World Youth Day Pilgrimage: Tough Yet Uplifting

WYD 2011

A couple of good friends and I felt it would be a great ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to experience World Youth Day in Madrid. Hearing that a religious order called the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE for short) was offering a World Youth Day pilgrimage travelling to Portugal, France, and Spain for a month, we eagerly signed up. During our stay, our group of about 300 which included youth, many sisters, brothers, and priests indeed lived the pilgrim life.