Marist Ministries reports that Marists from around Australia gathered at the Sydney Provincial Offices in Drummoyne, Sydney, for a "dreaming" of the Marist International Festival which is to coincide with World Youth Day (WYD) to be held in July next year.
The meeting was the first step for 2007 in the consultation process to organise an event which will be a vibrant and energetic celebration of being part of the international Marist family.
It will be an opportunity for young people from all over the globe to explore the different cultural expressions of being Marist, their life and their faith, and ways of living this out in a spirit of hope, in service and solidarity with others.
Organisers are hoping that this international festival will be a pilgrimage of the heart, leading into WYD which is expected to attract 500,000 participants.
They also hope that the program will provide young Marists with the inspiration to be "powerful witnesses" to their tradition of bringing Christ's compassion and justice to the world's young and most vulnerable in the way of Mary, the report said.
The Marist statement also announced the appointment as WYD Project Officer of Carole Wark, who recently worked at Marcellin College Randwick as the Co-ordinator of Pastoral Ministry.
"I am really looking forward to the opportunity presented by the International Marist Festival to give young people the chance to gather as family, to be involved in something that celebrates their own goodness, the goodness that Marcellin Champagnat saw in them, that Christ sees in all of them, that the world is longing for them to share in their embracing of the good in others," Ms Wark said, referring to the Marist Brothers founder.
"It's very hard not to be people of compassion, justice and action when you discover first hand what life is like for others that you come to know as family."
Pilgrimage of the Heart, Marists Prepare for World Youth Day (Marists Media Release, 23/1/07)
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