Niall Leahy SJ is looking for young people from Ireland between the ages of 18 and 35 to join his Magis 2016 team going to World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow in 2016. Magis is the Jesuit preparation for WYD and so those who sign up will spend over a week in Poland from 15th August before linking up with hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world for World Youth Day itself.
The Magis2016 group from Ireland will begin by meeting up in Czestochowa along with 2,000 other young people from around the world also taking part in this Jesuit event. They will break up into smaller groups and go out from there ‘on experiments’ including working on a farm or eco-project, cycling or walking pilgrimage, working with people with special needs or the homeless, and creative projects in art, drama or music.
Participants can choose what they feel drawn to, and each night there will be prayer and guided reflection on the day’s work. According to Niall Leahy: “It’s a great way to really get the very most from World Youth Day. I’ve done it myself and you meet terrific people who become friends. And you get a chance to take time and reflect on where you’re at and where the Lord might be speaking to you in your life. And it also great fun!”.
After a week on experiments in various places the groups meet up again in Czestochowa before heading to Krakow for WYD and returning home on 31 August. The whole trip lasting just over two weeks, everything included, works out at a very reasonable €800. Anyone interested can email Niall at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Irish Jesuit website or the international Magis website.
You can listen here to Niall in conversation with Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications about Magis and World Youth Day 2016. There is also a short video in which Niall explains how potential participants can get involved.