World Youth Day 2016 – Mercy Centre

August 8, 2016 by  
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We had the tremendous privilege of working with the Knights of Columbus to host Mercy Centre, the largest English Speaking Site at World Youth Day, in Krakow from July 26-31 at the Tauron Arena. Each day we hosted over 15,000 young pilgrims with an array of speakers, concerts, opportunities for prayer, confession, adoration and time to connect with other young people from around the world. In hosting the pilgrims, our Sisters prayed that their consecrated witness of joy in knowing and loving Jesus would overflow and bear abundant fruit in the hearts and lives of the youth that we encountered.

Those of us who were there will never forget the evening program on Wednesday: Matt Maher and Audrey Assad providing the music for a Holy Hour in which 20,000 young people were on their knees singing their hearts out and in silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Bishop Barron gave an amazing homily on the power of the Cross.

To see highlights from the daily catechesis, photos and videos, visit the Knights of Columbus WYD Archive, Salt + Light Media World Youth Day Central, and the Mercy Centre website. Full video coverage of the Mercy Centre is available from the Knights of Columbus:

World Youth Day 2016 – Mercy Pilgrimage

August 7, 2016 by  
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In preparation to welcome thousands of pilgrims from around the globe to World Youth Day, many Sisters of Life embarked on pilgrimage through the homeland of Pope Saint John Paul II. Joined by the College Knights of Columbus from the United States and Poland, we traveled to many holy places around Kraków, carrying with us the many intentions of all of the pilgrims flocking to the historic city. We walked in the footsteps of Pope Saint John Paul II, visiting Jasna Gora and the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, hiking in the mountains of Zakopane, visiting Our Lady of Ludźmierz, praying in Wadowice, the hometown of John Paul II, and celebrating mass in the chapel of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, where St. Faustina received the image of Divine Mercy. A visit to Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II Birkenau provided opportunity to remember the many lives lost on that hallowed ground, and the many saints raised to glory through the darkness of suffering, including St. Maxmillian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein). Many thanks to the Albertine Sisters and the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy who graciously hosted us during these days with beautiful Polish hospitality!