Brothers of St. John of God take a Stand at Knock Youth Festival!
The Knock Youth Festival was a good place to be on the last weekend of June this year where around 600 young people aged between 18 and 35 from nearly every diocese in the country took part in a festival of faith. Inspite of, or perhaps because of, the many difficulties the Church is experiencing at present, these young people came to listen, share and renew their faith and find encouragement for their faith journey. The Festival provided many opportunities to do just that with input from among others Sr. Helen Prejean, who works with prisoners in the US who are on death row. Her work was the subject of the film "Dead Man Walking" with Susan Sharandon protraying Sr. Helen. There were also workshops on drumming, dance, music, clay and pottery. Bishop Christy Jones of Elphin opened the festival and Archbishop Joseph Neary of Tuam was celebrant at the closing Mass. Elation the music ministry group provided the lively music for the liturgies. This is the first time that the Brothers of St. John of God have had a stand at the festival, other religous organisations were also present providing information about who they are and what they do. Picture shows some of the Festival participants at the Brothers Stand.