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Saturday, February 25, 2017
Carmelite Family to celebrate 800th anniversary
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 Carmelites in Britain will be marking the 800th anniversary of their way of life with celebrations in the northern English city of York on Saturday 5 May . The Carmelite Family, originated on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land in the early thirteenth century when the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Saint Albert, provided a group of hermits with a way of life, later to become a mendicant Rule. Carmelites came to Britain in 1242, and to York within a decade. Today the Carmelite and Discalced Carmelite Orders have communities of friars, nuns, active sisters, solitaries and lay people across the nation and the wider world. Carmelites such as John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Thérèse of Lisieux and Titus Brandsma have contributed significantly to the spirituality of the Church. To mark the eighth centenary of receiving their way of life an estimated 1,500 Carmelites and their friends will gather in York Minster, by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter, for a celebration of the Eucharist at 11am. The Celebrant will be the successor of Saint Albert as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Michel Sabbah. Participants are invited to bring a packed lunch with them to share food and fellowship after the liturgy. Following lunch, at 3.30pm, the Patriarch will take part in a Justice and Peace Forum addressing the plight of Christians in modern-day Israel-Palestine. The topic will be introduced by Anthony O'Mahoney of Heythrop College, the specialist Philosophy and Theology College of the University of London. The Forum will be chaired by Pat Gaffney, Secretary General of Pax Christi, the international peace organisation of the Roman Catholic Church. The Forum, supported by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough and others, will take place in the Fountains Learning Centre of York St. John University on Lord Mayor's Walk, five minutes from the Minster by foot. Admission to both events is free. No one will be turned away from the liturgy without a ticket but seating at the Forum is very limited and on a first-come first-served basis. To facilitate planning and guarantee seating those wishing to attend either or both events are asked to obtain tickets in advance from: Mr Johan Bergström-Allen, Carmelite Projects & Publications Office, More House, Heslington, York, YO10 5DX, UK. Tel: 01904 411521E-mail:
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