Archive for June, 2011

Testimonials from World Catholic Youth Day

World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia




I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the excellent service you have provided our Diocesan WYD 2008 group of 300 young pilgrims.  I thank you especially for the extraordinary care that you have given our San Bernardino pilgrims during the Days in the Diocese in Melbourne and Brisbane, and also during the actual World Youth Day stay in Sydney, Australia.

I commend your entire team for the great ministry and service you are doing.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Gerald R. Barnes
Bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino

Everything went quite well.  In fact, I can’t think of anything that went wrong.  Perhaps the most difficult thing was waiting for 9 hours for our connecting flight from LA to San Antonio.  I realize that, with so many pilgrims returning home from Sydney, a long layover was in store.

Otherwise, all went very well.  In fact, I’m quite impressed with the service we received.  Thanks for all your hard work.


Fr. Art Flores
San Juan de los Lagos Church

Thank you so much for a great trip to Australia.  We all had a powerful and transformative experience.  Overall, it was a great trip and we are very glad we went.  WYD is a tradition here at our church and we have already begun discussions about Madrid.

Thanks for all your help and thoroughness.

Have a blessed weekend,

Tommy Dome
St. Basil, the Great

I would like to thank you for your wonderful service during our 2 years of planning and through our journey halfway around the world.


Steven Dinas
St. Anthony’s CYA

WYD & DID (Days in the Diocese) were GREAT!!!

Pam Adams
St. Mark Catholic Church

Hello from Colorado!  Thank you for all you did to make all of the details of our pilgrimage go so smoothly.

Again, thank you for the thoughtful attention you gave to all the details.  As a leader, it made my job very easy once we boarded our first flight!


Theresa McDermott
St. Stephen’s Catholic Church

Thank you. Our entire group is grateful to you all.

Fr. Jonathan, OMI.
St. Stephen’s Catholic Church

This is LONG OVER DUE to thank you for all the patience you had with me and with our group of Schoenstatt USA girls going to WYD in Sydney, Australia!

We think back on your terrific work at WYD!  May our Mother, Thrice Admirable, grant you an abundance of travel groups for 2009!


Sister M. Jessica
Schoenstatt Girls Youth

You guys ROCK!!!

James Rappin
St. John Vianney Parish

I want to thank the WYD Team.  Everything went well.  We are anxious to get started for the next WYD in Madrid, Spain and if you guys can get us as close to all that was going on as you did in Sydney, then we certainly want to work with you again.


Shannon Deitz and the St. Martha Crew

Hi!  Thank you for a blessed trip to WYD.  Your help made for an awesome pilgrimage!

Once again, thank you very much!!

Cecilia Flores
Our Lady, Queen of the World

Hey guys,

Where do I begin . . .

We had a wonderful trip.  We appreciate all your work in making this experience possible for our youth.  It is a trip they will never forget!

Katelin Walker
Holy Rosary Catholic Church

As you know, we had a little bumpy start.  BUT we can’t be more happy about all the experience and service.  Starting with all the help and support from you all, the support here at USA and there at AU was great.

Thank you again,

Neida Colon



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August 2011 World Catholic Youth Day

“I am sure Madrid will be ready to welcome the Pope as he deserves for the next World Youth Day, which will be held in the Spanish capital in 2011”


MADRID (CNA) – The governor of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, has announced that the dates for World Youth Day 2011 will be August 15-21. She also assured the public that local officials would support the event and ensure it would be a success.

“I am sure Madrid will be ready to welcome the Pope as he deserves for the next World Youth Day, which will be held in the Spanish capital in 2011,” Aguirre said in response to the announcement.

She said she shared the sentiments of Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid, who said the event would “have important repercussions for the social, cultural and general life of Spain.”

Aguirre said she was “very happy” that Spain was chosen as the host city for the next World Youth Day and that “it will be a great opportunity for the young people of Madrid, whether they are Catholic or not, because the Pope is a worldwide authority.”

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