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Half yearly meeting of the General Councils O.Carm.-OCD.

90/2018 – 16 - 12

The regular six-monthly meeting of the General Councils of the Carmelites and Discalced Carmelites took place on the 13th December last at the General Curia OCD in Rome. Issues of common interest were discussed and various experiences were shared. They were informed about the preparations for our next General Chapter 2019 and there was an open and interesting exchange of ideas regarding the theme and about some canonical procedures in both Orders.

An evaluation of the experience of the last ALACAR meeting held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, last November (Citoc-online 80/2018) took place. The programme for the next joint meeting of the two Councils, which will take place in Dublin in May 2019 was presented and they exchanged some ideas on the upcoming World Youth Day, that will be held in Panama in January. It will have the participation of young people from both Orders. The two Generals then shared information regarding various initiatives which will take place in the coming months. The meeting ended with a fraternal meal, in an atmosphere of pre-Christmas joy, and with the mutual exchange of publication gifts.

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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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