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The Prior General’s Invitation to the Carmelite Family


On the 21st of December, 2015, the Prior General sent a letter to all the leaders of the Carmelite Family informing them of some of the events and initiatives that will be part of the celebrations of the 450th anniversary, and inviting all to think about setting up moments of formation and diffusion of this figure in provinces, monasteries, religious communities and groups of laity.  Fr. Fernando wrote that “The anniversary year opens on April 2, 2016, the anniversary of her birth, and will close on May 25, 2017. As I have mentioned before, the celebration of an anniversary is not an exercise in archeology but an opportunity to discover new inspirations from the great figures that preceded us in order that we might, living out our Carmelite vocation, announce the Gospel with renewed enthusiasm. St. Mary Magdalene is a great mystic who can assist us in our own spirituality”. He went on to say, “we must confess, however, that she is poorly understood. Therefore, the purpose for this 450th anniversary is to deepen our knowledge of our sister, find connections to our own lives, and, above all, to disseminate what we discover not only within the Carmelite Family but within the Church community in which we live as well”. 

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