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A Meeting of the General Commission for Carmelite Laity and Youth

43/2015-08-05

The members of the General Commission for Carmelite Laity and Youth met in Rome from April 24 – April 27, 2015 for the second time since being appointed. They are: Fr. Joseph Hung, O.Carm. (Curia), Jennifer Wanjikyu (Kenya), Normita Lacanilao (Philippines) Jose Araujo Filho (Brazil), Michele Bonanno (Italy), Juan Luia Laghi (Youth of Peru), Maria Jose Garcia de la Barrera (Youth of Spain). They met under the guidance of Fr. Raul Maraví, O. Carm., General Councilor.

During the meeting there was a review of the work done during the previous year.  The global plan of the Order in the area of lay Carmelites was discussed as well as the success of the electronic newsletter of the laity which will continue being published every three months. Two full days of meetings were devoted to the development of a reflection and formation document for Lay Carmelites to help their spiritual growth at a personal and communal level for the different groups, especially the Third Order. The Commission hopes to have the document ready for publication by the end of this year. All this work was done in a great fraternal atmosphere at the service of our great Carmelite Family.

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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."