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Letter Issued from the two Generals O.Carm. and OCD in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life

Dated on 12th March 2015, anniversary of the canonization of Saint Teresa of Jesus, the Prior General of the Carmelites, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral O. Carm together with the Superior General of the Discalced Carmelites, Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, OCD., sent a letter to all the members of the whole Carmelite family throughout the world on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life. 

“The Year of Consecrated Life, which began some months ago is for us Carmelites an occasion for reflecting on some fundamental aspects of our life and charism. On this occasion, we, the Superiors General of the Carmelites and Discalced Carmelites, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral and Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, decided to send a brief message to all the members of the Carmelite Family spread throughout the world to encourage you to make this year part of your life, a year that coincides with the 5th Centenary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila. Here we have a very important event for all of us, and Teresa, ever the mystagogue and spiritual master, comes to us even now as a model and guide in the renewal of our religious consecration and as an inspiration in facing new challenges. This happy coincidence may be an extraordinary opportunity for reflection and for deepening our sense of identity as religious and as Carmelites.For this reflection we were given something very important to help us. In November of last year Pope Francis published his Letter to all the Consecrated. While avoiding every kind of unwarranted pessimism, the Letter calls on all of us, consecrated men and women, to be witnesses, to the Church and to the world, of the beauty of our vocation and our life. The letter contains a call that we should not ignore: “No one should feel exempted in this year from a serious evaluation of their presence in the life of the Church.” (II, no.5)

The reflections (that follow) are intended to be a help [1] towards this “serious evaluation”, that it may begin, or continue with even greater commitment where it has already begun.” 

Click here to read the entire letter, which can be found in the three official languages of the Order, on the Curia website. 

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