What is the Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right Virgo Flos Carmeli?

It is an association of priests, deacons and lay persons made of members of the Heralds of the Gospel.

The term “clerical society” indicates that the members are clergy (deacons and priests).

“Apostolic Life” means they aspire to an intense life of evangelization, living in community and being followers of Jesus Christ by the practice of three private vows: obedience, chastity and poverty.

Of “Pontifical Right” signifies they were approved by the Pope, and they are immediately directed by the Supreme Pontiff.

When was if founded?

The development of the Heralds, which currently operates in 70 countries, led to the formation of a priestly branch and the subsequent development of the Clerical Society of Apostolic Life.

Virgo Flos Carmeli was founded by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, EP, and was erected by Bishop Lucio Angelo Maria Renna, O.Carm., then Diocesan Bishop of Avezzano, Italy, on June 15, 2006.

Soon after, Bishop José Maria Pinheiro, Bishop of the Diocese of Bragança Paulista, Brazil, where the General House of the Society is presently located, along with dozens of his brothers in the episcopate, requested the papal approval of Virgo Flos Carmeli from the Pope. Benedict XVI approved the Society of Pontifical Right on April 4, 2009.

What is its goal?

The main objective of this Society is the sanctification of the brothers belonging to it, as well as the members of its sister institutions of the Heralds of the Gospel, according to the practice and development of their respective charisms.

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, the purity of morals and a spirit of hierarchy, as well as a commitment to reviving the distinction between good and evil in mankind, especially through pulchrum in its various forms of presentation.

Where is the Society found?

There are currently members of Virgo Flos Carmeli living in communities in 15 dioceses spread across nine countries: Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Peru, Spain, Ecuador, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Paraguay.