The 25 local students, joined by a group from St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, met up with more than 3,000 pilgrims from all over Long Island.
“It was a powerful day of prayer and fellowship, said Nolan Reynolds, one of Holy Trinity’s campus ministers. "It was inspiring to see the many young people in attendance and exciting to watch so many from our diocese gather together only to depart a few hours later invigorated and ready to work with the Holy Spirit to transform our local church.”
The day began with prayer in the upper church followed by a presentation given by the President of Catholic University, John Garvey. The afternoon allowed time for a tour of the Basilica, private prayer, the sacrament of reconciliation, and lunch.
Later, many students representing most
of the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Catholic High schools and many
parish youth groups gathered in the crypt chapel for a youth rosary
with Bishop Robert Brennan.
Holy Trinity students, Sarah Fagan
and Christopher Martin, both seniors, helped lead the time of prayer.
The day concluded with the Holy Mass, celebrated by Bishop Murphy.
The Bishop spoke about the need for all of the Church, not merely the
clergy but every baptized Catholic, to be spreaders of the Gospel in
thought, word, and deed.