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Activities of the Prior General

50/2018 – 20 – 07

On the 11th of June, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., was present at the launching of a festschrift to honour Fr. Christopher O’Donnell, O.Carm. (titled Sentire cum Ecclesia and published by Edizioni Carmelitane).

At this very moving event, the Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, the Councillor General for Europe, John Keating O.Carm., and the Provincial of the Irish Province, Richard Byrne, O.Carm., all spoke. Each one highlighted the human, spiritual and intellectual qualities of Christopher O’Donnell, who at the end thanked all those who took part. These included the provincials of the Jesuits and the Discalced Carmelites, and many friends and former collegues.

On the 12th of July, accompanied by Fr. Conrad Mutizamhepo, O.Carm.the Councillor General for Africa, the Prior General led the celebration of the Eucharist at the opening of the First International Congress to study the charism of the founders of the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (SCMTBG) that was held from the 12th to the 16th of July in Boko (Tanzania). In his opening address, the Prior General spoke about the missionary dimension of the Carmelite charism, and the challenges that are now opening up for the Carmelite family. The Superior General, Sr. Donatella Cappello, and her Council, the community of Boko, and many sisters from the different countries in which the congregation is working, as well as several lay people, all took part.

On the 15th and 16th of July, the Prior General took part in the celebrations of the feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel in Valetta (Malta) which this year commemorated the 6th centenary of the arrival of the Carmelites in Malta. Those who took part included the Apostolic Nunzio in Malta, Bishop Alessandro D’Errico, the bishops of Malta and Gozo, the Prior Provincial, Fr. Alexander Vella, O.Carm., the provincial of the Discalced Carmelites, Fr. Juan Debono, OCD., the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, male and female religious from various orders and congregations, and several Third Order Carmelites and lay Carmelites. In his homily, at the Eucharist of the 16th, the Prior General, encouraged Carmelites to keep alive the fire of the Carmelite charism with the same enthusiasm. The celebrations ended with a large procession through the beautifully decorated streets of Valetta.

Over this period, the Prior General visited the monasteries of Fisciano, Sutri and Vetralla in Italy, as well as, Juja Farm and Machakos in Kenya.

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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."