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Activity of the Prior General

40th anniversary of the foundation of the Carmelite monastery of Carpineto Romano
38/2019 – 12 – 06

This past April 22, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O. Carm., accompanied by several Carmelites from various communities, presided at a solemn eucharist of thanksgiving on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Carmelite monastery of Carpineto Romano, in Italy. In both the Prior General’s homily, and in the talk of Fr. Giovanni Grosso, O. Carm., Assistant for the Italian Federation of the nuns, as well as the local mayor, it was evident that a praying community like this one is important and meaningful in our own times. The celebration concluded with a fraternal and joyful reception.
On May 8, he concelebrated the eucharist together with the provincials of Italy and England, Frs. Roberto Toni and Kevin Alban, and many other priests at our house at Sassone (Rome, Italy) presided over by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See. The occasion was the 60th anniversary of the priestly ordination of Fr. Ken Kofler, founder and director of the “Saint Anselm Institute,” which currently has its center in our house of Il Carmelo. After the Mass, Cardinal Parolin blessed the new facilities of the Institute, which offers programs for people in positions of responsibility in the religious life, and for formation personnel.
On Sunday May 12, the Prior General took part in a program called The Halls of the Vatican on Channel Tgcom24, which analyzed various themes of interest in the ecclesiastical world. You can watch the interview in Italian at this link

On May 14, there was a meeting at our curia with the Ambassador of Spain to the Holy See, Doña Carmen de la Peña Corcuera. The Ambassador was welcomed by the prior of the community, Fr. Christian Körner, O. Carm., followed by a meeting with various members of the General Council. The Prior General then presented her with an icon of La Bruna.
On Friday May 31, he attended the first theater offering in the form of a “Musical” on Fr. Titus Brandsma, entitled “Titus leven tussen stilte en stress” (Titus: life, between silence and stress). It took place at the shrine of St. Boniface at Dokkum in the north of the Netherlands, which Fr. Titus himself helped to build. Also attending the premiere were the bishop of Gronigen-Leeuwarden, Mons. Ron van den Hout, the Royal Commissary for this region Mr. Arno Brok, and the Provincial of the Netherlands, Fr. Jan Brouns, O. Carm., as well as a large turnout of people.
Finally, on June 11, the Prior General presented his book of stories “Abriles robados” to the Association of “el Sol de la Conce” in Madrid.

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