Re-posting: What about an Ordinariate Star Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow?

Since I have received no response whatsoever to my most earnest suggestion made on 11th July, I have decided to repost it here:

wyd 2016 KrakowWorld Youth Day 2016 with Pope Francis will be taking place in Krakow, Poland, from  26th to 31st July 2016. Millions of Catholic young people from all over the world are expected to gather for a celebration of their faith, for some moving catecheses, for spiritually fulfilling and wonderful encounters with the Holy Father in this city of Pope Saint John Paul II, the founder of World Youth Days.

Wouldn’t it be stupendous if the youth of the Ordinariates worldwide, from England, Scotland, Wales, the USA, Canada, Australia and Japan could arrange a joint pilgrimage? In 2011, the first year of the Ordinariates’ existence, there was already an important Ordinariate presence at the Madrid World Youth Day. Deacon James Bradley, as he then was, sang the gospel in typical Anglican style at the service of welcome for Pope Benedict XVI in Madrid. Deacon James is on the left of this photo holding the Book of the Gospels.

deacon-james-bradleyLet’s make 2016 a year for Ordinariate youth worldwide to meet and to bear witness to the diversity and universality of the Catholic Church at this largest international gathering of Catholic youth. Maybe each community can send one young person (or more) and assist them in paying for the pilgrimage, or the young people can try to raise their own travel expenses.

I am too old myself to organise and accompany the pilgrimage, but I invite all those interested to contact us by eMail at ordinariateexpats@gmx.de and we will try to pass everything on to enthusiastic organisers.

Get out of your armchairs and start planning.

David Murphy

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6 Responses to Re-posting: What about an Ordinariate Star Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow?

  1. sottocapo says:

    Our parish teens are already fund raising for their trip to World Youth Day, I think we have quite a large group going. Our parish has a Youth leader for 11-14 year olds and another for 15-18 year olds as well as another leader for young adults. We have a strong emphasis on catechesis and evangelism. Does the Ordinariate have many younger parishioners and what kind of commitment do you have for outreach, catechesis and evangelism? I would imagine personally approaching each teen or young person and asking them if they would like to attend WYD would be the best approach. If there was a central coordinator for the entire Ordinariate with groups and parishes fundraising for their individual teens that could work. Precious Blood in the photos seems to have some young families. Our diocese is coordinating all the groups in the parishes. I’m sure hundreds will be going.

  2. sottocapo says:

    Also our Archbishop is going with the young people. I wonder if the Ordinary would consider journeying with Ordinariate youth?

  3. Federico Z says:

    It seems to me that the real issue here concerns the presence of an Ordinariate Youth. Does it exist? Judging from some pictures we see online it seems that young people (let’s say 12-19 y.o.) are a very small part of the Ordinariate Folk. But, if it exists, as I hope (and as it would be necessary for the future survival of the Ordinariates), does it already have an identity per se? And is it regional/national or supranational (so OCSP/OSC/OLW Catholics – or even ex-Episcopalians, ex-CoE, ex-Continuum etc -, vs Ordinariate Catholics tout court)? Definitely World Youth Day would be a great opportunity to answer some of these questions.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      Federico,

      You asked: Judging from some pictures we see online it seems that young people (let’s say 12-19 y.o.) are a very small part of the Ordinariate Folk. But, if it exists, as I hope (and as it would be necessary for the future survival of the Ordinariates), does it already have an identity per se?

      This seems to vary considerably among the various ordinariate communities: some have a lot of youth and teens, while others have few or even none.

      You asked: And is it regional/national or supranational (so OCSP/OSC/OLW Catholics – or even ex-Episcopalians, ex-CoE, ex-Continuum etc -, vs Ordinariate Catholics tout court)? Definitely World Youth Day would be a great opportunity to answer some of these questions.

      It would be wonderful to see separate groups of youth from each of the Ordinariates, accompanied by their respective Ordinaries.

      Norm.

  4. sottocapo says:

    Woe to me if I do not evangelize!

    1 Corinthians 9:16

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