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Carmelites and the Second Vatican Council – CISA Lectures


Once again this year the community of St. Albert’s International Centre and the Institutum Carmelitanum offered a series of lectures to the public. The theme this year was “Carmelites and the Second Vatican Council”. The lectures were given in the conference hall in St. Albert’s Centre and a good number of members of the Carmelite family and others attended each evening.

The series opened with a lecture by Claudemir Rozin, O.Carm., who shared the results of this doctoral research on, The Ecclesiology of the Carmelite Rule in the Light of Vatican II (December 13, 2012); this was followed by, Míceál O’Neill, O.Carm. on, The Carmelite Commitment to Justice and Peace (January 10, 2013), Giovanni Grosso O.Carm. on, Holiness and Carmel,(February 14), Emanuele Boaga on, The Carmelites who took part in Vatican II, (March 14) and Giuseppe Midili, O.Carm. on, The Change from the Carmelite Rite to the Roman Rite, (May 9). It was hoped to be able to launch a new publication on Bishop Donal Lamont on April 9, as part of the programme, but that unfortunately had to be postponed to another day.

It is planned to continue with this kind of spiritual and cultural programme in the coming years.

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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."