Secular Missionary Carmel

Carmelite Spirituality for the Laity

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 30, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is the description of the Secular Missionary Carmel which appears in the Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.



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Official name: Secular Missionary Carmel

Established: 1988

History: The CMS was founded by Marelia Suárez, a young lay Catholic, attracted to Carmelite spirituality and the missionary dynamism of Father Francisco Palau.

In 1987 she put a proposal to the Medellin province of the Carmelite nuns of the Sacred Heart, Colombia, to set up a lay association to share their charism.

The 16th general chapter of the order agreed to this proposal and invited the con¬gregation to respond to the promptings of the Synod of Bishops regarding the vocation and mission of the laity in the Church, devoting particular attention to the comprehensive formation of the lay faithful, and encouraging the constitution of the CMS in every country where the congregation was present.

On March 20, 1996, the Pontifical Council for the Laity issued a decree recognizing Carmelo Misionero Seglar as an international association of the faithful of pontifical right.

Identity: CMS brings together lay faithful of all ages and sets out to promote the identity and the mission of the lay person in the Church through a commitment to discover the greatness of the Christian vocation in the mystery of ecclesial communion; to practice a prayer life as a sign of friendship with God and as an experience of the universality of the Church, in the light of the word and of history; to cultivate listening, reflecting and contemplating; to adopt an attitude of service toward one's neighbor, paying par¬ticular attention to the urgent needs of the Church and society; to contemplate Mary as a model, mother and companion in a con¬stant search for communion with God and with our fellows; to live a simple, joyful and hard-working style of life; to work for the construction of a more just and solidarity-based society.

Formation and guidance for members of CMS focuses on the unity of life of the lay faithful, and gives pride of place to the human, Christian and missionary dimension according to the spirituality of Fran¬cisco Palau, a Discalced Carmelite, preacher, spiritual director and catechist.

The members of CMS perform their apostolate in groups and individually, bearing witness through their lives to Gospel values; they strive to help the marginalized; and they seek to respond in practical ways to the needs of their environment and of the Church.

Organization: CMS is organized into autonomous groups whose work is coordi¬nated by a management board made up of a coordinator, a sec¬retary, treasurer, and one or two members appointed by the groups.

At the national level, communion and cooperation between the groups are guaranteed by an animation committee. The ultimate guarantor of the association at the international level is the superior general of the Missionary Carmelite Sisters.

Membership: CMS has about 500 members and is present in 12 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

Web site: www.carmelmis.org

Headquarters:

Carmelo Misionero Seglar
Via del Casaletto, 115
00151 Roma -- Italy

Tel. (39) 065-35-472 / 065-82-72-16 -- Fax 065-823-22-79

E-mail: carmis@rm.nettuno.it

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