Trio of NU Students Participating in World Youth Day

July 23, 2013  |  by Michael Freedman


NU students James Mackey, seventh from left, Erinn Hill, twelfth, and Courtney Weiser, second from right, are among a group attending World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Three Niagara University students are attending World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event, which begins today and continues through July 28, is expected to be among this year’s largest Christian pilgrimages, highlighted by the first international appearance of Pope Francis.

NU students Erinn Hill, ’14, Courtney Weiser, ’15, and James Mackey, ’16, will take part in this festive encounter with their contemporaries that is centered on deepening one’s faith, growing closer to Jesus Christ, and sharing the message of Christ with all the youth of the world. It’s theme, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” comes from Matthew 28:19.

Hill, Weiser and Mackey traveled to Brazil with 16 students from fellow Vincentian universities. They began their experience by attending the international meeting of young people in the Vincentian family last week (July 18-22) in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. There, the students received a warm welcome from the Very Rev. G. Gregory Gay, C.M., ’76, who served at Niagara University in various capacities in the early 1980s. Father Gay is currently superior general of the Congregation of the Mission, overseeing the worldwide Vincentian community.

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