Saturday, October 17 at 8 p.m:  Prayer vigil in preparation for the solemn act of canonization at the Basilica of St. Teresa of Avila in Corso d’Italia 37, Rome with the testimony of the families Schillirò and Perez Pons, the parents of two children who received the miracles. Vigil in the Church San Luigi de’ Francesi (Piazza di San Luigi de’ Francesi) for the French pilgrims.
Sunday, October 18 at 10 am at St. Peter's Square: Solemn Eucharistic celebration and Canonization
Monday, October 19 at 9 am: in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Thanksgiving Mass in honour of the Holy Trinity for the gift of this first couple proclaimed saints.
Tickets for the canonization are free and can be requested for writing to this email ID:

Carmelites in India

P. Óscar I. Aparicio

The city of Goa was the first place where the Carmelites arrived in what is now India. The first missionary, the Spaniard Fr Leandro of the Annunciation, arrived in 1620. Goa was a Portugese colony and at that time until 1640 it was a possession of the Spanish monarchy. A mission seminary, dedicated to Saint Teresa, was founded in 1630 but had to be closed soon after. In 1628 the Discalced Carmelite friars founded on the island of Diu. These houses were integrated under the one administration which the Order called the "Provincial Vicariate of Persia and India" which was also known as the "Mission to the East".

In 1709, the Portuguese authorities gave both the Discalced houses, in Goa and Diu, to the Fathers of the Oratory of Saint Philip.

During this time, the middle of the 17th century, the Discalced friar began to settle more in the south of India, in the Malabar region. One of the first missionaries to gain knowledge of Malabar was Mons. Sebastini, who wrote a book on his missionary travels with the title: Prima Speditione all' Indie Orientali, Rome, 1666. The Holy See created the Apostolic Vicariates in Malabar when this zone passed from the Portuguese Crown into the hands of Holland. In 1678, the Holy See entrusted the Mission of Malabar to the Discalced Carmelites. From this date until the present time, this region in the south of India has been tied to the Order.

This is the origin of the Teresian Carmel in India. At the present time more that 30% of the Discalced Carmelite friars have been born in this nation. In the Archives we have much and varied information on the history of our missionaries in this Asiatic subcontinent: documents which deal with and cover such diverse fields as theology, grammar, botany, folklore, culture... It can be said that our Archives hold one of the most important documental sources for a better knowledge of the history of India.


History, Art and Patrimony of the Teresian Carmel in Lima

Community of the Carmelite Nuns in Lima, Peru

For the 500th anniversary of our Holy Mother, St Teresa of Jesus, and with the support of the Lima Municipality, the community of the Discalced Carmelite nuns in Lima wanted to share with all of you the artistic display "FOR YOU WAS I BORN: History, Art and Patrimony of the Teresian Carmel in Lima 1643 - 2015", which is being held in the Pancho Fierro Municipal Gallery from 9th July until 9th August 2015.

As well, on the coming 5th of August, there will be celebrated the seminar: "THE DISCALCED CARMEL IN ART", which will include, throughout the day, 8 conferences on topics concerning art.

Aware of the fact that we are living in the first monastery of Discalced Carmelite nuns in Peru, where devotion to the virgin of Carmel flourished and was propagated in our country since the beginning of the 17th century, we decided to use art to celebrate the 5th centenary of our Holy Mother, St Teresa of Jesus, and so unite ourselves to the celebrations of the whole Discalced Carmelite Order throughout the world.

In Peru, our history as Discalced Carmelite nuns is marked by entire centuries of devotion to the Virgin of Carmel and sheltering under her protective mantle. This devotion has been carved out in days of prayer by the faithful, who have always been attracted to this Carmelite spirituality, where our Holy Mother Teresa of Jesus holds a leading voice.

The pieces to be seen in this display are not solely part of an art collection of ours. The objects on display are a significant part of our history: the carvings of the Child Jesus, the paintings, reliquaries and other pieces in this display unite us intimately with the prayer and fervour of the sisters who have gone before us. Even today they keep us company in our days of prayer for the Church and invite us to continue sharing with others our reason for being in the Church: prayer for everyone, without exception, in the absolute handing over of our life to God.

The celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of our Holy Mother, Teresa of Jesus, was what moved us to reveal ourselves to the faithful through her iconography, to remind them that it is possible and beautiful to live in the shelter of the Virgin of Carmel's mantle and in this present age it offers a marvellous opportunity for maintaining a close friendship with God.



