one hand, about 90 members of the Carmelite Youth, a quite active group in this country, renewed their vows in our Carmelite Order. On the other hand, a group of seminarians, most of them outstanding students from their own dioceses, made their promises to become TOC members, founding their own TOC community.

As usual, we find a nice and inspiring testimony. This time it is a woman from Kenya, who shares with us why she became a TOC member.

We would like to remind you about the new official website of the Lay Carmelites, which provides the latest news, activities, and events of the Carmelite Laity around the world, and also features many articles and lectures from and for the laity. Please bookmark and visit it at

We welcome your comments and suggestions, and would like to ask you to contribute news, articles and activities from your different communities to enrich this website.

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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."