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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.
Those taking part will reflect each day on the text of a special letter being written for the occasion by the Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm. Also, each day will have a special theme: the witness of the great figures of Carmel; the place of Carmel in the Church; the Rule; disciples following Christ and the future challenge for young people in Europe. Each theme will be linked to visits to the major basilicas, special places of Carmelite interest and towards the building up of youth Carmelite links accross the continent. Forms have been circulated to all European province coordinators and ought to be returned through the provincial leaders to the Councillor General for Europe, Fr. John Keating, O.Carm., before the 15th May 2010.

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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."