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Pontifical Approval of the Society Virgo Flos Carmeli

Blossoming from within the Heralds of the Gospel and sharing the same charism, two new Societies of Apostolic Life, one clerical—Virgo Flos Carmeli—and the other feminine—Regina Virginum—recently received pontifical approval. This was granted by Pope Benedict XVI, in the Audience of April 4, to His Eminence, Cardinal Franc Rodé, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Monsignor João Scognamiglio Clá Dias,
Founder of the Heralds of the Gospel and of the
Societies of Apostolic Life Virgo Flos Carmeli
and Regina Virginum

The developing of the Heralds of the Gospel (currently with operations in close to 70 countries) led to the formation of a priestly branch and the subsequent establishment of the Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right Virgo Flos Carmeli, with the "Principal objective of sanctifying its own brethren as well as the adherents of its sister institutions, according to the practice and development of their respective charisms," as can be read in the decree of approval signed by the Most Rev. Franc Rodé, on April 21.

Virgo Flos Carmeli was founded "thanks to the intuition and evangelizing zeal" of Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, EP, having been erected by the then Diocesan Bishop of Avezzano, Italy, the Most Rev. Lucio Angelo Maria Renna, O.Carm., on June 15, 2006. Subsequently, the Most Rev. José Maria Pinheiro, Diocesan Bishop of Bragança Paulista, Brazil, where the General House of the Society is currently located, added his request to dozens of other brothers in the episcopate, toward the papal approval of Virgo Flos Carmeli from the Supreme Pontiff.

"The Society—reads the aforementioned decree—was born from a loving and dedicated catechesis on the Church and the Roman Pontiff, and from a respect for the importance of the sacralization—to the broadest extent possible—of the values of temporal life."

Among the salient notes of its charism, held in common with those of the Heralds of the Gospel, is a "diligent practice of the virtue of fortitude—especially in the defence of orthodoxy, purity of customs and the spirit of hierarchy—as well as the endeavour to revive the distinction between good and evil in all men, particularly though pulchrum, in all of its diverse forms of expression."

The decree of approval also states that Virgo Flos Carmeli, has arisen as "a true new militia Christi, by virtue of the discipline of life of the brothers, of its elevated spirit of faith in the triumph of the Holy Church, based on entire surrender to the Eucharistic Jesus through the maternal intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin, ardent and fundamental devotions, to which are added a profound submission of the Roman Pontiff and the Hierarchy."

In turn, the Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right Regina Virginum, whose decree of approval was signed on April 26—festivity of the Mother of Good Counsel—"is born as an expression of the charism of the Heralds of the Gospel, applied to the specifics of feminine life, seeking to manifest in a precise way their particular characteristics in the secularized world." The charism of this society also maintains the previously described characteristics which characterize the Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right Virgo Flos Carmeli.

In these times, in which a pressing shortage of priestly and religious vocations dedicated to the New Evangelization is experienced in many areas, the development of so many other movements, inspired by the Spirit—among which numerous vocations to consecrated life are flourishing—is a cause for hope.

Click here to see the Decree of Approval

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