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A meeting of African Carmelite Formators

55/2018 – 06 – 08

The Carmelite Formators from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DR Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe met at the Mutare Diocesan Pastoral Training Centre, Zimbabwe from 21-29 July 2018 for a conference under the theme:

Vision of African Carmel - Experiences, challenges and responses - towards establishing a vibrant Carmel in Africa. The meeting was organised by the General Councilor for Africa, Fr. Conrad Mutizamhepo, O.Carm. and the Key speakers were drawn from different Congregations.

A statement agreed upon by the participating formators underlines the importance of joint formation programmes, exchange programmes between students within African countries, be they Philosophy or Theology students and that formators may be assisted and surrounded in formation communities by brothers who have a vital interest in the ministry of formation. They also recommend that formators themselves receive formation.

The formators are deeply grateful for this opportunity and for the vision, concerns and resources allocated them, which show that formation is a central concern for African Carmel, and indeed, of the entire Order.

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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."