Magazine article Anglican Journal

Anglicans Urged to Host Youth: Roman Catholic Event to Culminate in Papal Visit

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Anglicans Urged to Host Youth: Roman Catholic Event to Culminate in Papal Visit

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Anglican and Roman Catholic leaders in Toronto met in April and May to discuss ways Anglicans can participate in World Youth Day, a major Catholic event that will take place July 18-28 and culminate in a mass led by Pope John Paul II.

Archbishop Terence Finlay, in a letter dated May 6 and sent to all Toronto Anglican parishes, urged parishioners to participate as volunteers or hosts. "World Youth Day 2002 will provide an opportunity for the Anglican diocese of Toronto to demonstrate ecumenical cooperation and Christian hospitality to these young pilgrims," his letter read.

"They are asking us to look for billets," said Mary Conliffe, assistant to Archdeacon Colin Johnson, who is executive assistant to Archbishop Finlay. In mid-April, the diocese was looking to form an "Anglican hospitality committee" of about a half-dozen people with experience in youth events to coordinate Anglican participation, but Ms. Conliffe noted that time was pressing. "We're a bit concerned about the time crunch, since they will be arriving in July," she said.

Archbishop Finlay's letter notes that Anglicans who want to help should contact neighbouring Catholic parishes, visit the Web site at www.wyd2002.org or phone (the general information phone number is 416-913-2080).

One Anglican parish in Toronto, St. Matthew (Islington) already works with a local Catholic parish, Our Lady of Peace, on a winter program that feeds and shelters the homeless, so it was natural for the two to cooperate on World Youth Day, said Rev. Stephen Drakeford of St. Matthew.

"They approached us and asked if we could support some teenagers and we will be accommodating about 24 teenagers in our gymnasium," said Mr. …

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