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Marist Brothers’ International Youth Festival

10/07/2008: Australia - Photo gallery

World Youth Day (JMJ) will take place in Sydney from July 15 to 20. As an event organized by the Catholic Church, JMJ brings together young people from all over the world. Thereby the young people have a chance to build bridges of friendship and hope across the continents, across a variety of peoples and cultures. In Sydney itself the final preparations are drawing to a close, in readiness to welcome the youthful pilgrims who will be coming from the five continents as well as from all parts of Australia. The number of pilgrims which Sydney expects to host for the JMU will be greater that the number of visitors received for the 2000 Olympics.

For the days prior to the JMJ, the Marist Brothers have put together an international festival which will run from Thursday, July 10 to Sunday, July 13. The basic theme for JMJ-2008 is drawn from Acts of the Apostles 1:8, “You will receive power from the Holy Spirit who will come upon you, and you will be my witnesses.” The passage is the lead-in to the Pentecost narrative of Acts, a narrative which depicts the Virgin Mary in the midst of the Apostles “in the upper room.” The icon which represents the Virgin Mary as Mother of the Church is the icon which symbolizes the Association of Marist Schools in Australia. The icon will, in fact, be the inspiration for the Marist Brothers’ International Youth Festival.

The Marist Brothers’ Festival has been set up with close links to the General Council. Many young people around the world are associated with the Marist Brothers in one way or another. To such young people the Council desires to make clear the international character of the Institute.

The Festival will take place at Saint Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill. The program envisions the following elements: reflections groups, debates, conference by invited guests, times for prayer, sacramental celebrations.

For those who come as pilgrims, the event promises to be a time for personal enhancement, thanks to the shared experience to be had by young people who, coming from many places and cultures, have links with the Marist Brothers.

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