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General Commissions

The General Council of 2013-2019 has finished its first plenary session in Rome setting out a plan for the next six years implementing the decisions made by the General Chapter held in Sassone in September 2013. Members for General Commissions are also invited into these offices:

Communication Commission

  • Christian Körner (praeses)
  • Sebastian Benchea (Ita)
  • Joseph Hung Tran (SEL)
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Back to the Sources - O.Carm. and O.C.D. Project for Wadi ‘ain es-Siah

Perhaps for many the name “Wadi Es Siah” quickens their heartbeat, for others it is just a foreign expression like many others. For those who for many years have visited and walked through the valley on Mount Carmel near Haifa, called Wadi Es Siah, it is a mystical place imbued with memories, ever old and ever new.

A Message from the two General Councils, OCarm and OCD to the whole Carmelite Family

In this Year of Faith, we, the members of the two General Councils OCarm. and OCD, came on pilgrimage to Aylesford, England. This is a significant place for the entire Carmelite Family. In fact, in this place, where we are writing this message to you on the feast of St. Simon Stock, are the remains of the ancient Carmelite house which was founded in 1242 by some of the pilgrim-hermits from Mount Carmel.

Evangelization through the Carmelite Order

Evangelization is the process which seeks to spread the Gospel and the teachings of the gospel throughout the world. Jesus instructed his followers to go out and spread the Good News. As Catholics, thi


At the General Chapter of 2007 it was agreed to unite all of Europe into one geographical area having one General Councilor responsible for the whole area. Up to this Europe was divided into North and South. The Global Plan of the General Council (2007-2013) states: “Uniting the two regions of Europe into one geographical area presents us with


From among the projects for Africa in these 6 years that emerged from the General Chapter in 2007, we would like to present the present-day situation and that which will be realized in the following days.


As a General Councilor, I would like to continue building cooperation among Carmelites in the region, and making more contribution to the whole Order. In order to achieve this, clear and constructive communication is needed to facilitate collaboration and consolidation in the whole regional Carmelite Family.  



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."