Discalced Carmelite
Nuns National Meeting 2017

From April 25-29, 2017 Carmelite Nuns attended a national meeting in   St. Louis, Missouri. Father General-Saverio Canistra,   Fr. Daniel Chowing, Definitor for the Carmelite Order, and Fr. Rafal Wilkowski, Father General's secretary, led the conference. This special occasion brought together 170 Carmelite Nuns from all over the United States, Canada and even Finland.  Some Carmelite Friars from the US provinces were also in attendance.  It was a rich and beautiful event with conferences pertaining to the Apostolic Constitution 'Vultum Dei Quaerere'.  The days were filled with presentations, questions and answers sessions, group discussions, and reflections on women religious in contemplative life.  

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Fr. General Saverio Canistra   Fr. Daniel Chowning   Fr. Rafal Wilkowski

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Celebration of the Holy Mass

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Conference session.

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  Group sharing and meetings among the Sisters

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Sharing meals and conversations

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The Meeting's Planning Committee    Sr. Mary Clare as Coordinator of Mary                                                          Queen of Mt. Carmel Association

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Group Picture at the end of the meeting.  

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We ended the meeting with much gratitude to Fr. General Saverio Canistra, Fr. Daniel Chowing and Fr. Rafal  Wilkowski. They provided concrete information and guidance to help us to continue to live and grow in our contemplative religious identity as Teresian Carmelites.  We went home enriched by the encounters with our Carmelite Sisters.

We thank the Lord for bringing us together at this extraordinary event to listen to one another, to learn from one another, and to appreciate what each one of us has to offer.  This historic occasion gifted us with a beautiful experience of the fraternal relationship between Friars and Nuns in the One Carmelite Family. 

 We are grateful to Pope Francis's words to us:

“Consecrated persons, by virtue of their consecration, “follow the Lord in a special way, in a prophetic way”. They are called to recognize the signs of God’s presence in daily life and wisely to discern the questions posed to us by God and the men and women of our time. The great challenge faced by consecrated persons to persevere in seeking God “with the eyes of faith in a world which ignores His presence”, and to continue to offer that world Christ’s life of chastity, poverty and obedience life as a credible and trustworthy sign, thus becoming “a living ‘exegesis’ of God’s word”.   

                                                                     --- Vultum Dei Quaerere---

To read about the Apostolic Constitution 'Vultum Dei Quaerere', please check out the Vatican website https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_constitutions.index.html