Big youth pilgrimage planned for Blessed Mary MacKillop Canonisation


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With a large contingent of young people between 18 and 35 expected to form a special Youth Pilgrimage to the Canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop in Rome in October, a range of initiatives are underway to help engage young people with the spirit of the woman who will become Australia’s first saint.

Chair of the Youth Committee of the Canonisation Working Party Seamus O’Grady is hoping that each diocese will be nominating a youth delegate to attend the Canonisation.

“We are hoping for 50 or more diocesan delegates and other young people imbued with Mary’s charism to join a special Youth Pilgrimage to Rome for the Canonisation,” he said.

The Bishop of Sandhurst, Bishop Joseph Grech, will address the youth delegates at a special gathering in Rome.

Mr O’Grady said that representatives from Josephite Community Aid (JCA) would also accompany the youth delegation, to help engage the young people in the ongoing work being carried out in the spirit of Mary MacKillop in our world today.

Resources are being developed to assist youth groups to engage in the events surrounding the Canonisation and a youth retreat program is under development.

“Another exciting project is the production of a special DVD showing Mary as a contemporary young person facing the enormous challenges that she did,” Mr O’Grady said.

Moving pictures: Mary MacKillop video competition

Details are soon to be released on a nationwide multi-media competition which promises to be a highlight of the Canonisation year.

Young people will be invited to submit a two-to-five-minute video to the XT3 social media site on the theme 'Looking for Mary'.

“Tropfest, watch out!” Mr O’Grady said.

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