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Carmelites and the Second Vatican Council


The Institutum Carmelitanum and the community of St. Albert’s International Centre (CISA) are holding a series of evening lectures under the title, “Carmelites and the Second Vatican Council”, at CISA each month until this coming May. The idea is to let people know about the importance of the Vatican Council for the life and work of the Order.

The first lecture, on the 13th of December, was given by Fr. Claudemir Rozin, O.Carm.  (Par) on the theme, “A Church of Communion. The Ecclesiology of the Carmelite Rule in the Light of Vatican II”. The second was given on the 10th of January by the Prior of CISA, Míceál O’Neill, O.Carm., on the theme, “The Church in the World. The Commitment of Carmelites to Justice and Peace”. In the coming months further lectures will be given by Carmelites on the universal call to holiness, on the members of the Order who took part in the Council and on the liturgy. As part of the programme a book will be launched on the life and witness, and contribution to the Vatican Council of the Carmelite bishop, Donal Lamont (1911-2003).

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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."