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Activities of the Prior General

Titus Brandsma - Fernando
12/2019 – 19 – 02

On the recent 12th of December, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm, along with various members of the Curia, visited the “Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas”, the director of which is Professor Donna Orsuto. Following the celebration of the Eucharist, the Prior General spoke about a Carmelite interpretation of Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si’.
On the 14th of December, he chaired the launching of the book by Fr. Carlo Cicconetti, “La Regola del Carmelo: origine, natura, significato”. (The Carmelite Rule: origin, nature and meaning). During the event, Fr. Silvano Giordano, OCD., a professor at the Teresianum and at the Gregorian in Rome, was asked to speak. He spoke about how the work of Cicconetti helps us to understand not only the Rule itself, but also the religious context of the time. Fr. Carlo thanked all who were present and gave an outline of the history of this recent magnum opus. At the end the Prior General suggested to all who were present that we get to know our origins better in order to live with creative fidelity in the present and look to our future with greater enthusiasm.
On the 22nd of December he led the celebration of the Mass of Thanksgiving for the 4th centenary of the Carmelite monastery in Villalba del Alcor (Huelva, Spain) He was accompanied by Fr. Francisco Daza, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Bética province, by various members of that province and several priests from the diocese of Huelva. Follow the Mass, there was a procession with the statue of Our Lady to the place where the former house of the Carmelite friars once stood (it disappeared in 1837). The Prior General was welcomed by the local authority. The mayor made a presentation to him as he thanked the Carmelite Order for the presence of the nuns throughout these four hundred years.
Lastly, on Sunday the 17th of February, just gone by, the Prior General took part in the 2019 Celebration of the Carmelite Family in Lazio, held at CISA. This year the theme, (in line with the topic of prophecy outlined in previous gatherings) was, "The Arrest of Titus Brandsma: between fake news and the defence of the truth". The speakers were the Prior General and the journalist, Francesco Antonio Grana. Both speakers analysed a number of questions having to do with the ethics of journalism in the present day, based on their knowledge of Blessed Titus.

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