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Convocation Letter of the Carmelite Family JPIC Congress, Fatima, 2017


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Re: Carmelite Family JPIC Congress, Fatima, 2017

Dear Fr Provincial/ Commissary Provincial/ Delegate,

Dear Mother General/ Sr Coordinator/ JPIC Promoter

I write to inform you that the Carmelite Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation is organizing a Carmelite Family JPIC Congress scheduled for 22-28 July 2017 at Casa Sao Nuno, Fatima, Portugal. July 22, 2017 will be the day of arrival and participants depart on July 29, 2017.

The Congress is being organized for Friars and Sisters involved in the promotion of JPIC activities. These may include Province or Congregational Justice and Peace coordinators/ animators or brothers and sisters who are considering to minister in the area of justice, peace and integrity of creation.

We thank those communities and individual members of the Carmelite Family who responded to our invitation to answer the JPIC Questionnaire of September 2015-May 2016. During our last Commission meeting in July 2016 we observed that many Carmelites from various branches of the family are involved in ministries connected with issues of promoting justice and peace in their personal, community and professional lives. By offering this Congress, we are aiming to:

  1. to bring together and allow for sharing among Carmelite JPIC coordinators or animators;
  2. understanding JPIC
  3. share on best practices in promoting the ministries of JPIC
  4. equip promoters with skills of animation, coordination, collaboration and communication;
  5. engage with Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si and its relation to Carmelites.

The theme of the Congress is: Carmel engages with Laudato Si: Hearing both the cry of the poor and of the earth (cf. LS. 49).

The estimated cost per participant depends on whether one chooses to share a room with another or not. We have made a provisional booking at Casa Sao Nuno Hotel for 20 single rooms per participant with an expected cost of accommodation and food of Euro 820.00 and 18 rooms for participants sharing at Euro 550.00. This means that we would be expecting around 76 participants if all rooms are taken up according to our calculations. Furthermore participants are responsible for their own travel costs.

The closing date for registration is May 1, 2017. If the numbers of participants are not good enough to cover the costs we will cancel the meeting. It is therefore important that information be spread as quickly as possible so that prospective participants may prepare in good time.

The administration at Casa Sao Nuno pointed out that they would like to deal with the Carmelite General Bursar. Participants are therefore advised to pay their Congress fees to the Carmelite General Curia Account. The Account details are as follows:

Name of Bank:                                  BANCA POPOLARE di SONDRIO Ag. 11

Via Carlo Alberto n.6/a

00185 Roma, Italia


Name of Account:                            CURIA GENERALIZIA DEI CARMELITANI

                                                            Via Giovanni Lanza, 138

00184 Roma, Italia

Numero del Conto (Check No)     3147X53

IBAN CODICE:                    IT58 R056 9603 2000 0000 3147 X53 (International)

BIC-SWIFT:                           POSOIT22 (Codice della Banca/ Bank Code)

We encourage all Carmelite Family entities to send representatives from your branch of the Order, male or female.

Those who require invitation letters to get to Fatima, please write for a letter of invitation to facilitate visa applications to the General Commissary, Fr Ricardo dos Reis Rainho at this email address:

God bless you and may Our Lady of Mt Carmel and the Prophet Elijah inspire us to put into practice the words of our Lord Jesus Christ of bringing glad tidings to the poor and proclaiming liberty to captives (cf. Lk 4:18).


Yours fraternally in Carmel,

Conrad Mutizamhepo, O.Carm
Preside CCJPIC

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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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