Saturday, April 13, 2013

Lay Carmelites and the Year of Faith

The Lay Carmelites of the Philippines had initiated a Carmelite Spirituality Forum early last year in conjunction with the Year of Faith. The forum has already finished the 1st Quarter of its series of topics and it was well received and attended by Third Order members of the different communities in the National Capital Region and the outlying provinces near it. 

Speakers of the forum include the Provincial Delegate, the National Formation Team, and diocesan priests who are members of the Third Order of Carmel. The forum’s theme is “Lay Carmelites: One Vocation, One Mission, One Order, One Hope of Sanctification” and it aims to strengthen the formation program of the TOC. The following are the topics covered in the forum: 

1st Quarter: Carmelite Rule
January 19: In Allegiance to Jesus Christ
February 09: The Rule of St. Albert
March 09: Carmelite Spirituality and Charism  

2nd Quarter: Charism
April 13: Community and Clothed with Carmel's Attitude
May 11: Carmel's Call to Service
June 08: Commitment in Carmel  

3rd Quarter: Carmelite Models
July 13: Mary
August 10: Elijah
September 14: The Carmelite Family and the Communion of Saints  

4th Quarter: Spirituality of the Carmelite Saints
October 12: Spirituality of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
November 09: Spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila and Spirituality of St. Teresa Margaret Redi
December 14: Spirituality of St. John of the Cross and Spirituality of Blessed Titus Brandsma

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