Dear Sisters, CMS and all the family of the Missionary Carmel:

With cordial greetings and best wishes, we send you the programme of the 14th edition of the Francisco Palau Chair, which will take place at CITeS, Ávila from 15-17 March 2024.

This year our meeting will take place within the framework of the bicentenary of the birth of Juana Gracias, an endearing and vitally important event for the whole Carmelite Missionary Carmel. Since she knew with absolute fidelity how to transmit to us the legacy of N.P. Founder, Francisco Palau, in the midst of great difficulties and personal trials and of the social, ecclesiastical and congregational environment.

For this reason we would like to dedicate this Chair to him in recognition and gratitude for all his efforts to the point of giving up everything he loved most out of loyalty to the Father and Founder and to the fledgling congregation.

The theme chosen for this course, in line with the event we are celebrating is "Spiritual direction". We were prompted to choose this topic by the To encourage reflection on this singular form of relationship in general, and particularly to approach the figure of Juana Gracias from this perspective in order to detect, from the process of accompaniment of Fr Palau, what were its keys, in terms of the figure of the one accompanying and the one accompanied, and what was the way in which this accompaniment was exercised.

In the attached leaflet you will find the complete programme with all the details: topics, speakers, registration form, prices, addresses and telephone numbers.

Registration, as usual, can be done through the CITeS website: or, by sending by post or e-mail the registration form together with a copy of the bank transfer receipt to: la, You can also use this e-mail address to ask any questions or request information regarding registration.

They can also be consulted at

 @catedrapalau: Francisco Palau (@catedrapalau) / X (



Francisco Palau Carmelite Missionary Carmelite Chair

Registration is now open. We would be grateful if you could register as soon as possible in order to facilitate the work of the people involved.

As always, at the end of the course, the following will be given to participants who wish to participate a supporting document worth 1 academic credit.

Once again, we look forward to your participation so that the Chair will continue to be an annual event of formation available to all Missionary Carmelites and to all those who are interested in a solid theological, spiritual and charismatic formation, applied to the present time.

May the celebration of the Bicentenary of the birth of Juana Gratias in these days of the Francisco Palau Chair be a space rich in fraternal experience, sharing formation, celebration and prayer.

We await you with the same joy and affection as always.

A hug on behalf of the PIC Team.

Lola Jara, cm.

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