KOTA KINABALU – The sixth Definitor of the Discalced Carmelite General Curia was here to visit the local Carmelite community on 20-23 July 2017.
Friar Mariano (Junjun) Agruda III, VI Definitor, 53, gave some conferences to the nuns as part of his social visit to the communities in Asia. He visited the communities in West Malaysia and Singapore last year. He will visit Miri and Kuching after Kota Kinabalu.
The friar hails from Cebu City Phillippines and was elected to the General Curia five years ago. His area of concern is Asia.
The Discalced Carmelites are men and women, in religious consecration and lay people, who dedicate themselves to a life of prayer. The Carmelite nuns live in cloistered (enclosed) monasteries and follow a completely contemplative life. The seculars live the spirit of Carmel in the heart of the world and enrich the religious life of Carmel by their secular state.