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25 Years of Affiliation of the Donum Dei Missionary Family


Last Sunday, the 19th of February, in the Church of St. Eustachio in the heart of Rome, a Mass was celebrated in thanksgiving for the 25 years of affiliation to the Carmelite Order of the Donum Dei Missionary Family.

The celebration was led by the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., The concelebrants included members of the General Curia, the Prior and members of the community of CISA, the Prior Provincial of the North American Province of St. Elias, Fr. Mario Esposito, O.Carm., and a number of priest friends of Donum Dei. The Responsable General (Family Leader) Agnés Brethome, expressed her gratitude for this affiliation which was the fulfilment of the desire of the Founder, Fr. Marcel Roussel, expressed in his much remember prayer to the Blessed Virgin, “Prenez nous dans votre famille”, ("Receive us into your family”). In his homily, the Prior General spoke about the very fruitful collaboration there has been with the Donum Dei Family especially in a number of missions of the Order and he congratulated them on behalf of the whole Carmelite Family.

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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."