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Interview with Father Javier Sancho, CITeS Director, about the Teresa of Jesus: Heritage of Humanity Congress

After the years-long journey from 2010 to 2014, after the various international Teresian congresses dedicated to the study of each one of Saint Teresa's major works, what is the objective of the World Congress "Teresa of Jesus: Heritage of Humanity"?

We are trying to highlight what has been shown throughout the world during this centenary: that Teresa of Jesus has an important message to deliver and contribute in all contexts of today's society, and that from many, diverse spheres there is great interest in the person and doctrine of our Saint.

Which core ideas will the Congress present?

Starting from the central concept of the congress, many themes will be presented, represented in expert-level conferences and round tables and communiqués. Some of the more important include the presence or role of Teresa in contemporary culture; Teresa in theological and spiritual thought; Teresa in the arena of social issues; Teresa and the various expressions of art, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, consecrated life, contemporary thought, etc.... A congress that is rich and far-reaching in terms of topics and dialogues, many of which are new.

As in other congresses, world class specialists are participating....

So they are. Not only will be there be specialists in specifically Teresian areas, but also in other fields we want to discuss from a Teresian perspective. Several have been presented with literary awards; there are also representatives from the domains of the sciences and humanities, first-rank specialists on religious life and ecumenical and interreligious dialogue; founders of new congregations and movements; representatives of trade unions and marginalized sectors of society; and a solid representation of Church hierarchy.

The Congress will take place from September 21st to 27th. Which areas will be covered during those days?

As I have implied previously, we will study Teresa from the perspectives of the humanities, culture, and art; Teresa as universal life teacher in topics that span her anthropological vision, spiritual life and religious life; Teresa in dialogue with other spiritualities and religions; Teresa in the spotlight of great social and pastoral challenges: youth ministry, Teresa and modern thought, gender ideology, etc. All this without touching on the over 30 communiqués that have been presented by distinguished professors from several Spanish and foreign universities. There will actually be the participation in one mode or another of over a hundred specialists from all over the world. Without a doubt, there will be many and important contributions and novelties in this congress.

In general, what will be the dynamic and methodology of this congress?

A weeks' length is very helpful, and even so we are aware that it is impossible to cover all the wealth of Teresian thought. In the spirit of offering a rich and intense week that does not prove heavy, several modes of presentation and debate will be used. There will be conferences by experts; also dialectic debates among representatives of differing visions or perspectives; there will be round tables of dialogues and debates... and there will be opportunities for the direct participation of the public throughout. Concurrently, there will also be a total of six thematic symposiums. Expositions of paintings and sculpture and various concerts will not be included throughout the week in the 1st International Mystical and Teresian Music Festival.

Once again, it will be available in four languages and online ...

This is the challenge and the intention. There will, of course, be simultaneous translation and online transmission in those languages into which it will be translated. Given the high cost of translators and equipment, this year there is the requirement that a certain level of demand for that language be met in order to provide simultaneous translators. There are already 300 persons registered to attend in person and over 100 attending online, although we are still two months from the congress dates. Nevertheless, with the exception of a small group of English speakers, there is scarcely a representation of Italian or French speakers. This means that if registrations of Italian or French speakers do not increase soon, the congress will only be offered in Spanish and English.

There will be an International Teresian Fair concurrently.
This is another activity that will accompany the event. The main idea is to make the great Teresian family, present in all the world and concretized in families of very different modalities, visible. This enriches the Teresian charism, and getting to know it opens many panoramas of the great breadth of Teresian thought which has found diverse ways to express itself throughout universal geography and culture.

This fair is also a venue to showcase the work that is carried out in the monasteries of our nuns. The convents have been invited to send their products to make them known during these days, if they so wish.


There will also be time for a festival of Teresian music.

A festival of mystical and Teresian music. We want to give this festival a special identity. It is intended to be repeated in future years. We have a Hindu group with native Indian instruments that will offer a repertoire of Hindu music from the 16th century. There will also be a group playing Persian music and Flamenco music to the rhythm of the poetry of two great mystics: Teresa of Jesus an Ibn Arabi. And of course, two representatives of the music and song that has arisen around the person of Teresa during the centenary.... And some other surprise....

I would not like to omit that during the congress, the International Teresa of Jesus and Interreligious Dialogue Award will be presented along with its € 10,000 prize. Over 40 high-quality submissions from all over the world have been presented which have placed Teresa in profound dialogue with the great religious traditions of the world. No doubt that a significant publication will result from this, and a field of study that will extend into the future.



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