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Activities of the Prior General


On the 6th of June last, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm. concelebrated the morning Eucharist with his Holiness, Pope Francis in the chapel of Santa  Marta and took the opportunity to greet him once again. This is the third time that the Prior General has been able to speak to the Holy Father, to whom he expressed the commitment that Carmel has to new evangelisation.

On Sunday the 9th of June, before taking part in the Chapter of the Neapolitan province, Fr. Fernando presided at the Eucharist in the parish of “Santa Maria del Carmen”, in Foggia (Italy). The occasion marked the conclusion of the “pastoral year” for that parish community.

On the 21st of June, during the celebration of the provincial Chapter in the province of the PCM in Niagara (Canada), the Prior General attended the blessing of the new facilities in the Carmelite parish of St. Martin of Tours in Mississauga (Ontario, Canada), along with Bishop John Boissonneau, auxiliary bishop of Toronto, the Provincial of the province of the P.C.M.,  Fr. William Harry, O.Carm. and Fr. Joyson George Pottackal, O.Carm. the parish priest. In both parishes (Foggia and Mississauga), the Prior General highlighted the enormous work that is done by Carmelites in parishes around the world.

From the 2nd to the 5th of July, the Prior General took part in the 20th meeting of the Carmelite Family in the Iberian Region which took place in Pozuelo (Madrid, Spain). There were 100 participants from various groups of the Carmelite Family in Spain and Portugal. The theme of the meeting was: The Challenges of the 2013 General Chapter: a word of hope”.

Lastly, on the 16th of July, the Prior General celebrated a solemn Eucharist with the Carmelite Nuns in Biella (Italy) and took part in the variety of activities and celebrations organised by that community for the celebrations in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."