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Towards WYD2011 in Madrid

Catholic Outlook, April 2010

Reconnect with the spirit of World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011. Photo: Hamilton Lund.
Australia’s National Committee for World Youth Day (WYD) 2011 met for the first time on 12 March 2010 in preparation for the pilgrimage to the next WYD in Madrid.

Bishop Joseph Grech from the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life said the meeting was an important milestone in getting preparations underway.

“For months now, a plan has been developed and approved by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) to support groups heading to WYD Madrid,” he said.  

“This plan provides a framework for logistical, pastoral and safety requirements associated with attending international WYDs.

“WYD Madrid will be a different experience to WYD Sydney with an anticipated two million people attending amid summer temperatures.

“By appointing an experienced Official Tour Operator (Harvest Pilgrimages) and establishing the National WYD Committee, we can ensure groups have the best logistical preparation and practice, cost-effective options, and have on-the-ground support in Madrid.

“The bishops encourage everyone to travel within this structure to ensure their safety, support and an overall cohesion for WYD Madrid.”

The 10 WYD Committee members come from a variety of backgrounds and will be directed over the coming months by appointed Committee Chair Selina Hasham, who has been involved in Australia’s WYD journey over the past 20 years.

“It is exciting to be preparing for our next WYD and a joy to be asked to chair the committee,” Selina said. “With the co-ordinated support between committee members, the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life, and Harvest Pilgrimages we can provide the necessary assistance to Australian young people travelling in pilgrimage groups.”  

The committee will provide national resources in four main areas; Promotion, Pilgrimage Logistics, Pastoral Preparations and National Identity. Work in these areas is already underway.

Bernadette Kreutzer, the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life’s newly appointed National WYD Projects Officer, has been asked to implement National Briefing Days to assist in communicating preparations for Madrid.

“WYD Pilgrimage Co-ordinators are encouraged to attend a National Briefing Day in Sydney on Wednesday 12 May,” she said.

“They will have access to the latest information and resources in relation to WYD Madrid, which are important to Pilgrimage Co-ordinators’ roles.”

Information regarding Australian preparations for WYD Madrid will be outlined in a website and newsletter to be developed shortly.

For further information about pilgrim packages, visit Harvest Pilgrimages at:

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