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Activities of the Prior General

66/2018 – 19 – 09

On the 24th and 25th of July, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., attended the General Chapter of the "Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart" (Hermanas Carmelitas del Sagrado Corazón) that took place in Malaga (Spain) from July 17 to 7 August 7 (Citoc-online 60/2018).

In his address to the Chapter, the Prior General highlighted the importance of the womens’ congregations affiliated to the Order in the building up of the Carmelite family and in its mission in the modern world.

On July 27, as part of the formation course for Carmelite students that was held in Holland and Germany (Citoc-online 56/2018), the Prior General spoke at the "Zalige Titus Brandsmaparochie" (Blessed Titus Brandsma Parish) in Bolsward (Friesland, Holland), the birthplace of Blessed Titus Brandsma. The theme of his lecture "Blessed Titus: a man who was open", in line with the motto of the European cultural capital that this year falls to Leeuwarden, capital of Friesland, along with Valletta (Malta). After a Eucharist led by the Bishop of Groningen-Leeuwarden, Bishop Ron van den Hout, a cultural event took place in which a copy of a work recently published by Hein Blomestijn, O.Carm., was presented to the Royal Commissary for that Region, Mr. Arno Brok. The work is a collection of articles by Tito Brandsma about the Carmelite houses in Friesland.

On September 14, accompanied by Fr. John Keating, O.Carm.,Councillor for Europe, and the new Provincial of Malta, Fr. Joseph Saliba, O.Carm., the Prior General led the celebration of Solemn Vespers of the Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross in the premises of Carmelite college of St Elias in Malta. With this act (in which numerous religious and Lay Carmelites took part) the chapter of that province came to an end, was concluded (Citoc-online 65/2018), sharing with the Carmelite family the desire to start a new triennium with a spirit of sharing in the one mission.

Lastly, on September 16, the Prior General led the celebration of the Eucharist in the community of "Santa Lucia alla Castellina" (Florence, Italy) to mark the opening of the centenary of the birth of Fr. Agostino Bartolini, O. Carm., Founder of the "La Famiglia" movement. During the two days of celebration that followed, the numerous participants had the opportunity to get to know this important Italian Carmelite. The concelebrants of this Eucharist included Fr. John Keating, O.Carm., and Fr. Roberto Toni, O.Carm., Provincial of Italy, and numerous other Carmelites. In his homily, the Prior General highlighted some of the insights of Fr. Agostino, such as the role of the laity, dialogue with culture and concern for society.

During this period, the Prior General visited the Carmelite monastery in Batu, Indonesia.

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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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