Preparing for World Youth Day Madrid

This is it!  The last few hours that I will spend in the Archdiocese of New Orleans before I leave for Madrid, Spain, to join thousands of Young Adults from around the world to celebrate our Catholic faith, to witness to the world that the Catholic Church is not dead but is very much alive with vigor and with zeal.  I am beginning to feel the excitement well up inside of me to have the opportunity to be a part of something so much larger than myself.

My name is Deacon Kurt Young and I, along with other members of our group, will be blogging periodically from Madrid to keep those of you who could not join us informed as to the proceedings of this awesome event.  To give you a little background on myself, I am a transitional deacon in my final year of formation at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, LA.  I studied at LSU for a year before entering St. Joseph Seminary College, where I completed my undergraduate studies in Philosophy.  I am currently ministering in St. Clement of Rome Parish as I continue on my internship through October and I am enjoying every minute of walking with God’s people on their individual faith journeys.  I hope this series of blogs over the course of the next week and a half will not disappoint those of you who are reading.  Please keep us in your prayers as we will be traveling tomorrow at 12:30pm and please also say an extra prayer or two for our Holy Father, who will also be traveling in the coming week.

Alas, it is getting late and I still have to finalize my packing.  I will sign on again as soon as I have something interesting to blog and an internet connection.  Until then, stay united to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and continue to pray for vocations in the Church.

In Christ,

Dcn. Kurt Young