Monday, August 8, 2011

Bishop Gerald Wilkerson's message to World Youth Day pilgrims

Dear friends,

As you prepare to depart from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to attend World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Yours is a pilgrimage of faith. You will meet Catholics from all over the world. Together, you will pray for our church and our world. You will be nourished by the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus himself.

You will also meet Pope Benedict XVI, the successor of St. Peter. May your hearts be open to his words, and may you be strengthened by his leadership to come to a deeper love of Jesus Christ.

Please pray for me and for all the members of our church family, especially those here in the San Fernando Pastoral Region.

— Bishop Gerald Wilkerson

Bishop Gerald Wilkerson is Archdiocese of Los Angeles San Fernando Pastoral Region auxiliary bishop. Reach him at

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