From the 1st of January 2013 the provinces of Lower and Upper Germany will be united into one single German Province. Following a consultation of the brothers in both provinces, the Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., with the consent of his Council, nominated the first Prior Provincial and Councillors of the united province.
Preparations are already well under way for a Carmelite youth gathering in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July 2013 during the World Youth Day (WYD). Fr. Raul Maravi, O.Carm., Councillor General for the Americas has been working with a committee of the Rio Province and they will soon publish details of the Carmelite event.
From the 1st of October 2012, the feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, the decision, taken by the Prior General with the consent of his council, to canonically erect the General Commissariat of Paraná, heretofore a Provincial Commissariat of the Upper German Province, came into effect.
Between the 17th and the 21st of September, at Sassone (Ciampino, Rome) the 5th International Congress for Lay Carmelites, organised by the General Commission and the permanent secretariat for Carmelite Laity, took place. Some 200 people attended, from all parts of the world, with a huge majority of lay people and a sprinkling of friars.
From the 14th to the 15th of September, 2012, on the eve of the 5th International Congress for Lay Carmelites, a meeting of provincial delegates and lay provincial moderators took place at Sassone (Ciampino, Rome). The theme of the meeting was, “Roles and Responsibilities in guiding and motivating lay Carmelites”.