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The bi-annual meeting of the O.Carm and O.C.D. General Councils


On the 17th of December, last, the bi-annual meeting of our General Council with the members of the General Council of the Discalced Carmelites took place. Among other items on the agenda, information was shared about the General Congregation (O.Carm.) which took place in Niagara Falls in September, 2011,

and the Extraordinary Definitory of the  Discalced Carmelites, which took place in Ariccia, Rome in the same month. The two councils analysed together the new texts of the Carmelite liturgy in different languages. In addition, an in-depth conversation took place in relation to a possible collaboration in the restoration of the Wadi 'ain es-Siah, on Mount Carmel. It is expected that a joint commission will be set up to study the legal and financial problems involved in such a restoration, that is so necessary for this important location. The meeting, which was held in the OCD Curia, took place in a good atmosphere and in a spirit of fraternal collaboration. The next meeting will take place in March in our Curia house.

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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."