Listen to an interview with Fr. Liam Morgan about the Kildare and Leighlin Pilgrimage to World Youth Day, Madrid which takes place in August 2011.

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Countdown to World Youth Day

Planes, trains and automobiles will lead to Madrid in Spain this Summer from 16 – 21 August for the celebration of World Youth Day 2011. The theme chosen for World Youth Day 2011 is ‘Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith’ which is taken from St Paul.

In the above video Bishop Donal McKeown, Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor explains what World Youth Day is, talks about the relevance of the theme chosen and talks about the importance of young people to the Church.

Live updates from World Youth Day Pilgrims: [Please note that these pages will not go live until the start of World Youth Day on 12 August]

Bishop Donal McKeown, Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor

Ms Ashleigh O’Neill from Clane in Co Kildare

Fr Sean Cunningham, Tuam, Co Galway

Ms Trish O’Neill, Parish Youth Minister in Clane and Rathcoffey

Information on Irish diocesan pilgrimages to World Youth Day 2011:

The following is an overview of the Irish diocesan pilgrimages to World Youth Day 2011. Please note that information will be added as it becomes available:

Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin

The Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin has 128 confirmed to travel including seven priests, three seminarians from Kildare &Leighlin, three religious sisters and the Diocesan Youth Ministry team. The Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin is not doing the days in the diocese and will travel straight to Madrid where they will be staying in Collado Mediano.

Ardagh and Clonmacnois

Eight young people from the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise will be attending World Youth Day with one lay leader. The days in the Diocese will be spent in the Diocese of Segovia

Armagh

The Archdiocese of Armagh will be bringing 130 young people to Madrid, with seven priests, two Deacons and 25 lay staff (leaders and helpers). Cardinal Brady will also be attending also.

The venue for the Archdiocese of Armagh’s days in the diocese will be Terrassa Diocese, Barcelona, from the 12th – 15th August.

Clogher

66 young people will travel from the Diocese of Clogher to the World Youth Day event in Madrid. They will be accompanied by one priest and one lay leader.

Clonfert

14 young people will travel from the Diocese of Clonfert accompanied by one priest and two lay staff. Bishop Kirby will attend also.

Down and Connor

There will be 42 young people going from the diocese of Down and Connor to the World Youth Day. They will be accompanied by eight priests and lay staff including Bishop Donal McKeown, Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor, Fr Raymond McCullough, Fr Tony Fitzsimons and five lay co-ordinators. The group will be staying in the parish of Porto during the “days in the diocese from 11 – 14 August.

Dromore

22 young people from the Diocese Dromore will attend WYD. The group will also include two seminarians and the Diocesan Youth Director. The group is not taking part in the days in the diocese; they are involved with the Irish Jesuit group in the Magis programme.

Dublin

151 young people will travel to World Youth Day from the Archdiocese of Dublin accompanied by three lay staff, five priests and Bishop Raymond Field, Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin. Catholic Youth Care will be animating the English catechesis sessions during World Youth Day.

Ferns

A group of 40 young people from the diocese of Ferns will travel to World Youth Day accompanies by four priests and lay staff. Bishop Denis Brennan, Bishop of Ferns will also be attending.

Limerick

The Diocese of Limerick will have 34 young people going to World Youth Day and they will be accompanied by nine priests and lay staff. The Diocese of Limerick is not doing the Days in the Diocese. Bishop Donal Murray, Bishop Emeritus of the diocese will be attending World Youth Day.

Diocese of Meath

Forty young people are travelling from the Diocese of Meath including four priests. They will not be involved in the ‘days in the Diocese’ but are travelling directly to Madrid. Bishop Smith won’t be travelling with them but the diocese and parishes are providing support to those travelling.

Tuam

A group of 30 young people will travel from Tuam to WYD Madrid on August 15th. The group includes three priests and is being led by Fr. Tod Nolan Director of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese. In preparation for their pilgrimage the group has met at monthly intervals since Christmas – climbing Croagh Patrick, Walking the Way of the Cross at Killary, watching and exploring movies (The Way and Of God’s and Men) and even bowling. Archbishop Neary will not be accompaning the group.

(source – Catholicbishops.ie)