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General Chapter 2013


During session 242 on the 15th of December, the General Council initiated preparations for the next General Chapter based on the suggestions made by the provincials during the General Congregation last September. The Chapter will take place at Sassone (Rome) from the 2nd (arrivals) to 21st (departures) September 2013 with the following theme:
“A word of hope and of salvation” (Constitutions 24): living the charism and mission of Carmel today.

The Prior General, together with his Council, also nominated the members of the Preparatory Commission, Frs. Ben Wolbers (Neer), Carl Markelz (PCM), Simplisio Manyika (Hib-Zimb), Artemio Jusayan (Phil), Desiderio García Martínez (Arag) and Francisco de Sales Alencar (Pern); also nominated as Secretary of the General Chapter was Fr. Mario Alfarano.

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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."