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Inauguration of the new "Casa San Nuno" in Fátima

102/2010-17-11

After changing its name immediately after the canonization and the important renovations that took place in the last two years, the new "Casa San Nuno" was inaugurated in Fátima, Portugal, on 14th November in memory of all of the saints of the Order.

All of the accommodations were reorganized, creating new rooms and gathering spaces named after Carmelite saints. The furnishings were also modernized, and it is now equipped with modern computer technology and other equipment for conferences and meetings.


The ceremony began with the celebration of solemn vespers, presided by the bishop of Leiria Fátima, António Marto. Afterwards, a PowerPoint presentation was shown, illustrating the history of the house and the improvements made. Among the others who participated in this meeting were: the mayor of Ourém, the rector of the sanctuary of Fátima, the head of tourism for the Leiria Fátima region, the Provincial of the discalced Carmelites, Fr. Pedro Ferreira, OCD, the President of CIRP (Conference of Religious Institutes of Portugal) and the Commissary General of Portugal, Fr. Agostinho Castro, O. Carm. The celebration was concluded by the Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O. Carm., who underlined the international dimension of the house whose cornerstone was blessed by Prior General Killian Lynch, O. Carm. in 1955. Fr. Fernando highlight ed the importance of the house for Lay Carmelites. It was here that CITOC was born, which at the beginning meant "Centre of Information for the Carmelite Third Order."

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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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