On the 16th of December, just gone by, the bi-annual meeting of the General Council with the members of the General Council of the Discalced Carmelites took place in the General Curia of the O.C.D. At the beginning of the meeting the new members of the O.Carm. General Council were introduced, as it was their first time to take part in this meeting. Along with the other outstanding matters, there was a sharing about the recent General Chapter of the O.Carm., the recent assembly of the USG and the meeting of the Superiors General with Pope Francis (see CITOC 96/2013), as well as the meeting concerning cloistered nuns that took place in the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA) last November (see CITOC 100/2013)
The two councils looked at the upcoming centenaries and they studied the possibilities of joint celebrations, about which you will hear more later on.
Raúl Maraví and Carl Markelz reported on the meeting that they had on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of November at Stella Maris in Haifa with Fr. Fausto Spinelli, O.C.D. the bursar of the Delegation of Israel and President of the Joint International Commission for the Restoration of the Ruins of the First Carmelite Foundation on Mount Carmel (Wadi 'ain es-Siah).
In addition, the two General Councilors for Africa, George Desmond Tambala O.C.D. and Conrad Mutizamhepo, O.Carm. reported on the joint meeting of the Carmelite Family that took place in Malawi in July of this year and they showed a desire that in the future this event might be broadened out to include other areas of the continent.
This meeting which was held in an atmosphere of fraternity and a spirit of collaboration, took place at the O.C.D. Curia. The next meeting will be held on the 2nd of June, 2014 in our Curia house.