The pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland has begun! Diocese of Juneau Youth Ministry leader Heather Shaw shared the following posts and photos via Facebook in the last few days of the Alaska pilgrims’ stop in Ireland, enroute to Poland. World Youth Day in Krakow with Pope Francis begins on July 25th and runs through July 31st.

July 18 – “After 15 hours of traveling, our 23 pilgrims from the Diocese of Juneau finally made it to Ireland! We visited the Rock of Cashel and the Cahir Castle today while taking in the beautiful scenery. St. Patrick and St. Brigid, pray for us!”

July 19 – “Today we had a busy day of experiencing the culture of Ireland! We went to the Cliffs of Moher, visited St. Brigit’s well and shrine, saw a relic of St. Thérèse in Galway Cathedral, and ended the day with Trad on the Prom – a musical event showcasing traditional Irish music and river dancing!”

July 20 – “Today our pilgrims got to attend mass with the nine Benedictine nuns of Kylemore Abbey and it was so beautiful! We also got to explore the Connemara countryside. Ireland just keeps getting better and better! Thank you for your prayers, we are praying for our community and family back home everyday!”

July 21 – “Our second to last day in Ireland was filled with so many graces. We hiked Croagh Patrick, a holy mountain that pilgrims have hiked as penitential sacrifice for centuries and the same one that St. Patrick climber barefoot. Then we had mass at Knock Shrine where the people of Knock witnessed an apparition of Mary. Our Lady of Knock, pray for us!”

July 23 – “We were joined today (in Krakow) by our remaining pilgrims from the Diocese of Juneau, and we’ve loved growing closer with our brothers and sisters from around the state! Especially during the 8 hour bus ride from Berlin to Kraków! We made it to the dormitories in Poland and ended the night with mass outside on the tennis courts with 119 pilgrims. Praise God!”

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119 Alaska WYD pilgrims gather together for Mass with Bishop Edward Burns on their first evening in Krakow.
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Diocese of Juneau teens arrive in Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day.

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U.S. Bishops, including Bishop Edward Burns at right, arrive in Krakow for World Youth Day.

See related article:

Alaska to send 119 pilgrims to World Youth Day in Poland

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