A group of young people who had been involved in the Carmelite European Pilgrimage of Hope (Rome, 2010) and with the Carmelite Youth Day in Madrid in 2011, met with the Councillor General for Europe, Fr. John Keating, O.Carm., at the General Curia in Rome from 20th to the 22nd January.They met in order to continue the work begun at these two events and to explore new ways of assisting the European provinces in their involvement with young people, but with a special emphasis on the Carmelite spiritual tradition. They considered three questions: What they thought was the situation of young people in Europe today? From their own knowledge of Carmelite spirituality and history, what did they think the Carmelites have to offer young people? What might be offered to Carmelite youth in the future?
Fr. Michael Plattig, O.Carm.(GerS) gave a personal presentation of his vision of what the Carmelite tradition had to offer young people in Europe today. The members of the group are: Bros. Dave Twohig, O.Carm. (Hib) and Luca Sciarelli, O.Carm. (Ita), Sabrina Rubio, Aoife Merrins, Elizabetta Ceci, Victor Navarro Poncera and Tommaso Bacci. A summary of this work will be shared with the European provincials during their meeting in Rome from 30th April to the 2nd May 2012. The group itself will meet again in May in order to carry forward the initial work begun at this meeting.