The Youth 2000 Summer Festival begins today at the Cistercian College in Mount Saint Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Receive my mercy … inherit my Kingdom’ (Acts 26:18). Youth 2000 are expecting close to 1,300 young people at this year’s festival, with regional events throughout this year having grown enormously, breaking previous attendance records.
The Summer Festival runs from Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, with several events taking place throughout the four days. The main events at the festival will include a reconciliation service on the Friday night which will see over 1,000 young people receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
On Saturday morning, 9 July, Archbishop Charles J Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, will celebrate Mass. A healing service with the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Saturday evening, followed afterwards by a Praise and Worship concert.
Other events taking place include a workshop hosted by Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry and his diocesan youth group. Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, and Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, are also expected to be present during the festival.
The main speakers at the festival include Father Patrick Cahill, the National Spiritual Advisor of Youth 2000 Ireland, and Maria Fitzgerald, a Youth 2000 leader. Several other talks, workshops, prayers and social events for the young people will take place over the festival.
For more information on Youth 2000, or on this year’s summer festival, visit www.youth2000.ie.