"The Carmelite Mission in an Era of Evangelization and Globalization" was the them of a conference held from February 26 to March 1 in the Nevarre Province of Spain, reported in the March 15 newsletter of the O.C.D. Curia in Rome. The meeting's objective was "to reactivate the missionary awareness of the order" as a component part of the Carmelite image, not only in theory but also in practice.
The full text of the conferences, in English translation, is available on the web page of the Secretariat of Missions.
Luis Arostegui, the Superior General of the Order of Discalced Carmelites ("OCD"), spoke on the topic "The Missionaries of St. Teresa Today: Sense, Actuality, Means." Here is an excerpt:
"Our renewed laws after Vatican II recognize and transmit the missionary spirit of the Teresian carmel: 'The evangelization of the world, so intimately part of the very nature of the Church, inasmuch as it is to be accomplished primarly through love and prayer, has always been a priority in our Order’s apostolic work. Our Holy Mother St. Teresa passed on to the Order the ardent missionary zeal that burned within her heart, and it was her wish that her friars should also undertake missionary activity. This missionary zeal should be faithfully fostered, all should have the missions very much at heart, and vocations to the missions should be encouraged throughout the Order."
An earlier quote from Fr. Arostegui is featured at the top of the newsletter, taken from his "Address" to the Extraordinary Definitory, Chile, September, 2005:
"The missionary fervour of the Order is the measure of its interior fervour (…) The spirit of our Holy Mother, Teresa, does not allow us to withdraw into ourselves and be isolated. For this reason I think that in formation, that is to say in the communication of our vocation, the missionary spirit should be more fervent and occupy a more central position."