Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Male Carmel in Chile

Francisco Sumonte Oyarzun

It was in 1900 when the first friars arrived from Peru, to evangelize this land in which our Carmelite nuns had been present from some years previously.

Carmel was born in Chile as the fruit of love for Mary, our mother. We, the Discalced Carmelite friars, also work from our monasteries to be able to spread abundant fruit in love and truth, fidelity and perseverance, making God's kingdom present in the midst of our people.

We are able to say that our Chilean Carmel is growing. Until a few years ago, we were a Vicariate belonging to the Saint Joachim Province of Navarre. In the General definitory celebrated in 2010, we were established as a Commissariat, placed under the protection of our mother, the Virgin of Carmel.

As a fruit of prayer, our service to the community was born in an abundant Manner, by means of our different communities spread throughout the country. At the present time info we have seven communities.



Dr Susan Muto is Executive Director and co-founder of the Epiphany Association, which promotes spiritual formation for person and community, and Dean of the Academy of Formative Spirituality in Pittsburgh. She lectures nationally and internationally and is the author of over thirty books. In this article, she explores the nature of spiritual hiddenness in the life of Thérèse - seeing it as a springboard to deeper faith and union with Christ, and as a path that is very relevant for our times.