Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of July 22, 2002
Lloydminster full of exuberance
Yellow hats unite a disparate group
By RENATO GANDIA
"The day the cross came to Lloydminster, I was unbelievably excited."
- Mark Feeney
For him, the WYD is a personal journey. In the two years since he learned the event would be in Toronto, it has been all he could think about.
"This is something that I knew I wanted to do, something I knew I wanted to be a part of."
He first heard about WYD in 1993 when he was 13. He could have gone but he was very young.
"My priorities at that time in my life were whatís on TV and whatís for dinner. But had I attended, I would have gotten nothing out of it."
Then the Pilgrim Cross came to his hometown in November 2001.
"The day the cross came to Lloydminster, I was unbelievably excited. I believe the Holy Spirit was with us during the entire visit of the cross," said this teenager who created a WYD Vocation poster that will be displayed in Toronto.
It was the visit of the Pilgrim Cross that got Joan Bakos, 44, interested in WYD. She will attend with her daughter, Jen, 17.
While watching TV coverage of the Pilgrim Cross visitís in Lloydminster, Joan saw herself with her mother and her daughter venerating the cross together.
"I saw from that footage three generations, all living for the same goal -- all reaching for the same goal: to be with Jesus," Joan said.
Chris Doraty, 47, can still get emotional when she remembers the cross coming to Lloydminster.
In between tears, she told the WCR how she was moved by its visit. Seeing hundreds of young people carrying the cross on the streets and proud that they were doing so was no ordinary event for her.
When she goes to Toronto with her daughter Kailey, 16, she expects to see something she has never seen. "I think the event will be an inspiration, an eye-opener and will increase our faith to help us continue the journey."
One thing Christopher Rehman, 18, hopes to experience and see is solidarity among the pilgrims. "I hope we can show the world that in spite of everything that is happening, we believe in Christ and weíre still going to work to try and improve the world."
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