Monday, March 18, 2013
Come to Meet Pope Francis...
Before he announced his decision to retire Pope Benedict had invited "seminarians and those on a vocational journey" to mark the Year of Faith by way of a pilgrimage to the See of Peter which will take place from Thursday 4th until Sunday 7th July. The weekend will include a special vigil with seminarians, young religious and those thinking about their vocation from all over the world. There will be a candlelit procession in the Vatican Gardens and the whole pilgrimage will conclude with a special Mass with Pope Francis on the Sunday morning.
The organising committee in Rome has written to every diocese in the world and also to all the Religious Orders so that as many young people in formation and those considering a vocation can come together for what will be a wonderful and inspiring event.
Wherever possible the dioceses in England and Wales are organising something for their seminarians at least but it strikes me that there may be many other young people out there who would like to attend this event - particularly if they can't get to World Youth Day. I hope we can fill St Peter's Square: what a fitting tribute that would be to Pope Benedict and fantastic welcome to Pope Francis!
If you would like to go but your diocese is not organising anything please get in touch. I will be leaving by coach on the Wednesday morning, back on Monday evening. We have ten places available on the coach. The cost will be about £400.00 including registration and accommodation.
If you would like to organise your own trip with a group of friends, or are a member of a Religious Order and wish to take a group please likewise get in touch and I can send you more details.
We need to book soon so don't delay! Contact me by email here.