Gearing up for World Youth Day
In a world where most young people are seemingly locked into such fast-paced lifestyles, World Youth Day introduces a dimension of pilgrimage and journey, of slowing down and of the importance of reflection.
Since 1984, World Youth Day has gathered young people from around the world with the Pope.
Since 1984, major cities worldwide (including Sydney in 2008) have hosted these gatherings, which unite millions of young people on pilgrimage to celebrate their faith and sense of belonging to the Church.
The World Youth Day phenomenon has been a major catalyst that often sparks significant increases in engagement by young people in the life and mission of the Church.
This August, the Portuguese city of Lisbon will host the youth of the 17th International World Youth Day. Over 400,000 registrations have already been received, but that number may likely double or even triple by August.
Archbishop Prowse will lead a 19-day pilgrimage to World Youth Day this year. Our pilgrimage departs Australia for the heart of Spain to connect with the lives and stories of well-known saints, including Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. We then make our way to Fatima, which has become a significant place for Marian prayer and devotion. Our pilgrimage culminates with the WYD Week of celebration in Lisbon together with the Pope and the youth of the world.
There will be several information sessions, both in-person and online, to help prepare our pilgrims to experience the fullness of all that WYD has to offer.
Anita Piper, Parish Secretary for the Cathedral parish, will attend this year’s World Youth Day. The 26-year-old said she has always wanted to attend and is looking forward to the opportunities it will bring to deepen her faith.