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The activities of the Prior General

114/2014-23-12

Last 29th of November, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., in the company of Fr. Benny Phang Khong Wing, O.Carm., Councillor General for Asia, Australia and Oceania, attended the Vigil of Prayer in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, which marked the opening of the Year of Consecrated Life. The Vigil was led by Archbishop José Rodriguez Carballo,

OFM, Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA). The one who organised the beautiful liturgy was Fr. Giuseppe Midili, O.Carm., consultor of the Office for Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff and director of the Liturgical Office of the diocese of Rome.

On the 2nd of December, the Prior General took part in the meeting of the Secretariat for Nuns that took place in Zaragoza, organised by Fr. Mario Alfarano, O.Carm. General Delegate for Nuns (citoc-online, 112/2014). Accompanied by the members of the Secretariat and by the nuns of the monastery of Zaragoza, he led the celebration of the Eucharist in the chapel of the Virgen del Pilar, and at the end of the celebration, he was invited to kiss the venerable image, in representation of the whole Carmelite family.

While he was in Spain, he met Fr. Rodolfo Aznarán, O.Carm., and the board of directors of the Nuestra Senora del Carmen college in Lima (Peru) who had just been awarded in Madrid the International Certificate for Excellence in Education (EFQM). The Prior General congratulated them for this important achievement.

On the 10th of December, in the company of various members of the Carmelite Curia, he visited the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, a centre directed by Professor Donna Orsuto. Having celebrated the Eucharist, the Prior General spoke about the Year of Consecrated Life and its importance for the whole Church.

*photo: visited the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, a centre directed by Professor Donna Orsuto.

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