Fraternal visit of Rev. Fr. Miguel Márquez Calle (General) and Definitor Fr. Pius James D’Souza 05/08/2023, 7.30 pm at Carmel Ashram
Chittattumukku, August 5, 2023 – In a gracious and heartwarming event, Rev. Fr. Miguel Márquez Calle, the General of the Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCD), along with Definitor Fr. Pius James D’Souza, undertook a fraternal visit to Carmel Ashram, Chittattumukku. The visit aimed to strengthen the bonds of camaraderie and spiritual unity within the Carmelite community.
The esteemed guests were accorded a warm and enthusiastic welcome by Fr. Tony Muthappan OCD, the Provincial of the Order, and the Councillors: Fr. Paul Albey OCD, Fr. Jose Thomas OCD, Fr. Joseph Manuval OCD, and Fr. Pradeep Xaviour OCD. The entire Carmel Ashram community, including students and members, joined in extending their heartfelt greetings.
The visit commenced with a solemn prayer service held in the Carmel Ashram Chapel. Rev. Fr. Miguel Márquez Calle led the congregation in prayer, and his paternal blessing resonated with a sense of divine grace and guidance. This spiritual initiation set the tone for the ensuing interactions and discussions.
At 8:00 PM, an essential meeting took place between the visiting dignitaries and the provincial team. Fr. Tony Muthappan OCD and his fellow councillors engaged in thoughtful dialogue with Rev. Fr. Miguel Márquez Calle and Definitor Fr. Pius James D’Souza. The discussions spanned various topics, including the Order’s future endeavors, strategies for spiritual growth, and ways to foster a closer-knit Carmelite community.
Following the productive meeting, Rev. Fr. Miguel Márquez Calle took the opportunity to interact with the students of Carmel Ashram. With a captivating and inspiring address, he emphasized the importance of nurturing a strong family atmosphere within Carmelite Monasteries. His words resonated deeply with the young minds present, leaving a lasting impression on their spiritual journeys.
As the evening progressed, a convivial supper was shared by all attendees. The informal setting provided an opportunity for further conversations, fostering a sense of unity and fellowship among the Carmelites.
At 9:00 PM, Rev. Fr. Miguel Márquez Calle and Definitor Fr. Pius James D’Souza bid farewell to Carmel Ashram and embarked on their return journey to Carmel Hill Monastery, Trivandrum. Their departure marked the conclusion of a memorable fraternal visit that left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of everyone present.
The visit of Rev. Fr. Miguel Márquez Calle and Definitor Fr. Pius James D’Souza to Carmel Ashram served as a testament to the enduring bonds of faith, community, and shared purpose within the Carmelite Order. As the Carmelites continue their spiritual journey, inspired by the words and blessings of their distinguished guests, they strive to build a stronger, more harmonious family within their monastic communities.