The General Chapter of the Order of Carmelites opened in Il Carmelo in Sassone, Rome, Italy on Tuesday morning, September 3, 2013. 111 Friars from the five continents gathered representing nearly every country where the Carmelite Order has communities and ministers.
The Chapter began with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, led by the Prior General, the Most Reverend Fernando Millan Romeral, O.Carm., and concelebrated by the members of the General Council. The Prior General welcomed all of the capitulars, as well as the guests, secretaries and others present.
He exhorted the brothers to nurture three attitudes throughout the Chapter: humility, wisdom and generosity, and to trust in the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Before the altar was a newly-written icon of Our Lady of Mount Carmel surrounded by images of St. Albert of Jerusalem, St. Teresa of Jesus, St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, and Blessed Titus Brandsma. At the conclusion of the Mass, the brothers in their white mantles, processed with the Icon to the Chapter Hall singing the Carmelite Litany of the Saints. In the Chapter Hall, Father Fernando blessed the Icon, the Veni Creator Spiritus was chanted, and the Chapter officially opened. Later in the morning, in the next session, Sister Miriam Tamiano, O.Carm., Prioress of Cerreto, gave a theological reflection and presentation of the Icon which was made in that Monastery .