On Aug. 15, the Archdiocese of Denver will celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Youth Day 1993, the international youth event that Blessed John Paul II referred to as a “revolution.”
Denver’s World Youth Day culminated with an open-air Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II at CherryCreekState Park, attended by some 750,000 pilgrims, including youths representing nearly every country in the world. The event was the largest gathering ever in Colorado history, and it was the first and only time a World Youth Day took place in the United States.
In an interview with the Denver Catholic Register, published July 17, Cardinal J. Francis Stafford of Rome, former archbishop of the Denver Archdiocese (1986-1996), recalled that expectations for the event were “low.” For the full interview, click here.
The Archdiocese of Denver will celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Youth Day 1993 on Aug. 15, beginning at 4 p.m., with a program of music, testimonies and an open-air Mass, at the JohnPaulIICenter for the New Evangelization at 1300 S. Steele St. in Denver.
The free event will feature testimonies from Mary Beth Bonacci, Ana L.Galván de Tiscareño, and Cara Rhyne, who participated in World Youth Day in 1993, as well as Father Giovanni Capucci, who began his journey to the priesthood at the event.
Music will be provided by Shaun Garrison, of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, and well-known World Youth Day speaker and musician, Steve Angrisano. Footage from the 1993 event, featuring Blessed John Paul II and his message to the youths of the world, will be shown throughout the afternoon.
Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila will celebrate Mass at 6:30 p.m.