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Citoc Magazine IV-No.2-2014


This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of the death of St. Albert of Jerusalem: because of that, this edition of CITOC-magazine is centred on the commemoration of that event. The Patriarch’s letter to the hermits of Mount Carmel became our Rule. With the passing of the years it has lost nothing of its originality.

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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400 Years of Life in Praise of God and of Our Blessed Mother - - Nuestra Señora De Las Maravillas

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monastery of Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas

The nuns of the Carmelite community of the monastery of Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas in Madrid are celebrating the 4th centenary of the monastery to thank God for the wonders he has done in this community over four hundred years of existence.

The celebrations began on the 3rd of February of this year

Back to the Sources - O.Carm. and O.C.D. Project for Wadi ‘ain es-Siah

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the O.Carm. and O.C.D. Commission of Wadi

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.

The First Carmelite Monastery On Mount Carmel

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Br. Fausto Spinelli, O.C.D.

The recent excavations and the project to conserve and restore the ruins of the first Carmelite monastery situated in the Wadi 'ain es-Siah on Mount Carmel owe their existence to the interest and support given by Fr. Felipe Sainz de Baranda, General of the Discalced Carmelite Order, 1979-1991. One of the aims of the work was to preserve the entire area and its most important elements from deterioration. The work was urgently needed if parts of the remaining ruins were not to be entirely lost.

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

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(Aylesford, 10-17 May 2013)

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.

The general councils of O.Carm. and O.C.D on Mount Carmel


Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm. Prior General

Throughout the six years that the term of the General leadership lasts there are moments that are difficult, joyful, sad, emotional, moments in which one feels an extraordinary pride in our Carmelite family, and so on. At the end of last year, (from 29th November to 4th December 2010) we had one of those very intense, profound and joyful moments, in the meeting of the two General Councils, O.Carm and O.C.D.,

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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." 


by Dr. Radut