Blessing of the icon “Our Lady of Hope” in Ravenna, Italy
The icon was presented to Fr. General by the Prioress, Sr. M. Anastasia Cucca, O.Carm, and then entrusted to Bro. Luca Sciarelli, O.Carm. (Ita) a member of the Pilgrimage Committee. The Prior General was accompanied by the Councillor General for Europe, Fr. John Keating, O.Carm, and Fr. Mario Alfarano, O.Carm.. Secretary General. While in this region, the Prior General, Frs. Keating and Alfarano took the opportunity to visit the Carmelite nuns in Sogliano al Rubicone.
The icon is presently being taken to gatherings of young people in Italy. On Monday 23rd November, the first meeting with the youth of the Florence area took place in Prato, where some 70 young people were present. Contact regional committee members are: Fr. David Oliver, O.Carm. (Arag) for the Iberian Region, Brothers Thomas Feiten, O.Carm. (GerS) for Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Luca Sciarelli, O.Carm.(Ita) for Italy and Malta, and Dave Twohig O.Carm. (Hib) for France, Britain and Ireland.