Some 1,000 Vincentian youth from 22 countries gathered in Belo Horizonte near Rio De Janiero to prepare themselves for WYD. During three days of prayerful reflection and celebration they heard catechetical instructions geared to deepening their awareness of our Vincentian charism.
The Eastern Province was quite well represented at the pre-WYD gathering of the Vincentian Family
In addition, Superior General, Fr. Greg Gay, technically no longer a member of the Eastern Province, celebrated Eucharist on the opening day and led a reflection on the Vincentian Missionary spirit. Frs. Astor Rodriguez (Vincentian Vocation) and Aidan Rooney (Forms and services initiatives among the poor) were among the more than 20 catechist/trainers from various branches of the Family in three languages.