The activities of the Prior General
From the 11th to the 15th of March, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., visited the Carmelite community in Luncani, Romania, where he learned about the work of Carmelites in that part of the world.
On the 13th he had a meeting with the Bishop Petru Gherghel, of Iaşi, who thanked the Prior General for the work of the Carmelites in Luncani. During that same visit he spent time with the community of the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (SCMTBG).
On the 19th of March, the Prior General led a Lenten meditation in the Church of Santiago y Monserrat, the Spanish National Church in Rome, on the theme, “With St. Teresa on the road to Easter”.
On the 21st of March, as part of an ecumenical prayer devoted to St. Teresa of Jesus, he preached at Solemn Evensong at the Anglican Cathedral in York, York Minster.
In his homily, the Prior General highlighted the ecumenical significance of the experience of St. Teresa. The ceremony was led by Canon Peter Moger (Anglican) and Bishop Terence Patrick Drainey, the Catholic bishop of Middlesbrough. The event was attended also by Fr. John Keating, O.Carm., Councillor General for Europe and the Prior Provincial of the British Province, Antony Lester, O.Carm. along with several Carmelites of different groups and communities. The event was preceded by a lecture by Professor Peter Tyler.
Lastly, on the 28th of March, the Prior General concelebrated at the solemn celebration of the Eucharist in the house where St. Teresa of Jesus was born. The celebration was led by the Bishop of Avila, Jesús Garcia Burillo, and the concelebrants included, the two Generals, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., and Saverio Cannistrà, O.C.D.. Following the Eucharist there was a procession with the statue of St. Teresa, through the streets of Avila, from her birthplace to the monastery of San José, her first foundation.