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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


On Sunday 6th December the committee visited Carmine Maggiore in Naples, where they participated in Mass at the Basilica. Fr. Raúl Maraví, O.Carm., Councillor General for schools and youth presided. They brought with them to Naples the icon of "Our Lady of Hope" which is presently traveling around Europe at gatherings of young people in preparation for the pilgrimage. On Tuesday 1st December, the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, while on a visit to our Carmelite parish in Albano Laziale outside of Rome, heard about the pilgrimage and prayed with the icon.

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."