Chiara Luce Youth Space at Eucharistic Congress

Hundreds of Irish young people are preparing to 'Get Set Go' with an ambitious programme of events at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) Chiara Luce Youth Space running at the RDS, Dublin from 11-16 June 2012.

The Youth Space will feature a rich mix of interactive catechesis, workshops, drama, dance and music, and is open to all adults between 17 and 25 years old.

Youth Programme Officer, Anna Keegan, said: "I'm really excited to be involved in the Chiara Luce Youth Space at the International Eucharistic Congress. It gives young people an opportunity to learn more about their faith by discussing and questioning international speakers and Celebrating the Eucharist together. With the mixture of fun, music, and meditation we hope to build a strong community of young faithful people. This is our time to 'Get up and go' to the Congress!"

The six day Congress youth programme will commence with a daily morning prayer, 'Get Set Go' led by Net Ministries National Evangelisation Team (NET) Ireland, resident house band Elation Ministries and 3Rock Church of Ireland Youth Initiative.

Throughout the week from midday, a series of four workshops will focus on the chosen daily Congress theme.

Monday 11 June, up to 1,000 young people from across the 26 dioceses will gather at the Chiara Luce Youth Space for an evening of prayer with the Brothers of Taizé.

Tuesday 12 June features a workshop on 'Love and Relationships' by the Elijah Fellowship.

Wednesday 13 June will feature a talk show, 'Young and On the Your Daily Life!' focusing on three young lay people and three religious about living their lives as Catholics.

Thursday 14 June will present Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, leading a workshop 'Praying with the Breath.' Later that day, Bishop Donal McKeown, Diocese of Down and Connor, will facilitate a short, dynamic conversation with young people on 'Reconciliation in Our Communion'.

Friday 15 June the Focolare Movement will deliver a workshop on 'Chiara Luce; The Hurricane of Light'. The Chiara Luce Youth Space is named after Chiara Badano, meaning 'Claire Light' in Italian. She was a young woman involved in the Focolare movement, who died in 1990 aged 18, having suffered bone cancer. She was described as 'a hurricane of light' and beatified in 2010.

Other highlights:

Each evening between 6.30pm and 11pm, the Youth Space will also hosts an array of events including interactive catechesis sessions, concerts, a drumming circle with the Psalm Drummers from Belfast, and preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Pilgrims can pirouette their praise with a workshop lead by Sister Bernadette Purcell, Chaplaincy, IT Tallaght, Dublin, on liturgical dance: 'Sacred Dance: Using the Body to Pray.'  Or, they can learn street dance with 'The Move of Faith' workshop by Donking Rongavilla, Dance Donking, Ireland.

Each day there will be interactive catechesis led by a Bishop involved in youth ministry. On Saturday, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, Diocese of Brooklyn, USA, leads the catechesis and the final prayer at the Chiara Luce Youth Space: 'Good to Go!

Following the footsteps of the disciples on the road to Emmaus'. Young people are encouraged to participate in this Mission to go out and be the Church in action with Christ and with one another.



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