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Young People & Carmel

Carmel's dreams and vision for the world speak profoundly to many younger people. Parishes, chaplaincies and other ministries bring Carmelite religious and laity into frequent contact with young people, who often find in Carmel a deep source of inspiration, and opportunities to make a practical difference in the world for the good of others. A number of initiatives are being undertaken across Europe to encourage young people to draw on and contribute to the richness of the Carmelite tradition.

Young lay people and friars from the British Province
at the 'Pilgrimage of Hope' to Rome in 2010.

Carmelite Street
"Carmelite Street" is a blog offered by the British Province to young people interested in Carmelite spirituality, a forum in cyberspace for sharing experiences and asking questions. Videos and short texts give visitors the chance to learn more about the Carmelite Family and contemporary issues in Church and Society.

Carmelite Street takes its name from a street in York

World Youth Day 2013 & other youth activities
In the summer of 2013 Carmelites took part in WYDRio2013, and associated events elsewhere, as reported by our news service.

'Carmeltrek' to Madrid for World Youth Day - August 2011
A group of young people associated with the British Province of Carmelites made a pilgrimage to Madrid in August 2011 as part of World Youth Day (WYD). A special Carmelite Day was held to gather together young people linked to the Carmelite Family around the world. For a report please click here.

Brightlights Festival for Catholic Young Adults - July 2011

The Brightlights youth festival was held at Aylesford Priory between 1st and 3rd July 2011. For a report on the event click here.

Reflections on Carmel by Young People

Below we offer some reflections by younger people connected with the Carmelites in Britain (each opens in a PDF document for which you will need a programme such as Adobe Reader).

Pilgrimage of Hope
In July 2010 some 200 young people associated with the Carmelite Order across Europe gathered in Rome for an event dubbed the 'Pilgrimage of Hope', reflecting on the future of Carmel. Materials linked to this event are listed below:

Opening video of the Pilgrimage of Hope

Song of the Pilgrimage of Hope

Final video of the Pilgrimage of Hope

Other resources
Below are links to Carmelite youth resources from around the Order: