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Activities of the Prior General

58/2017 – 02 – 08

Recently, on the 2nd of July, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., led the celebration of the Eucharist for the 30th anniversary of the founding of the eremitical community of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lake Elmo (Minnesota, U.S.A.). In his homily, he thanked the community for its service of prayer to the family of Carmel and encouraged the community to continue to grow in its contemplative and carmelite identity.

On the 23rd of July, he gave the inaugural address at the conference on JPIC (Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation) that was held at Fatima (Portugal) from the 22nd to the 29th of this month.

On the 15th of July he led the celebration of the Eucharist on the last day of the Novena at the Carmelite basilica in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz,Spain) and on the 16th he concelebrated at the solemn Eucharist for the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel led by the bishop of the diocese of Asidonia-Jerez, José Mazuelos, and took part in the events organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the canonical erection of our church as a minor basilica (a title granted in 1967 by Pope Paul VI).

On the 26th of July, the Prior General was in Nijmegen (the Netherlands) to take part in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the death of Blessed Titus Brandsma. The event was organised by the “Titus Brandsma Memorial” and the Carmelite Province of the Netherlands. Among those who addressed the gathering were Fr. Falco Thuis, O.Carm., ex-Prior General, the mayoress of the city of Oss, Ms. Wobine Buijs-Glaudemans, and Iñigo Bocken, the director of the Titus Brandsma Institute. In his address, the Prior General highlighted the international importance of the figure of Blessed Titus. The event ended with a solemn celebration of the Eucharist led by the bishop of 's-Hertogenbosch, Gerard J. Nicolaus de Korte. Then, on the 27th of July, the liturgical memorial of Blessed Titus, the Prior General concelebrated the solemn celebration of the Eucharist at the Carmelite church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, led by Bishop Antonius L. M. Hurkmans, former bishop of 's-Hertogenbosch and present rector of the national church of the Frisians (Friezenkerk) in Rome. The other concelebrants included Fr. Giovanni Grosso, O.Carm., Provincial of the Italian province, and Fr. Luigi Borriello, OCD., Provincial of the Neapolitan province of the Discalced Carmelites, and many other Carmelites. At the conclusion of the Eucharist the Prior General presented Bishop Hurkmans with a relic of Titus and with that relic the bishop  then blessed the assembly.

Lastly, on the 2nd of August the Prior General delivered an address at the General Chapter of the Hermanas de la Virgen María del Monte Carmelo (HVMMC) that is taking place in Tales (Castellón, España). This congregation is the largest of the affiliated congregations and has communities in eleven different countries around the world.

During this period, the Prior General visited the monastery of Hudson (Wisconsin, 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. 

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." 


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