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Activities of the Prior General

80/2015-09-10

On September 25-27, 2015, the prior general, Fernando Millán Romeral, O. Carm., participated in the gathering of the Lay Carmelites in North America (“Lay Carmelite Convocation”) which took place in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). At the meeting, which focused on the theme “Carmelite Transformation: A Lifelong Journey,” more than 470 people from various parts of the USA, Canada, and Aruba participated.

Presenters were: John Welch, O. Carm., Leopold Glueckert, O. Carm., and Rose Mary Lancellotti, TOC (coordinator of the Lay Carmelites of the St. Elias Province) who led a panel of various Lay Carmelites. Also participating in the gathering were the priors provincial of the two provinces of North America: Fr. Michael Kissane, O. Carm., and Fr. William J. Harry, O. Carm.

On October 3, accompanied by Fr. John Keating, O. Carm., the prior general participated in a meeting with Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald (who was president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and nuncio to Egypt), regarding the acts that the USG-UISG is carrying out on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the declaration Nostra aetate of the Second Vatican Council.

The same day he visited the exposition “Cielo” (Heaven) by the French artist Caroline Peyron in the “Certosa de San Martino” in Naples. This artist has developed a series of 33 notebooks about the great figures of the history of mysticism in the various religious traditions. After being asked by the prior general, she developed a notebook on Blessed Titus Brandsma.

During this period the prior general visited the monastery of Montegnacco (Udine, Italy).

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