More than a thousand volunteers meet in preparation for WYD Lisbon 2023

Volunteers, team leaders, and volunteer pivots gathered on January 8 at the Sacred Heart Church in Lisbon for the first meeting of 2023.

Jan 20, 2023


LISBON: Volunteers, team leaders, and volunteer pivots gathered on January 8 at the Sacred Heart Church in Lisbon for the first meeting of 2023.

The meeting brought together volunteers who are already preparing for World Youth Day (WYD) Lisbon 2023, both at the central and parish level. The afternoon began with the celebration of the Eucharist, presided over by Bishop Joaquim Mendes, Auxiliary Bishop of Lisbon, and continued with a presentation about the path that the volunteers will take until WYD Lisbon 2023.

The Auxiliary Bishop of Lisbon, during his homily, recalled the words of Pope Francis, where he mentioned that “to be a volunteer is to be a craftsman of mercy.” “I thank God for each of you, for your availability, for your generosity to serve this beautiful project of the mission of the Church, which is the World Youth Day”, he added.

On the Sunday that celebrated the Epiphany of the Lord, Bishop Joaquim Mendes invited the volunteers to try “to be the stars that guide, to the encounter with Him, the young people from all over the world that will come to the World Youth Day”.

During the first session of the afternoon, Margarida Manaia, responsible for the Direction of Reception and Volunteering (DAV), stressed that “being a volunteer is the best thing about World Youth Day” and that “this service to others in WYD is to embody the theme of WYD Lisbon 2023”.

In addition, the director of the DAV stressed that “there is no WYD without volunteers”, asking everyone to “be enthusiastic about WYD”, because “only then can we infect others”.

Beatriz Ribeiro, head of the central team, emphasised the importance of this type of initiative and meeting since it allows us to “realise that WYD is really about getting closer”, as well as “to understand what our role will be in this world meeting”.

This young woman from Coruche, who will coordinate the central volunteers who will collaborate in the tasks and activities related to the central events of WYD, believes that her role will allow, “above all, help people to meet Christ and have this spiritual experience, besides all the moments of joy and fun”.

The meeting also continued with a moment for team leaders and volunteer pivots, where useful information . — Lisboa2023

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