After 15 years of organizing the Canadian delegations to the international World Youth Day gatherings, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CEO of Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation, is stepping down. CNS photo/Bob Roller

Fr. Rosica steps down from World Youth Day post

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  • February 15, 2017

Fr. Thomas Rosica is stepping down as national coordinator of the World Youth Day delegations.

Rosica, CEO of Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation, has organized the Canadian delegations to the international World Youth Day gatherings since he worked as the national director of WYD 2002 in Toronto.

After 15 years, Rosica is succeeded by Isabel Correa, director of the Youth Ministry office at the Archdiocese of Montreal.

“I have known Isabel from the preparations of WYD 2002 in Toronto and have long admired her bold, courageous, diligent leadership,” Rosica told The Catholic Register in an email.

“She is one of the best youth ministers in Canada and has truly seized the momentum and dynamic of World Youth Days. She is eminently qualified to be leader of future delegations to other world-class events. I congratulate her and thank her for her willingness to take up the torch of St. John Paul II in challenging young adults to give a reason for their hope, to believe in Jesus, and to unite and to live out their faith.”

Correa has worked as the youth ministry director in the Archdiocese of Montreal since October 2004. She has organized Montreal’s youth delegations to seven international World Youth Days, including a delegation of about 250 pilgrims to Krakow, Poland, last year.

“The goal (of World Youth Day) is to build disciples of the new millennium, to have young people experience the presence of Christ,” Correa told The Catholic Register last June. “We want them to make that connection so that they can come back and live that every day.”

Correa will be coordinating the next Canadian delegation to WYD in Panama City, Panama, on Jan. 22-27, 2019. The theme of the celebration is based on Luke 1:30, “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

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Having organized parish groups to WYDs since 2005, I can honestly say other than at the last minute in 2008, Fr Rosica adding pilgrims names to a list with the Spanish consulate in Toronto (which actually didn't help in the processing of VISAs...

Having organized parish groups to WYDs since 2005, I can honestly say other than at the last minute in 2008, Fr Rosica adding pilgrims names to a list with the Spanish consulate in Toronto (which actually didn't help in the processing of VISAs at all), what value did his role or will the current one do for parishes organizing youth to attend WYD. He was more at the level of wining and dining officials and hierarchy at the venues, not providing assistance and guidance to parishes.

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