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On February 22, 2017, in the Church of Santa Maria Annunziata in Mdina, Malta, in the presence of the Archbishop of Malta, Charles J. Scicluna, a ceremony will take place that will mark the solemn opening of the Diocesan Inquiry into the signs, virtue, and reputation for holiness, of the Servant of God, Avertan Fenech, O.Carm., who died in the odour of sanctity on November 1, 1943.
Fr Avertan dedicated his whole life to the sacrament of penance, the spiritual direction of souls, and the formation of novices, witnessing by his example to all that he taught in words. His indomitable faith in Divine Providence reached its zenith when he suffered a severe stroke, that left him disabled. Confined to a wheelchair and to bed for eleven years, he was a source of edification for all who took turns at his bedside, to whom he gave strength and encouragement in the difficulties of daily life. Throughout his long and painful illness the Servant of God, a genuine master of the virtues, made himself evermore credible by the way he witnessed to the love of Christ: crucified with him, he pointed to the way of the Cross with great serenity as the way to reach the enjoyment of his marvellous light.

Electronic newsletter for Lay Carmelites III-No2-MMXVI
We are pleased to bring to you the latest E-Bulletin for Carmelite Laity around the world.
The main highlight of the new issue is the conclusion of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy featuring two excellent articles. The first one is about the official celebrations at the end of this special year, and the second one tells about the pilgrimage that both the General Council of the Carmelites (O.Carm.) and the General Definitory of the Discalced Carmelites (O.C.D.) celebrated together at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
The past few months were rich in activities by different groups of the Carmelite Laity in different parts of the world. In the Philippines, one Third Order community organized a fantastic meal with nearly 600 parishioners on the occasion of their anniversary of canonical foundation, while the fast growing Third Order group at the Catholic University of St Thomas celebrated the simply profession of one seminarian and the reception into the novitiate of a second seminarian. Our brothers and sisters in Australia were also busy as they gathered at the National Assembly, where they discussed different themes in order to develop the Order in their country where they also elected a new council. The Carmelite Family in Australia shared in the happiness of one of its members as he received an honorary recognition from the Holy See for his dedication and work in Europe and later in Australia after the Second World War. In Puerto Rico, one of the oldest Third Order communities in the Caribbean welcomed the Archbishop of San Juan, who crowned the beautiful statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel that has been venerated for over two centuries on that island.
As the Carmelite Family keeps growing it grows too in Africa, where nearly forty representatives from different African countries gathered to share their initiatives and projects for the future.
Finally, World Youth Day was celebrated in Poland, and many members of our Carmelite Youth had the opportunity to be there. This issue features an article on the experiences they lived in Cracow listening to Pope Francis and sharing with so many other young people during the Carmelite WYD.
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