The theme for this year’s gathering was taken from Mary’s affirmation of God’s will in Luke 1:38:  “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

As you know, this week we attended World Youth Day thanks to the kind generosity of an anonymous donor.

I hope to share my thoughts and experiences with you in the days ahead. Meanwhile, here are some details about this exciting event in the Church:

The massive gathering of Catholic youth, which takes place every two or three years, this year will be held for the first time in Central America.

This year, the 15th international World Youth Day began Tuesday, January 22, in Panama City, Panama.

Pope St. John Paul II established World Youth Day in 1985. The first international gathering was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1987.

The purpose of World Youth Day is threefold: a celebration of and putting trust in the young; giving young people a chance to make pilgrimage; and to give young people a chance to encounter the worldwide Catholic community.

The theme for this year’s gathering was taken from Mary’s affirmation of God’s will in Luke 1:38: “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”