Papal Approval

Pontifical Approval of the Society Virgo Flos Carmeli

Arising from within the Heralds 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. The approval was granted at the hearing on April 4, 2009, by Pope Benedict XVI to Cardinal Franc Rode, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

The growth of the Heralds of the Gospel, with current operations in nearly 70 countries, led to the formation of a priestly branch and the subsequent constitution of the Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right Virgo Flos Carmeli. Having as “the primary purpose of sanctifying their own brothers as well as the adherents of its sister institutions, according to the practice and development of their charisms,” as can be read in the Decree of Approval signed by Cardinal Franc Rode, on April 21 of the same year.

Virgo Flos Carmeli was founded “thanks to the intuition and evangelizing zeal” of Monsignor João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, EP, having been erected by Bishop Lucio Angelo Maria Renna, O.Carm, former diocesan bishop of Avezzano, Italy on June 15, 2006. Posteriorly, the Most Rev. José Maria Pinheiro, bishop of the Diocese of Bragança Paulista, Brazil, where the General House of the Society is currently located, added his requested to that of dozens of his brothers in the episcopate soliciting the papal approval of Virgo Flos Carmeli from the Supreme Pontififf,

“The Society—as stated in the above mentioned decree—is born into a loving and constant catechesis on the Church and the Roman Pontiff, as well as that of the importance of the sacralization of the values of temporal life to the fullest extent possible.

One of the outstanding notes of the charism of the Heralds of the Gospel is a “conscientious practice of the virtue of fortitude, most especially in the defense of orthodoxy, purity of morals and a spirit of hierarchy, as well as a commitment to reviving in humanity the distinction between good and evil, especially through pulchrum in its various forms and presentations.”

The Decree of Approval also contains that Virgo Flos Carmeli arises as “a true militia Christi because of the disciplined life of the brothers, their high spirit of faith in the triumph of Holy Church, based on the fundamental and ardent devotions of entire surrender to Jesus in the Eucharist through the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in addition to a complete submission and allegiance to the Pope and the Hierarchy.

In turn, the Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right Regina Virginum, whose Decree of Approval was signed on April 26—the day on which the feast of the Mother of Good Counsel is celebrated—“is born as an expression of the charism of the Heralds of the Gospel, applied to the specificities of feminine life, striving to express the Society’s own distinct characteristics in the secularized world.” This Society conserves in its charism the same characteristics described above and specific to the Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right Virgo Flos Carmeli.

 In this age, in which the pressing shortage of priestly and religious vocations dedicated to the New Evangelization is being felt in many areas, the growth and development of so many other movements urged by the Holy Spirit, from which also blossom numerous vocations to  consecrated is encouraging.