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Invitation letter to WYD 2016 from the Polish Province

Dear Brothers and Sisters and all the young people who gather around our Carmelite spirituality!

On behalf of our Polish province and Polish youth, we would like to invite you to a common celebration of WYD 2016 in Cracow. We received very enthusiastically the news of the Holy Father,

Pope Francis, who announced that World Youth Day 2016 would be held in Krakow. We would like at this time, as one family of Carmel, to live and celebrate this feast for young people!

We invite you to Cracow from July 25th - 31st, 2016. We would like to especially invite young Carmelites to spend July 27th at our monastery in Cracow in the presence of Mary, Our Lady of Hope.

The upcoming World Youth Day will take place in the city of St. John Paul II - the initiator of meetings with young people, as well as in St. Sister Faustina - the Apostle of Divine Mercy. As the Polish province we also have a witness of mercy - Father Hilary Paul Januszewski, because we want our time together passed under the patronage of this Blessed Carmelite from Cracow - a martyr of Dachau, a martyr of love. Gazing upon the example of the witnesses of Divine Mercy, we invite you to consider words which guided us: live for others.

These words will accompany us during our meeting, they will help us to discover each other through the witnesses of our life and ministry, and through the beauty that hidden in serving our brothers and sisters, the Church, and our Carmelite Order.

We invite you to submit your groups on our website, and where further important information will be available. Of course, do not forget to register your groups to the Central Committee of the World Youth Days in your Diocese.

We look forward to your arrival so that we can work together and feel the joy of life and the sacred spirit of our XIV century Carmelite convent in Cracow that is marked by the presence of the Holy Mother of Cracow.

You are truly invited!

See you in Cracow!


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."