From November 16 to 21, 2015, 38 young solemn professed Carmelites from the provinces and commissariats in Asia, Australia and Oceania gathered in Malang, Indonesia, to know each other, to share their experiences on their ministry, to build network among them and to strengthen each other in their journey as Carmelites. The theme of the gathering was ‘Nurturing Carmelite Vocation in the Year of Consecrated Life.’
Various speakers were invited to share their knowledge and experience. They are Fr. Christian Buenafe, O.Carm, who shared his views on finding the balance in the tension of community and ministry, Fr. Noel Deslate who talked about the boundaries and intimacy in the ministry, Fr. Robert Puthussery, O.Carm. who shared his thoughts on the consecrated religious in the midst of the people, Fr. Stephanus Buyung, O.Carm. who discussed how to reclaim and nurture Carmelites’ contemplative gift as Carmelites in today’s world and Fr. Benny Phang Khong Wing, O.Carm, who talked about building the Theotokoi community: the Carmelite lifestyle in the changing world.
The course combined prayers, conferences, group discussion and visits to some tourist destinations around Malang.