Madrid World Youth Day one year away: Celebrations across Australia


National WYD Celebrations News Story
National WYD Committee members pictured with the Spanish flag: Bernadette Kreutzer, Malcolm Hart, Chair - Selina Hasham, Fr Richard Healey, Phil Ryall.

Across Australia, Dioceses, schools, communities and movements are celebrating “12 months out” from World Youth Day.

World Youth Day (WYD) will be celebrated in Madrid in August 2011, with an anticipated 2.1 million pilgrims participating. Australia is expected to send up to 5,000 pilgrims to Spain for the celebration, many of them young people who were inspired by Sydney’s 2008 WYD.

A host of “one year out” events are taking place around Australia, including a WYD Diocesan Youth Leadership Breakfast being hosted tomorrow (Saturday  21 August) by the Bishop of Paramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP. (Visit the Youth & Young Adult Apostolate site for more details).

Elsewhere in Sydney, Holy Cross College in Ryde saw 600 students and teachers from across the Archdiocese taking part in an event today with a distinct Spanish flavour, including Flamenco dancers and Spanish lessons.

Tonight, the Archdiocese of Hobart will hold its own Spanish-themed evening and continue its celebrations tomorrow with a state-wide event to showcase the energy and spirit of the Church in Australia.

Preparations, planning and fundraising are also well underway by more 60 pilgrimage groups including groups from the Archdiocese of Brisbane, the Diocese of Townsville and the Archdiocese of Perth, who are working to develop their full itineraries with Harvest Tours.

Australian Bishops Conference delegate for youth Bishop Joe Grech attests to the powerful renewal of faith WYD can provide.

“World Youth Day is one of the greatest opportunities we have as a Catholic Church to evangelise young people. This event truly demonstrates the global Church, and shows how Jesus Christ unites us all in his love,” Bishop Joe said.

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