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Pilgrimage of Hope

Pilgrimage of Hope

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by Br. Dave Twohig, O.Carm and Br. Thomas Feiten, O.Carm.

The Pilgrimage of Hope took place in Rome from 19th-25th of July.  Almost 200 young people from across Europe participated. The pilgrimage was based in the Carmelite Conference Centre in Sassone, but the group travelled into Rome most days, to visit significant Christian sites.  Over 5 days, the young people visited

Letter of the Carmelite Young People of Europe to the Prior General


At the conclusion of the Carmelite Youth Pilgrimage of Hope, which was held in Rome in July 2010, the participants were asked to write an individual letter to the Prior General in response to his letter addressed to them during the Pilgrimage.

Letter to the Prior General from the young people of Europe

Letter to the Prior General from the young people of Europe

To the Most Reverend Prior General


Dear Fernando,


First of all, we would like to express our enormous sense of gratitude.  The Pilgrimage of Hope was a truly amazing experience.  In today’s world, it is often difficult for us to find a space to explore our faith, to ask questions, and to be heard. 

European Pilgrimage of Hope

European Pilgrimage of Hope

Last minute preparations are being made for the arrival of nearly 200 young people from all over Europe for the European Youth Pilgrimage of Hope in Rome from the 19th to 25th July 2010. All the provinces, commissariats, and delegations of the Carmelite European area will be represented by young people from Italy, Romania, Malta, Portugal, Spain, France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Britain and Ireland.

Website for Pilgrimage of Hope

The New Website for Pilgrimage of Hope can be found here

Meeting of "Pilgrimage of Hope" Committee


On the 7th and 8th, 17th and 18th April 2010, the organizing committee for the Carmelite European Youth Pilgrimage of Hope met to finalize details for the gathering in Rome from 19th to 25th July next. The pilgrimage for young people from all Carmelite provinces in Europe has already been outlined in three previous reports of CITOC (59/2009, 120/2009, 131/2009) and also on the Order's website (for information see It will pave the way for the World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011.

Prayer before the Icon of Our Lady of Hope

Gentle Lady, Mary, Patron of Carmel,
You are the seat of wisdom and the joy of God's people.
Through the angel of the Annunciation
God called you to walk a pilgrimage of faith
that would lead you to Calvary, Easter and Pentecost.
In this our moment of pilgrimage,
we the young people of Europe now turn to you
that we may walk with one another in faith, hope and love.
As mother you care for each one of us,
tenderly keeping a watchful eye as we journey together.

Meeting of European Youth "Pilgrimage of Hope" Committee in Rome


The committee preparing for the "Pilgrimage of Hope" for the Carmelite European youth, which will take place in Rome in 2010, met at the Curia from the 4th to 7th December 2009. The meeting was chaired by Fr. David Oliver, O.Carm. (Arag.). The group prepared detailed plans for the programme of the pilgrimage and this information will be sent to the European provincial contacts shortly. Information about the pilgrimage and the prayer composed for the pilgrimage icon can found on the Order's website at Pilgrimage of Hope


Blessing of the icon “Our Lady of Hope” in Ravenna, Italy

On Sunday 22nd November 2009, the Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., blessed a new icon entitled Madonna della Speranza (Our Lady of Hope) in the Carmelite monastery of Ravenna in Italy. The image depicts Mary seated and presenting Christ, the wisdom of God, to young people gathered at her feet. The icon is the work and gift of the Carmelite nuns in Ravenna to the European Carmelite Youth Pilgrimage of Hope, which will take place in Rome in July 2010 (see CITOC 59/2009).
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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister." 


by Dr. Radut