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Bishops announce selection of ambassadors for World Youth Day

Bishop Peter Connors has announced youth leaders from Townsville and Canberra-Goulburn as official delegates of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference to the World Youth Day celebrations, to be held in Toronto, Canada in July.

Bishop Connors, Chairman of the Bishops' Committee for Laity, named Shannon Cavanagh of Townsville and Adam Morris of Canberra.

"The quality of the nominees was very high and the choices difficult. I am sure these two young people will be fine ambassadors for the Australian Church," said Bishop Connors.

Shannon works with youth in the Townsville Diocese and is presently the Coordinator of Edmund Rice Camps, Townsville. Adam is the Coordinator, Catholic Youth Ministry in the Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn. Adam has had several years' experience in youth ministry at parish and diocesan levels. He was the leader of the archdiocesan group to the previous World Youth Day in Rome.

World Youth Days have been held every two years in various locations around the world. The last one was in Rome in the Jubilee Year 2000. The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, has been the driving force behind these gatherings, the largest of their kind in the world, and always attends in person.

1270 young Australians made the last WYD pilgrimage to Rome and Shannon and Adam will join over 1000 Australian youth representing every Diocese in the country as they prepare for the journey to Toronto. The youth delegation will be accompanied by six Archbishops, eight Bishops, more than twenty young priests and numerous lay leaders from around the country. The bonds of friendship developed along the way have been one of the most enduring features of the WYD journeys from Australia.

World Youth Day 2002 (Australian site)
World Youth Day 2002 (International site)
2000 Australian pilgrims expected for World Youth Day (14/2/02)
ACBC - Youth - Submissions and Statements


26 Apr 2002