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The Activities of the Prior General

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On the 19th of April, 2012, in the company of Fr. Josef Jancar, the Procurator General, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., presided at the engagement of 8 missionary workers (DDMF) in Le Fins (France), in the birth-place of Fr. Marcel Roussel-Galle, the founder of the Donum Dei Missionary Family. While there, the Prior General had a meeting with the bishop of Besancon, André Lacrampe, who is very helpful to the members of Donum Dei in their formation work in La Grace Dieu. This year there is a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the affiliation of the Donum Dei Missionary Family to the Carmelite Order, which was marked last February 19th by a Mass of Thanksgiving in the Church of St. Eustachio in Rome (citoc-online, 19/2012)

On the 19th of May of this year, in the company of Mario Alfarano, Secretary General, the Prior General took part in a seminar on “New Evangelisation and the Mendicant Orders”, which took place in the Pontifical Antonianum University in Rome and was attended by the Superiors General of mendicant orders. Having heard two conferences, by Archbishop Rino Fisichella (President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of New Evangelisation) and by Paolo Martinelli OFM (Director of the Spirituality Institute of the Antonianum) the assembly discussed the “mendicant contribution” to new evangelisation.

On the 22nd of May, the Prior General gave a lecture on the theme, “Titus Brandsma, a Carmelite in the Holocaust” in the Palacio de Parcent in Madrid, in a series on resistances to Nazism in Europe, organised by the Centro Sefarad-Israel, a body that is under the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation).  The event was attended by a number of people from the same Ministry, along with representatives of the Centro de Estudios Judeo Cristianos and people from the Yad Vashem (the holocaust museum in Jerusalem)
 In addition to attending the provincial chapters that have been reported by citoc-online, the Prior General visited the monasteries of Fisciano and Roccagloriosa in Italy and the monastery of Erlangen in Germany.

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