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Power Points on Formation course in Brazil 2010

  • Carmelite Culture, Identity and The Need for Balance
  • The Identity of the Carmelite Formator
  • Prayer, Spiritual Direction Silence, taking care of the interior life, the foundation for ongoing formation.
  • The Role and Responsibility of The Formator in The Journey of Vocation
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Anchored in Hope (Heb 6:18-19)

“If we want to build communities in which there is an abundance of life, then we must recognise who and what we are and what it means for us to be alive... Religious communities are like ecological systems. A rare frog will need its own ecosystem if it needs to flourish...

The International Formators’ Course

Ordinarily, a 10th Anniversary may not seem like a very significant event to celebrate, however, it has been ten years since the second edition of the Ratio Institutionis Vitae Carmelitanae (RIVC) was published. The RIVC has been described as the fundamental document for formation in the Order, and as the best document the Order

Formation

Looking at formation within the Order today the picture is indeed a positive one. This is not to say that there are not problems. In the older provinces in Europe, the United States and Australia, the numbers of those joining the Order are small, but across the continents of Asia, Africa and South America we see an expansion that is bringing with it new life and many vocations. Following the General Chapter of 2007, the General Council set up a new international formation commission.

On-going formation course in the Holy Land

During the General Congregation of the Order at Niagara Falls, Canada, last September, an on-going formation course in the Holy Land from 29th August to 12th September 2012 was announced. In a letter to the provincials last November inviting them to send participants to this course it stated that the theme of the programme would be Back to the Sources,

The Role of MARY in Carmelite Formation

When the first Carmelites came together on Mount Carmel some 800 years ago, they were embarking on a new quest. They were seeking the presence of God by contemplating deeply the Scriptures along with their own experiences. In this quest for God, they came to see the Blessed Virgin Mary as their preeminent guide. The earliest Carmelites were attentive to the scripture passage that described Mary as keeping “all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”

Asian Formators Conference, Cikanyere, Indonesia, 25-30 May 2010

Asian Formators Conference, Cikanyere, Indonesia, 25-30 May 2010 The Asia-Australia-Oceania Formators Conference was held in Cikanyere, Indonesia from 25th to 30th May 2010. Although the facilitator, Fr. Joseph Chalmers, O. Carm., was unable to come due to unforeseen problems, the conference ran smoothly using procedures Fr. Chalmers provided for use in his absence.

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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."