Each evening at the Young Passionists Meeting, after the Eucharistic Adoration, there has been recreation together, with different regions taking turns to lead the entertainment. On Tuesday evening, one of the regions involved was Northern Europe. Here is a photograph, courtesy of Brother Gabriel, of the Bavarian/Austrian Karaoke session.
On the final day of the Young Passionists Meeting (Wednesday, 9 July), the morning was spent in dialogue between the young Passionists and the General and his Council. Father Ottaviano was keen that this session should be what he called a microfono aperto (open microphone) session, so that people would feel free to ask anything they wished. It was my job to chair the session and see that everyone who wished to do so had the opportunity to speak. It was very interesting to hear the concerns of the young religious from around the world, and I think it was a great thing for them to have an opportunity to raise any concerns or hopes that they have for our Congregation.
After the dialogue, we concluded the meeting with a reflection from a representative of each conference on the questions What do I want to bring from this meeting? and What do I want the [Passionist] Congregation to bring from this meeting? This was followed by Father General’s concluding remarks. The morning ended with information about the next two stages of our pilgrimage: the Passionist Youth Encounter at Endeavour Hills, Melbourne, and the World Youth Day, where we will be based at Marrickville, Sydney.
Before lunch there was an attempt at a group photograph, followed by lots of other photographs, in the monastery garden.
Here are those being photographed:
And here are some photographers: