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An International Marian Congress

67/2017 – 19 – 09
Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm and Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, OCD

From the 15th to the 17th of September, just gone by, an International Marian Congress, organised by the Carmelites (O.Carm. and OCD) took place at the Domus Carmeli in Fatima, to mark the first centenary of the Fatima apparitions. The title of the congress was “Maria, Mae do Carmelo” (Mary, the Mother of Carmel). The participants included the two general leaders, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm. and Saverio Cannistrà, OCD, along with several Carmelites, (lay and religious) from Spain and Portugal and representatives of other countries also. In the course of the event the speakers dwelt, from various points of view, upon the link that exists between the Fatima phenomenon and devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Marian experience of leading figures in the history of the Carmelite Order and some aspects of the marian dimension of the Carmelite charism were also studied.  The closing Eucharist was led by Bishop Vitalino Dantas, O.Carm., retired bishop of Beja, in the Chapel of San José, the Carmelite monastery in which Sr. Lucia, one of the visionaries, lived  We must thank and congratulate Fr. Ricardo Reinho, O.Carm. the Commissary General of Portugal, and Pedro Lourenço Ferreira, OCD., the Provincial of the Discalced Carmelites in Portugal, for this wonderful joint initiative.

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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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