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Photo: Terenure College, Ireland

Vatican Council II, when speaking of the universal right to education, declares that "Since every man of whatever race, condition, and age is endowed with the dignity of a person, he has an inalienable right to an education corresponding to his proper destiny and suited to his native talents, his sex, his cultural background, and his ancestral heritage.

Prayer before the Icon of Our Lady of Hope

Gentle Lady, Mary, Patron of Carmel,
You are the seat of wisdom and the joy of God's people.
Through the angel of the Annunciation
God called you to walk a pilgrimage of faith
that would lead you to Calvary, Easter and Pentecost.
In this our moment of pilgrimage,
we the young people of Europe now turn to you
that we may walk with one another in faith, hope and love.
As mother you care for each one of us,
tenderly keeping a watchful eye as we journey together.

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


Blessing of the icon “Our Lady of Hope” in Ravenna, Italy

On Sunday 22nd November 2009, the Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., blessed a new icon entitled Madonna della Speranza (Our Lady of Hope) in the Carmelite monastery of Ravenna in Italy. The image depicts Mary seated and presenting Christ, the wisdom of God, to young people gathered at her feet. The icon is the work and gift of the Carmelite nuns in Ravenna to the European Carmelite Youth Pilgrimage of Hope, which will take place in Rome in July 2010 (see CITOC 59/2009).

Members of Schools & Young People's Commission

P. Raúl Maraví Cabrera (praeses)
P. Paul Cahill (Aus)
P. Miguel Ángel Díaz Moreno (Baet)
P. Carl Markelz (PCM)
P. David Oliver (Arag)
Sig. César Santa María (Peru – laico)
P. Michael Troy (Hib)

First Meeting of the International Commission for Carmelite Schools and Youth

From 26 to 29 June 2008, the new International Commission for Carmelite Schools and Youth held its first meeting in the General Curia house in Rome. Together with the Councillor General Fr. Raúl Maraví, there were representatives from Europe, North and South America and Oceania.

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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." 


by Dr. Radut