Notre Dame comes alive during WYD week

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 16-7-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

Publication Place



The University’s Sydney Campus has become a vast centre of activity for World Youth Day 2008.

A large group of Sisters of Life and Knights of Columbus from the USA are hosting The Love and Life event at the Broadway site.

The Sisters of Life are a religious community based in New York City. Their mission is the protection and enhancement of human life. They are internationally admired for their work on life, family and marriage.

During WYD week thousands of pilgrims from all over the world are visiting Notre Dame. The University is a catechetical, spiritual and Youth Fest centre. The Sisters of life have organised workshops, a street party concert and an outdoor Festival of Life.

On the first morning hundreds of international visitors joined the Sisters and the Knights of Columbus for a big ‘Aussie BBQ’. Pilgrims were joined by WYD ambassadors Jared Crouch of the Sydney Swans and the Delezio family for the big cook up.

In the afternoon a huge concert was held, with the popular America Christian rock group, the Matt Maher Band.

Sr Mary Elizabeth from the Sisters of Life said all of the Sisters are extremely happy to be collaborating with the University.

"We are so happy that Notre Dame provided the ideal venue to welcome pilgrims from around the world to the WYD Love and Life site. Large numbers of youth are joining us on campus each day for numerous events.

“There is catechesis in the morning, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, talks by internationally acclaimed speakers on God's plan for life and love, and a festival of life in the courtyard including concerts, talks, food and fun,” said Sr Mary Elizabeth.

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