On the 5th of January, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., paid a visit to the mother house of the Hermanas de la Virgen María del Monte Carmelo in Orihuela (Alicante, Spain), where the remains of the foundress, Mother Elisea Oliver, are kept, while her cause for beatification is advancing.
On the 13th of February of this year, along with Fr. John Keating, O. Carm, Councillor General for Europe, and Fr. Francisco Daza, O.Carm., the Provincial of the Betica Province, the Prior General opened a new museum of religious art, located in the Carmelite monastery of the Encarnación in Granada (Spain). The museum is beginning its service with a wonderful exhibition of representations of Saint Mary Magdalen de'Pazzi, occasioned by the 450th anniversary of her birth.
On the 21st of February, the Prior General gave a lecture at the Teresianum in Rome, titled, “De la casa del Carmelo a la casa común… Una lectura carmelita de Laudato Si”, (From Carmel as a home to our common home, a Carmelite reading of Laudato si", as part of the 57th Spirituality Week which this year is devoted to the theme of the connection between all creatures in the papal encyclical. On the 25th of February, he offered a Lenten reflection in the Spanish National Church in Rome (Santa Maria in Monserrato degli Spagnoli), on the topic of the renewal of the sacrament of reconciliation, in keeping with the Year of Mercy.
On the 19th of March at 14.00 hrs. (New York time), the Prior General will take part in a so-called "Webinar" (an internet seminar) organised by the North American Carmelite Institute, with talks on the sacrament of reconciliation in keeping with the Year of Mercy. All who wish to do so, may find information and register through the Institute's website http://www.carmelstream.org/
In this period, taking advantage of a number of canonical visitations, the Prior General visited the monasteries of Beja (Portugal), Sutri and Vetralla (Italy), Córdoba, Osuna, Sevilla, Antequera and Granada (Spain) and Porlamar (Isla Margarita, Venezuela). As well as that, he met with the sisters in the new community of Barinas (Venezuela).