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Activities of the Prior General

70/2015-13-08

On the 14th of July, 2015, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., led the solemn celebration of the Eucharist of thanksgiving for the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the Monastery of the Encarnación in Zaragoza (Spain). The Provincial of the Province of Aragon, Castile and Valencia also took part, along with numerous other Carmelites and a number

of diocesan priests. In his homily, the Prior General underlined the importance of this monastery situated as it is in the centre of the city, as well as the spirit of the monastery, which moved the founders of the monastery of the Encarnación who came from Valencia.

On the 16th of July, the Prior General was interviewed by Vatican Radio. In the interview, he was asked to talk about the meaning of the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and devotion to her and to the Scapular. The interview, in Italian, may be heard by going to the following website: http://it.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/07/16/in_tutto_il_mondo_la_devozione_per_la_madonna_del_carmelo/1158874

On the 19th of July, he led the celebration of the Eucharist in thanksgiving for the first centenary of the restoration of the Carmelite Third Order in Seville. The Provincial of the Bética Province, Fr. Francisco Daza, O.Carm., also took part, along with numerous other Carmelites and a number of diocesan priests. That Eucharist was celebrated in the Carmelite Monastery of Santa Ana. Afterwards, there was a procession with the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which went from the monastery to the church of the friars, the Buen Suceso.

Following the provincial chapter of the Indonesian province (citoc 67/2015), along with the Councilor General for Asia, Australia and Oceania, Fr. Benny Phang Khong Wing, O.Carm., and the Prior Provincial of the province of Philippines, Fr. Christian Buenafe, O.Carm., the Prior General visited the mission of the province of the Philippines in Papua New Guinea. There he visited a number of parishes and chapels and spoke with the Archbishop of Port Moresby, John Ribat MSC, and the bishop of Bereina, Rochus Josef Tatamai, MSC, both of whom expressed their gratitude and satisfaction for the work of the Carmelites in Papua New Guinea.

On his return to Indonesia, the Prior General received the profession of a large group of Carmelite Tertiaries in the Carmelite parish of Maria Bunda Karmel (Mary, Mother of Carmel) in Jakarta. 

Throughout this period, taking advantage of his attendance at chapters and canonical visitations, the Prior General also visited the monasteries of the Verge Flor del Carmè federation in Catalonia, (Spain): Barcelona, Tarrega, Bañolas, Vilafranca, as well as the monasteries of Seville, Villalba de Alcor and Utrera (all in the Betica Province, Spain)), and the monastery of Batu, (Java, Indonesia)

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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."