MADRID — Assorted programs for members of the international Franciscan family will be offered at the annual World Youth Day next summer. According to a letter from two coordinators of the International Commission of the Franciscan Family, the events will take place during the Aug. 16 to 19, 2011, WYD at the Franciscan Village, near the Church of San Francisco el Grande.
The venue will be open for meetings and sharing every day from noon until midnight.
“It is here that young people will be invited to live the universal fraternity in a simple way, an opportunity that is not often available during large events,” wrote Ana Fruk and Xavi Ramos, in a letter to members of the Franciscan family. They added: “The village is intended to be used for activities such as exhibitions, conferences prayer services and vendor booths.”
Attendees wishing to include a display or program in the Franciscan Village are asked to submit descriptive proposals by Feb. 28, 2011, via e-mail.
The major activities of the Franciscan family during WYD will be:
· A “Festival of Joy” on Aug. 17, comprising music and testimonies
· Franciscan prayer
· catechesis and Eucharist
Applications to next year’s World Youth Day can be obtained on the event’s website.