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The Activities of the Prior General

41/2014-26-05

The Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O. Carm., took part last March 29 in the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the American Province of St. Elias (SEL) that were held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY (CITOC online 23/2014).

On April 21, he gave the inaugural lecture at the Congreso Internacional de Mística, entitled, “Fe y experiencia de Dios” (Faith and Experience of God), held at the Centro Internacional Teresiano-Sanjuanista (Teresa and John International Centre) (CITES) in Avila on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the beatification of St. Teresa. His lecture was titled "Mystical experience and alternative religious languages". Other speakers included, Fr. Francisco Javier Sancho , OCD (Director of CITES), Lucetta Scaraffia (historian and journalist of L'Osservatore Romano) , Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino (Bishop of Assisi), Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ (Director Civiltà Cattolica) and Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, OCD, Superior General of the Discalced Carmelites, who gave the closing lecture entitled,  "The Challenge of Theology Today: back to the experience of God." All the papers will be published in a memorial edition.

On May 16 the Prior General attended the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the "Virgen del Carmen" College, in Onda (Castellón, Spain), accompanied by the Provincial of the new province of Aragon, Castile and Valencia,  Fr. Luis Gallardo, O. Carm. The participants included, in addition to the Carmelite school managers and personnel, the Mayor of Onda, representatives of other schools in the town and many students and alumni.

In recent months , taking advantage of the various provincial chapters, the Prior General has visited the monasteries of Wahpeton (North Dakota, USA), Córdoba, Tarrega, Fontiveros, Barcelona and Valencia (Spain) and Zenderen (Netherlands).

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