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Commission for Evangelisation and Mission

91/2017 – 21 – 12

The Order’s International Commission for Evangelisation and Mission met at the General Curia, Rome from the 21st to the 23rd of November 2017. The members of the commission are John Keating (President of the Commission), Sanny Bruijns, Desiderio García Martínez, Conrad Mutizamhepo, Donna Orsuto, Klaus Rudolf Schenkelberger, Jacob Robin Chackalaparambil, and Míceál O’Neill.

During the meeting, they reflected on the responses received regarding the booklets distributed via the Order’s website inviting members of the Carmelite Family to reflect on the theme of Evangelisation in the context of our charism and spirituality. Presently, they are working on a study of the scapular and on the preparation of a catechesis for those wishing to receive the scapular. It is hope to have some material on this ready for distribution during the coming year.

In January of 2019 the commission will hold a workshop on the ministry of preaching the Gospel in the Order today entitled “Proclaiming the Gospel in Carmel Today.” Information on this will be sent out in the spring of 2018. Some time was also given to reflection on Evangelisation and Blessed Titus Brandsma. As part of their work, they attended a lecture at the Lay Centre given by Thomas H Smolich, S.J., International Executive Director, Jesuit Refugee Service entitled “Peripheries in our Cities”.

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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."