Among the many services Rossi performed for the Order is the promotion of the missions.
The earliest Carmelite in the Indies of whom there is record is Gregory de Santa Maria, of Seville, who in 1527 made his way to Yucatán, apparently as chaplain to the expedition of Francis Montejo.
The site chosen for the hermitage, the fountain of Elijah, is worthy of note, for it was to have a profound influence on the charism of the Order. The memory of the prophets Elijah and Elisha attached to various localities in the Palestine of the crusades is very striking.
By the bull Omnimodo, May 9, 1522, Pope Adrian VI authorized the mendicant orders to evangelize the Indies.
On August 31, 1595, Gaetani sent Chizzola an ominous note, summoning him immediately to Madrid “for a few important matters I have to discuss with your Most Reverend Paternity."
From Chizzola’s record of the visitation, little can be deduced concerning the spiritual state of the provinces he visited.