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Electronic newsletter for the Lay Carmelites III-No2-MMXVI


We are quite pleased to bring to you the latest E-Bulletin for the Carmelite Laity around the world.

The main highlight of the new issue is the conclusion of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy featuring two excellent articles. The first one is about the official celebrations at the end of this special year, and the second one tells about the Pilgrimage that both the General Council of the Carmelites (O.Carm.) and the General Definitory of the Discalced Carmelitas (O.C.D.) celebrated together at St. Peter’s Basilica.

The past few months were rich in activities by different groups of the Carmelite Laity in different parts of the planet. In the Philippines one TOC community organized a fantastic meal with nearly 600 parishioners on occasion of their anniversary of canonical foundation, while the fast growing TOC group at the Catholic University of St. Thomas celebrated the simply profession of one seminarian and the reception into the novitiate of a second one. Our brothers and sisters in Australia were also busy as they gathered at the National Assembly, where they discussed different themes in order to develop the Order in their country and elected a new council. The Carmelite Family in Australia also shared the happiness of one of its members, as he received an honorary recognition from the Holy See for his dedication and work after WWII in Europe and later in Australia. In Puerto Rico one of the oldest TOC communities in the Caribbean welcomed the Archbishop of San Juan, who crowned the beautiful statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel that has been venerated for over two centuries in that island.

As the Carmelite Family keeps growing, it does too in Africa, where nearly 40 representatives from different African countries gathered to share their initiatives and projects for the future.

Finally, World Youth Day was celebrated in Poland, and many members of our Carmelite Youth had the opportunity to be there. This issue features a nice article on the experiences they lived in Cracow listening to Pope Francis and sharing with so many other young people during the Carmelite WYD.

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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." 


news | by Dr. Radut