From the 14th to the 16th of October, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., took part in the meeting of the General Superiors of the Carmelite Congregations of women affiliated to the Order, which was held in Focene, Rome (Citoc 86/2016). In his address he spoke about the place and the importance of these congregations within the Carmelite Family and offered some challenges for future reflection.
On the 3rd and 4th of November, he took part in the 7th Seminar of “Textos para un Milenio”, that took place in the rooms of the Carmelite Parish of Ayala in Madrid. The theme of the meeting was, “La santidad vista por fuera, vivida por dentro” (Holiness, seen from outside, lived from within). In addition to the top-level speakers, there was also the launch of the new version in Spanish of the “Forty Days” of St. Mary Magdalene de’Pazzi.
After taking part in the course for formation directors that was held in Batu (Indonesia) in November (Citoc 92/2016), the Prior General visited the Indonesian Carmelites who live in Hong Kong, working in the parish of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and in the Shek-O retreat house. As part of his visit, he met with the Cardinal Archbishop of Hong Kong, John Tong Hon, who warmly thanked him for the presence of Carmelites in his diocese.
On the 14th of December, in the company of the General Curia, he visited the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas in Rome. There he offered some reflections on a possible Carmelite reading of the encyclical, Laudato sì.
Over these months, the Prior General has visited monasteries in Batu (Indonesia), Madrid (Spain), Ravenna and Sogliano al Rubicone (Italy). In this last monastery there are three of the nuns who had to leave the monastery of Camerino that was affected by the 13th of Novembre earthquale. The rest of the community is now in the monastery of Montegnacco.
photo: Fr. Fernando with the Cardinal Archbishop of Hong Kong, John Tong Hon