MATUNGA, SEPTEMBER 5, 2011: Arranging accommodation, food, and travel; catechetical, liturgical and cultural programmes for about 1.5 million pilgrims in Madrid and the Dioceses for the WYD across a two-week span was truly an organizational feat. It called for coordination between the government, clergy, religious and secular institutions; security, medical, civil, and industrial services. Numerous volunteers helped dispense these services to pilgrims across innumerable nodal centres and institutions.
Through the entire experience, we had a living demonstration of Salesian – Laity collaboration. May God bless the Spanish Volunteers for their generosity and cheerful service, even as they serve as role-models for youth ministry in our Salesian Province.