Claire Dulac

World Youth Days

By Claire Dulac

Claire Dulac grew up in Haines Junction, a small town in the Yukon Territory in northwest Canada. She attended the World Youth Days in Denver, USA (1993), Manila (1995), Paris, France (1997) and Rome (2000). Here is an edited version of a letter she sent to friends after Rome.

My Dear Friends in Christ,

I have just physically returned from an amazing journey with God and with friends, though my spiritual journey continues. I was extremely privileged to be one of two million youth to attend the Jubilee World Youth Day (WYD) Pilgrimage in Rome, Italy, from 13 to 23 August 2000. What a truly encouraging, spiritual, wonderful, and enlightening experience this was for me.

Remembering Him

By Claire Dulac

Claire Dulac, whose letter on WYD 2000 appears in this issue, gave this talk at a memorial Mass for Pope John Paul in her parish church, St Joseph’s, Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, on 4 April, two days after the death of Pope John Paul II.

I find it fitting that the youth of this diocese have been asked to speak about their experiences with the Holy Father when we could hear tens of thousands of young people singing in St Peter's Square as he lay on his deathbed. The Holy Father said then, ‘I sought you out and now you come to me. Thank you.’

Manila

By Claire Dulac

Claire reflects on her Manila experience, ten years later.

Specifically, WYD has strengthened my journey with God and opened my eyes to a whole world out there that exists beyond all understanding over here in Canada. Traveling to Denver, Manila, Parisand Rome to see other youth and their devotedness to God and to Christianity is still mind boggling. Coming from a parish of a maximum of twelve parishioners, including our family, to a world parish of five million in Manila was overwhelming. I was encouraged to know that there are many youth around the world who want to seek God.