On the 15th of January, 2017, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., led the solemn celebration of the Eucharist in the Parish of San Lorenzo in Seville (Spain) or the Hermandad de las Penas, (“the principal function of the institute”). He was accompanied by the Prior Provincial of the Bética Province, Fr. Francisco Daza, O.Carm. The Hermandad (Confraternity) that has a very close relationship with the Order, has special devotion to the image of the fallen Christ, that is to be found in the cloister of the ancient Carmelite house in that city.
From the 18th to the 22nd of January, ahead of the Chapter of the Province of Rio de Janeiro, [Citoc 4/2017], he and Fr. Raúl Maraví, O.Carm., Councillor General for the Americas visited the Prelature of Itaituba in the state of Pará in Brazil, where they were able to see the excellent work that Bishop Wilmar Santin, O.Carm., y Bro. Romualdo Azevedo, O.Carm., are doing with a number of rural, and hear about the projects that Bishop Santin has for the prelature over the next few years. They also visited two communities of Carmelite sisters that has recently come to the prelature, one belongs to the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (SCMTBG) and the other, to the Carmelite Sisters of Divine Mercy (ICDP).
Following the Chapter of the Province of St. Thomas in India, [Citoc 10/2017], the Prior General, along with Fr. Benny Phang Kong Wing, O.Carm., Councillor General for Asia-Australia-Oceanía, visited the members of the General Delegation of St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Albert of Jerusalem, who were celebrating the 10th anniversary of the creation of that group. On this occasion a solemn Eucharist was celebrated at which the Prior General gave the Scapular to a number of young people from the recently formed Carmelite Youth movement. This was followed by a festival of culture where many different groups from the Carmelite Family took part.
From the 16th to the 20th of February, he took part in the 3rd Meeting of Carmelite Laity of Asia, which was held in Vung Tau (Vietnam) [Citoc 11/2017]. The Prior General spoke about how the spirit of family is a feature of the Carmelite Rule.
Over these last few months, the Prior General has visited a number of nuns’ monasteries, such as the monasteries of Cañete la Real (Málaga) and Sevilla in Spain, those of Guiguinto, Burgos and Tarlac in the Philippines. In the last of these he led the celebration of the Eucharist at which the Carmelites of the Most Holy Trinity were received into the Order and the first of their members made her solemn profession.