St. Paul’s Youth Participate in Diocesan Pilgrimage

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WILMINGTON, Del. — Nearly 40 teens from St. Paul’s Church participated in the Annual Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage. The all-day pilgrimage, held the day before Palm Sunday, invites all young people to “Carry the Cross” with Bishop W. Francis Malooly of the Diocese of Wilmington.

“Throughout the day, the pilgrims visit several Wilmington churches for different activities and service,” said Todd Carpenter, OFM, pastor of St. Paul’s. “The youth walked in the pouring rain carrying a huge cross with Bishop Malooly leading the pilgrimage.”

The group stopped at St. Paul’s Church for a holy hour. Todd said, “It was amazing seeing our church packed with more than 600 youth in silent adoration.”

St. Paul’s youth group was one of many participating in the event, which ended with a concert. Photos of the pilgrimage appear on The News Journal’s website.

Todd describes the youth group at the parish as “phenomenal.” In addition to special events like the diocesan pilgrimage, the group meets every Sunday, led by several young adults from the parish. “The weekly meetings include time for prayer, discussions, skit, and recreation,” Todd said. The group also participates regularly in community service activities.

Editor’s note: The St. Paul’s youth group, or Jovenes con Futuro, is one of many youth ministries throughout the Province. To submit news about youth programs, email the Communications Office at