International Lay Carmelites: Monday 17th September

On Monday 17th September 2012, the feast of Saint Albert of Jerusalem, the International Lay Carmelite Congress opened. A full write-up will be posted in due course; in the meantime, we are pleased to publish various photographs from the first day.

Delegates gathered for the Opening Mass.


The Opening Mass was celebrated by the Prior General, Fr. Fernando.


Jennifer Wanjiku John from Kenya offering a bidding prayer in her native language.


The Carmelite Family at prayer


The music group at Mass.


Rose Mary Lancellotti and Vladimira Polišenská of the Congress Secretariat.


Delegates gathered in the Aula (meeting hall) for the opening session


Delegates in the Aula enjoying a joke relayed by one of the translators.


Fr. Giovanni Grosso explaining how books can be ordered during the week.


The panel at the first session.

Fathers Kevin Alban and Raúl Maraví in the translation booths.


Words of welcome and inspiration from the Prior General at the opening session.


Left: John Berry and Anne Hayden of the British Province at the opening session.
Right: Pens and iPads at the ready!


Fr. Josef Jan?á?, convenor of the Congress, welcoming delegates.


Veronica Errington of the British Province modelling the latest Carmelite fashion!


Fr. Joseph Mothersill (Irish Province) and Johannes Sugianto (Indonesian Province) chatting during the coffee break.



Coffee at the bar.


Browsing the books available.


Fr. Francis Amodio (St. Elias Province) gave a stirring talk.


Delegates from the Australian Province.


Group photo.


Lay Carmelites from the Midlands enjoying the sunshine.


Members of the Australian Province (with Johan Bergström-Allen of the British Province who will be visiting Australian Carmelite communities in November).


The Irish Province delegation with Fr. John Keating (Councillor General for Europe)


British Province delegates with the Prior General.



Fr. Fernando with (left) Angela Bergström-Allen and (right) Tony French.


The International Commission for Lay Carmel.


Frs. Matias Tejerina Espeso and Francis Amodio


A presentation by a delegate from Sicily.


Spanish Lay Carmelites relating their experience.


Lists of discussion groups.


English-lanaguage discussion group.


Italian language discussion group.


Evening Prayer.


Carmelite Market Place


Carmelite Market Place


Carmelite Market Place


Carmelite Market Place


Carmelite Market Place

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