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Meeting of the organizing committee of the European “Pilgrimage of Hope”

The committee organizing the Carmelite Youth “Pilgrimage of Hope” to Rome in July 2010 met in Rome for the first time on the 29th and 30th May 2009. The pilgrimage for young people between the ages of 18 and 25, who are associated with the communities of Carmelite friars across Europe, will take place at “Il Carmelo” in Sassone just outside of Rome, from 19th to 25th July 2010. The members of the committee are the Councillors General, John Keating, O.Carm. for Europe and Raúl Maraví, O.Carm. for Youth, David Oliver, O.Carm. (Arag) is the chairperson, also Thomas Feiten, O.Carm. (GerS), Luca Sciarelli, O.Carm. (Ita), Dave Twohig O.Carm. (Hib), and Ms Maria José Varela and Mr. Juan José Seva (both from Spain). The idea of a pilgrimage to the Christian and Carmelite sites of Rome was first presented in a letter to the European provincials in October 2008, and following a positive response from them, this committee was established. The pilgrimage is the first stage of a new European involvement of young people in the life of the Order, and the next stage will be to work towards the World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011. As the committee continues its work, further information will be posted on the Order’s website in the coming months.


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."