International Lay Carmelites: Thursday 20th September (1)

A full report will be published in the coming days; in the meantime we share some photos of the fourth day of the International Lay Carmelite Congress in Rome...

A Portuguese-speaking Lay Carmelite reading the Scriptures at Morning Prayer.

Fr. Giovanni Grosso spoke on 'The Apostolic Commitment of Lay Carmelites: A Way to Holiness'. As Postulator General of the Order, who compiles the dossiers for saints to be canonised, Giovanni examined some holy Carmelite laity so as to see common characteristics. He encouraged delegates to look out for holiness in their own communities today.

Fathers Míceál O’Neill and Raúl Maraví in the translation booths.

One of the English-language discussion groups.

Sharing insights and experiences of Carmelite life.

Practicing the music for midday Mass.

A Lay Carmelite from Portugal proclaiming the Scriptures.

The Gospel was proclaimed by Revd. Koenraad Janssen, a Deacon and Carmelite Tertiary from the community in Antwerp, Belgium, which is under the pastoral oversight of the British Province.

Music for the worship of God.

Holy communion.

Fr. Désiré Unen Alimange on the drums.

The 'Carmelite Market Place' continued after lunch.

Putting Britain on the map!

Lay Carmelites who live in Canada and Ireland.

Lay Carmelites from Puerto Rico.

Johan Bergström-Allen, editor of the formation resource 'Climbing the Mountain', with two fellow Lay Carmelites who bought the book at the Congress. This publication is now going to be used by the Lay Carmelites across North America as part of their formation.

Delegates awaiting the start of the afternoon presentation.

Fr. Giovanni Grosso in the translation booth.

Fr. Francisco de Sales Alencar Batista from Brazil spoke on 'The Role of Lay Carmelites in the Apostolic Action of the Carmelite Family'.

Attentive listeners from Brazil.

Members of the British Province were pleased to see that Fr. Francisco de Sales used artwork from the British Province in his PowerPoint presentation.

Evening Prayer included a time of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Evening Prayer concluded with a beautiful and lively rendition of the 'Ave Maria' by delegates from Africa.

For further images of the day please click here.