Sydney (Australia) -- "You shall be my witnesses"

Creston College and the Eremeran Hills Club organized a workshop for university girls and young professional women in preparation for World Youth Day 2008. The aim was to study the Pope’s message for the gathering, which has as its motto some words of our Lord: “you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8).

Those taking part also attended the ceremonies of the Easter Triduum. They dedicated time to adoration during the Holy Thursday vigil and participated in some study sessions on the World Youth Day themes: the Cross, service, volunteering, apostolate, and prayer.

These sessions were interactive, with everyone taking part. During the session on the Holy Cross, the young women wrote down their own reflections on stations of the Way of the Cross. A number of them commented that this exercise had deepened their understanding of the Easter mystery. The study session that followed a class on prayer included the development of a guide to teach groups of different ages how to pray. Finally, during the seminar on service, the participants, divided into groups, suggested various solidarity projects that could be carried out in Sydney.

At the end everyone expressed eagerness to help out during World Youth Day.

Romana, n. 44, January-June 2007, p. 164.

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