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Local group prepares to head to World Youth Day


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BRAINTREE -- Even as World Youth Day 2013 was coming to close in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Archdiocese of Boston's Office of Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support has been busy planning for next worldwide gathering of Catholic youth to be held next month in Krakow, Poland.

"We've been working on this for three years, for sure," said Kathy Stebbins, Faith Formation of Youth and Young Adults Coordinator.

Stebbins, along with fellow coordinator Michael Drahos and Faith Formation Director Father Matt Williams, is spearheading the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation's trip to this year's WYD, which will see around 370 youth, young adults, and leaders from throughout the region travel through the office. In addition to those from the Archdiocese of Boston, the group will include pilgrims from the Dioceses of Fall River, Worcester and Norwich, Conn.

Over the last three years, the office has helped promote the trip by visiting parishes in the area and providing them with information on World Youth Day. Once parishes expressed interest, the office assisted them in registering with the common travel agent the archdiocese is using for the event.

The leaders of the registered groups and parishes were then invited to participate in a set of meetings put together by the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation, at which they participated in lectures on a number of topics, including travel safety, Polish culture, and the history of Krakow.

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