There was an International Course for Carmelite Formators from around the world in Camocim de São Félix, Brazil from 1st to 15th August 2010. The two-week course provided an opportunity for the 69 participants to engage in a common reflection on the Ratio Institutionis Vitae Carmelitanae (RIVC) making ten years since its publication.
There were four main areas of discussion: the roles of formator and formandi; the interior spiritual journey; human development and the vows; internationality, inculturation and fraternity. The presentations focused on the existing RIVC text together new material drafted for inclusion in a new edition.
Principal speakers were: Frs. Desiderio García Martinez (Arag), Michael Plattig (GerS), Quinn Conners (PCM) and Carlos Mesters (Flum). A paper from Charlò Camilleri (Mel), who had Visa difficulties, was read for the participants. There were also a number of special topics addressed by Frs. John Keating (Curia), Francisco de Sales Alencar (Pern), Albertus Herwanta (Curia), Giampiero Molinari (Ita) and Raúl Maraví (Curia).
The course, which was organized by the Order's International Formation Commission, experienced the warmth of the hospitality of the Province of Pernambuco and of its Provincial, Fr. Francisco de Sales Alencar, O.Carm. The Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm was present during the first week. In his initial and closing remarks he invited the participants to a balanced and creative approach to formation.
Archbishop Antonio Muniz, O.Carm. visited the meeting for two days. Other Carmelite bishops in Brazil, who were unable to attend, sent greetings to the participants.