Thanks to the pandemic, it’s been two years since I was last in Krakow, where for three decades I’ve done extensive research and taught great students while forming friendships with many remarkable people.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Last week, we held a Sending Off Mass for those pilgrims from Brooklyn and Queens who will travel to Poland for World Youth Day Krakow. World Youth Day is a tradition begun by St. John Paul II at the beginning of his Pontificate which has brought great graces to the Church and engendered enthusiasm of our young people for their faith.
In the final week before heading to Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day (WYD), local pilgrims met with Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to pray and go over final preparations. The official diocesan contingent is comprised of 400-pilgrims, including 23 priests and three bishops.
In a July 7 news conference, Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, Conn., the U.S. Bishops’ episcopal liaison for World Youth Day, said that so far, there have been 30,000 fully registered U.S. pilgrims, including 85 bishops, and another 10,000 partially registered pilgrims still in need to finish the process.
Young people from St. Brigid Church, Bushwick, will be among the 400 pilgrims from the Diocese of Brooklyn who would head to this year’s World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, July 26-31.
With World Youth Day (WYD) less than 100 days away, organizers are making sure to be as prepared as possible for this international celebration of faith in Krakow, Poland, July 26-31. To ensure this, the USCCB hosted a webinar on safety, security and traveling for group leaders on April 14.
Seven young people from St. Sebastian Church, Woodside, spent a weekend in March fundraising to go to World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow, Poland, this summer. They said that the support of the parish means a lot as they continue their fundraising efforts.
SEVERAL YEARS AGO, Father Raymond de Souza, one of my fellow faculty members at an annual Kraków-based summer seminar on Catholic social doctrine, made a trenchant observation about the city John Paul II used to call “my beloved Kraków.” Kraków, Father de Souza observed, was the city where the 20th century happened in a singular way.