The Pilgrimage of Hope took place in Rome from 19th-25th of July. Almost 200 young people from across Europe participated. The pilgrimage was based in the Carmelite Conference Centre in Sassone, but the group travelled into Rome most days, to visit significant Christian sites. Over 5 days, the young people visited
At the conclusion of the Carmelite Youth Pilgrimage of Hope, which was held in Rome in July 2010, the participants were asked to write an individual letter to the Prior General in response to his letter addressed to them during the Pilgrimage.
To the Most Reverend Prior General
First of all, we would like to express our enormous sense of gratitude. The Pilgrimage of Hope was a truly amazing experience. In today’s world, it is often difficult for us to find a space to explore our faith, to ask questions, and to be heard.
Last minute preparations are being made for the arrival of nearly 200 young people from all over Europe for the European Youth Pilgrimage of Hope in Rome from the 19th to 25th July 2010. All the provinces, commissariats, and delegations of the Carmelite European area will be represented by young people from Italy, Romania, Malta, Portugal, Spain, France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Britain and Ireland.
The New Website for Pilgrimage of Hope can be found here
On the 7th and 8th, 17th and 18th April 2010, the organizing committee for the Carmelite European Youth Pilgrimage of Hope met to finalize details for the gathering in Rome from 19th to 25th July next. The pilgrimage for young people from all Carmelite provinces in Europe has already been outlined in three previous reports of CITOC (59/2009, 120/2009, 131/2009) and also on the Order's website (for information see www.hoperome.ocarm.org). It will pave the way for the World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011.
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.
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."