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Activities of the Prior General

52/2016-07-07

On the 17th of June, in the company of all the members of the Curia, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., led the celebration of Evening Prayer at the St. Albert’s International Centre, to mark the closing of the academic year. The Prior General in his address to the members

of the community spoke about things that are happening in the Order, and thanked the community, the Prior, Míceál O’Neill, O.Carm, and the bursar, Jan Wozniak, O.Carm., for the work they do in this important centre for the intellectual and spiritual life of the Order. The celebration ended with a joyful and fraternal dinner.

On the 21st of June, the Prior General led the celebration of the Eucharist at the meeting of the Third Order of the Italian Province, held at Sassone (Rome, Italy) from the 21st to the 23rd of June. This assembly had as its main theme, “Living the Jublilee, with St. Mary Magdalene de’Pazzi,”

From the 24th to the 26th of June, in the Monserrat Retreat House (Lake Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) the Prior General gave a retreat to the many groups of Third Order members in Texas. More than one hundred assistants of the various chapters  took part in the retreat, the theme of which was Blessed Titus Brandsma as an inspiration for lay Carmelites in the 21st century.

On the 2nd of July, the Prior General took part in the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Mount Carmel Hermitage in Cristoval, Texas U.S.A. The celebration of the Eucharist was led by the bishop of San Angelo (Texas), Michael Sis, and was concelebrated by the Prior General, and the former Prior General, Joseph Chalmers, the Prior Provincial of the PCM province, William Harry, O.Carm., and Fr. Fabián Mª Rosette, O.Carm., prior of the hermitage, along with many other priests. On that same day there was a concert of medieval music, “Medieval Pilgrimage in Iberia”, given by the “Texas Early Music Project”. The commemoration ended on the 3rd of July with a Mass of Thanksgiving, led by the Prior General.

Over these last months the Prior General visited the monasteries of Scandicci (Florence, Italy), Caudete, Onteniente, Valencia, and Zaragoza in Spain and Wahpeton, North Dakota, and Christoval, Texas, in the U.S.A..

* photo: Monastery of Christoval, Texas, in the U.S.A..

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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. 

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