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The Prior General at the General Chapter of the Discalced Carmelites

49/2015-25-05

On the 21st of May, the Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm. took part in the General Chapter of our brothers the Discalced Carmelites  which was celebrated in Avila from the 2nd to the 24th of May, 2015. In line with what has now become a tradition whereby the General of each branch  is invited to speak at the General Chapter of the other. Fr. Fernando, having congratulated Fr. Saverio Cannistrà on his re-election, spoke about the

environment of collaboration which has built up in recent years, referring to particular  important moments in which the two councils shared their projects and reflections. As well as that the Prior General suggested a number of “metaphors”, to throw light on this present complex and fascinating moment for consecrated life.

In the afternoon, the Prior General led the celebration of the Eucharist in “la Santa”, the chapel located in the house where St. Teresa was born, accompanied by Fr. Saverio, by Fr. Agustí Borrell, the new Vicar General of the Discalced  Carmelites, by the chapter members and by lay people who represented the different Discalced Carmelite movements in Spain and Portugal. In his homily, he highlighted how St. Teresa continues to be a source of inspiration for Carmel in the 21st century.

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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."