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The Activities of the Prior General

79/2017 – 07 – 11
Fr. Fernando - Bishop Aldo Cavalli and Fr. Falco

On the 1st of October, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., led the solemn celebration of the Eucharist at the basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil), during which seven members of the Carmelite Province of Pernambuco made their solemn profession. The provincial chapter began the next day.  (citoc 71/2017).

On the 12th of October, he led the celebration of the Mass of Thanksgiving for the 50th anniversary of the opening of the College of Santa Maria del Carmen, in Madrid.

On the 17th of October the Prior General took part in the so-called “extended council” of the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (SCMTBG) in the generalate of that congregation in Santa Marinella (Rome, Italy). He gave a talk under the title, “The Exercise of Authority, from a Gospel Perspective of service and obedience in line with our Missionary Charism”. The meeting was attended by the Superior General, Sr. Donatella Cappello, and her council, along with the councils of each of the provinces and delegations of this congregation which is the second largest among the congregations of apostolic life in our Order.

On the 3st of October, following the canonical visitation of the Dutch Province, the Prior General along with Fr. John Keating, O.Carm., Councilor General for Europe, and Fr. Falco Thuis, O.Carm. (Prior General of our Order from 1971 to 1983), visited the Apostolic Nunzio to the Netherlands, Bishop Aldo Cavalli, with whom they had a conversation about the Order in the Netherlands and about Titus Brandsma’s process of canonisation.

On the 6th of November, he took part in a meeting of the Major Superiors of the Scalopians in the house of Our Lady Mother of Mercy in Roma at which he gave a talk on the challenges of the combination of formation and authority in Religious life today.

During this period, the Prior General visited the monasteries of Moncorvo (Portugal), Paranavai (Paraná) Jaboticabal (Sao Paulo) in Brazil, and Zenderen in the Netherlands. In addition, he visited the sisters from different monasteries, who live together in the “Sint Anna” residence in Boxmeer.

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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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